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6 New Breeds at Westminster Dog Show (Slideshow)

6. Xoloitzcuintli

These hairless dogs are the national breed of Mexico. Xoloitzcuintlis can be traced back to the time of the Aztecs, where they served as guardians of the dead and were highly prized. Though well-known in Mexico, they are rare in the United States. As a result, Xolos have been mistaken for the legendary mythical chupacabra!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:19AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

A dog's a dog, a generous and loyal creature that wags its tail and licks your hand. Adopt, don't buy. And don't breed!

5:12AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Yeah, keep idolizing breeders all you want! Real animal lovers only adopt their pets from shelters and rescues. No one who actually loves animals would ever buy a living being.

2:34PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

These are expensive and will be well treated, thousands more will perish, hungry, alone, unwanted and unloved.

Just like humans.

3:39PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

@Rosi: Thank you for your comment.

12:42PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

There are as you show amazing animals all over the world and I wish you could tell us more.

1:29PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Truthfully, there is nothing new under the sun. The ancestry of all dog types, does, if you follow it back, lead to an incredibly small amount of types within types. It is a fascinating exercise, and really shows how under the skin, there is so little difference. Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer Therapist

8:31AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Good article, to bad it's only in slideshow form. Takes to long to load each page that it becomes boring. Why can't Care2 make these articles available in single page?

9:51PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

I wish some of the people commenting would realise that there's a big difference between breeders of show dogs and those who operate mass-production "puppy farms". The breeders I know have purchasers lined up for their puppies long before the litter is whelped; and many of the buyers will have their pups neutered as soon as they're old enough. Some people do want to have some confidence about the characteristics of their dogs, including hip & eye testing, so they choose purebred pups from reputable breeders. And I speak from experience: I had a purebred CCC-registered Rotti, and when she died, I bought a "mongrel" from the local AWL shelter; both have been excellent dogs in their own way.

12:22AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the information.

11:46AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Know all of these breeds; great to see them becoming better known, for they all carry some great qualities unique to their breed. Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer Therapist

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