Proudly inspired in Mexico! We named this cute member of our Baxalam family Xolito because to create him, we inspired ourselves in our dear Xoloitzcuintle. The Xoloitzcuintle is a Mexican dog and is one of the few races not created by men. During prehispanic times this dog was the Mexicas best friend. Xoloitzcuintle is combination of Xólotl which means slave in náhuatl and itzcuintle which means dog, also in náhuatl. Due to abnormalities of the dog, he was considered sacred and served for representing men in sacrifice and guiding spirits to the underworld. Imagine how incredible it would be that a Xolito could walk beside you towards the light! As a God, it was Xólotl, the twin brother of Quetazlcóatl, in charge of guiding the sun to the underworld. Because Xoloitzcuintles don’t have hair, their body temperature is one degree Celsius higher, and this I why they normally go through life with their tongue hanging out, to level their temperature. They rarely bark, so the Spanish conquerors called them the muted dogs. Ja! The most popular example of this race is Dante staring in Coco. In case you haven’t watched it, here’s a brief introduction:
The Spanish Crown determined in the XVII century that the race should be extinguished. And so… the Mexican dogs were poisoned, taking the race to near extinction. . However, in 1950 they were rediscovered in some parts of Guerrero and Oaxaca. Since then, organization such as “Xolos Tarango” have worked to conserve the specie, which has constantly been part of the art scene of Mexico in ceramic pieces, sculptures, paintings, etc.(www.xolostarango.com.mx). It has even been the endearing companion of famous Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Raúl Anguiano and Francisco Toledo. Xolito… rediscovering Mexico!