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October 03, 1955
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October 03, 1955

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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We must agree, however, that not a great deal of enthusiasm has been shown about this animal by Mexican dog fanciers until now. But it is incorrect to say that this association has registered only five specimens. No less than 13 were exhibited at our last circuit of shows—all of them, of course, registered with this association.

The animal is something of an enigma, as specimens appear which are not entirely hairless. The theme is a complex one, but the University of Mexico is publishing a detailed study of the whole question, embodying its paleontological, archaeological, historical, traditional and genetical aspects, and we hope that, in due course, this will be published in English in the U.S.A. Meanwhile this association has appointed a committee to revive, or re-establish the breed, having due respect to history and tradition in this country. In view of the present scarcity of the animal amongst dog fanciers in the capital, we are searching for good specimens in the remoter areas of the republic, which we are entrusting to specially selected members who are interested enough to breed them selectively and scientifically, in cooperation with our committee. We hope thus to save this animal from extinction through uncontrolled miscegenation with dogs with ordinary coats.

Traditionally in this country two different types have been recognized, each with distinct names in the Nahuatl language. At the local shows, the larger (and rarer) form has always been classed with the nonsporting group, and the smaller with the miniatures. Both forms are a good deal larger than the Mexican hairless bred in U.S.A.

But any would-be American breeders will have to realize that anything our members might be able to send them will not be of "Chihuahua dimensions." They will be, at maturity, comparable either with small fox terriers, or with, let us say, outsize Irish terriers. Like all their brothers and sisters, they will have a set of teeth which, judged by ordinary canine standards, can be termed "deficient" and, as a result, they will demand less bones to chew. But they will make delightful pets and possibly arouse a new interest amongst dog breeders, as they are beginning to do here.

One final point: local public interest in this matter has risen to such an extent that a special trophy has been offered for the best xoloizcuintle (this is the animal's Nahuatl name) in our next circuit of all-breed shows in October.
Mexico, D.F.

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