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Ixcuintle - Mexican Hairless Dog

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504375.  Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:08 am Reply with quote

I've not seen one - but believe there is/was one in Chapultepec Zoo. The name comes from the Nahuatl for dog.

It's also mexican slang for kids/youths - "pinches ixcuintles" being commonly cited as the purpatrators of most minor crimes/vandalism.

They're very expensive to buy (possibly illegal?) and are quite a status symbol.

I think this is a picture of one:

Can anyone verify this received wisdom - google is letting me down?

504719.  Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:56 pm Reply with quote

Perhaps if you looked under a different spelling? A google for 'Mexican hairless dog' throws up , which bears the markedly similar name Xoloitzcuintle .

504728.  Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:12 pm Reply with quote

Wow, thanks Jenny - never heard it called that - I'll do some digging and find out why.

Xolotlan itself is the Aztec god of life and death, which was commonly associated with monstrous figures, the word also means "monster."

Ixcuintle = dog.

So it's a monster-dog!! Cripes!

621317.  Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:55 am Reply with quote

the dog's photo is not very good. I show you a site where you see the dog in colours

621423.  Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Those are terrific photos - thanks Mary, and welcome to the QI forums :-)

621784.  Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:04 pm Reply with quote

Cripes! So it's an actual recognised breed.

Thanks for the link - the descriptions give too much detail for my liking - nice pix.

And welcome.


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