Researching typical attributes of a dog’s breed can be a great way for a dog sitter to gain a basic understanding of a pooch before caring for him or her. Though all of us at Rover would never recommend stereotyping dogs on the basis of their breed, basic knowledge about their size, habits, and temperament can be a valuable jumpstart for any caretaker.
Most dog sitters have a good sense for the standard attributes of well-known breeds. However, through this series of posts, we will highlight some lesser-known dog breeds to help dog boarders or dog sitters who might be unfamiliar with these more rare pups.
Today we would like you to meet Pepita, who is more commonly known as Pita. Pita is a Xoloitscuintli, pronounced shoh-loyts-kweent-lee. She is an Aztec Mexican hairless dog, and lives with her family in Seattle. The Xolo, as the Xoloitscuintli is commonly known, might be a rare breed for most Seattle dog sitters, but has existed in Mexico for over 3,000 years. Most likely descendent from indigenous American dogs, the hairless mutation may have been a reaction to the harsh tropical climate.
Pita is just under ten pounds, and a tiny little package of sweetness. Xolos can vary tremendously in size, ranging from Pita’s size all the way up to fifty pounds. Regardless of their size though, Xolos are generally high energy and very intelligent. Pita fits this description well, for at thirteen years old, her energy level is that of a young puppy! Assuredly something to be aware of though with Xolos, especially in Seattle, is their inability to tolerate cold weather. Pita, for example, loves sailing, but only with a warm jacket on – and only on dry days. Staying warm is imperative for Xolos, and has to be priority for anyone caring for this pup!