Photo: Xoloitzcuintli Makes First Appearance at 2012 Westminster Dog Show (Georgio Armani seen here)
Monday marked the start of the 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and some breeds made their debut at the event, including a little guy by the hard-to-say name of Xoloitzcuintli.
Also know as the Mexican hairless, the Xoloitzcuintli is a rare breed of dog distinguishable by its oversized bat-like ears and nearly completely hair-free body.
Just last year, the Xoloitzcuintli (said to be pronounced “shoh-loh-eets-kweent-lee”) was welcomed back to the American Kennel Club (AKC) after being dropped in 1959, when lack of registrations and show entries caused it to be dropped.
The Xolo is said to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, with natural selection having made it one of the healthiest dogs in history.
This year, a Xoloitzcuintli named after the famous fashion house Georgia Armani is said to show best at Westminster. Georgio was the first Xolo to win Best in Show in AKC competition. His kennelmate Mole from Bayshore Kennel in Virginia also made a splash in 2011, becoming the first Xolo to win back to back Best in Shows in September.
At this year’s Westminster Dog Show, the Xolo is joined by 5 other breeds making their debut at the event:
- American English Coonhound
- Cesky Terrier
- Entlebucher Moutain Dog
- Finnish Lappund
- Norwegian Lundehund