Alphabet Challenge :: X :: Xoloitzcuintli

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Hairless and Coated Xoloitzcuintles side by side.

Hairless and Coated Xoloitzcuintles side by side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Xoloitzcuintli, often shortened to Xolo, is pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee. They were removed from the American Kennel Club in 1953 then re-recognized in 2011. For AKC standards click here. Xolos are a rare breed that comes in three sizes; toy, miniature and standard. Hairlessness is a recessive trait, so some members of the breed can come out with a full coat. These dogs were initially used as healers since their intense body heat could soothe some ailments. Health issues for the Xolo revolve mainly around their skin.



Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

A Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.

Image via Wikipedia

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of the retrievers. There was one at the vet hospital yesterday who’d gotten a bath. I had the honor of brushing him out. Talk about the sweetest dog ever. He was really good for me when I was working on the matting on his legs and even went so far as to roll over on his back for belly rubs. He’d just been adopted, and I’d say his family is pretty lucky.

This breed was developed in the early 19th century to lure and retrieve waterfowl. The act of them playing around the water would lure the ducks within shooting range (called “tolling”). They’re an intelligent and loving dog who would do better if given some sort of job. Maintenance for their water repellent coat is low (occasional baths and brushing).

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are generally a healthy dog. Their lifespan is about 12-14 years. They do face some genetic disorders, possibly due to a small gene pool. Disorders include:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Hip dysplasia

If you’d like more information on the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, you can visit the AKC website.



  1. AKC – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  2. Wikipedia – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever