One of the world’s most ancient and rarest breeds of dog is the Xoloitzcuintli or Xolo breed. They arrived in Mexico from Asia thousands of years ago. A hairless breed, they were the ancient Aztec dog of the gods. Artifacts of the Xolo dog are found in the tombs of the Aztec and Mayan people.
Because the Xolo dog is hairless, it has a unique look. When standing still, some Xolo dogs can look like statues. Such is the case with Sandra Pineda’s Xolo named Piper. Sandra, a twenty-two-year-old medical student from Quezon City, Manila, in the Philippines, adopted Piper when the puppy was just two months old. Now one year old, the two are inseparable.
On January 10, Sandra posted a picture of Piper on her Instagram, and the internet went crazy. Followers to her account thought the Xolo dog wasn’t real. Hundreds of people asked her if she was a real dog or a statue. When Sandra told people she was real, no one believed her.
Sandra also received many comments that her dog was difficult to look at and ugly. Sandra was surprised by these comments, as she thinks Piper is beautiful. It’s hard to find a Xolo dog in the Philippines, so when Piper came along, Sandra knew she had to adopt her.
Xolo dogs are very smart and easy to train. Because they are hairless, they are effortless to groom. Xolo dogs don’t shed, they don’t have dander, and they don’t carry fleas. They are an excellent choice for finicky personalities and people with allergies or asthma. Sandra uses a mild shampoo on Piper and then a coat of coconut oil to moisturize her skin.
Piper does look like a statue in many of her photographs. She is a unique, majestic looking dog. Sandra said her Xolo has a quirky personality and loves to cuddle.
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