From the rural towns of Mexico to the hillside villages of Honduras lives the Xoloitzcuintli1
(see Figure 36-1
). This unusual breed of dog traces its lineage farther back than the Aztec Empire. Although rare, you can still find the Xolo
today. The American Kennel Club estimates their numbers
to be nearly 30,000 worldwide: a mere whimper compared to the deafening howl of millions of Labrador Retrievers. With its hairless coat, huge ears, and occasional Mohawk, the Xolo
is a frequent contestant in ugliest dog competitions. Despite these momentary humiliations, the breed ...