Xoloitzcuintli dogs, due to the same genetics that give them their hairlessness, often have incomplete dentition. While they don’t typically have trouble eating, the gaps in their teeth can occasionally make them more prone to developing cavities and gum disease. Untreated, these types of disorders can create chronic pain, cause additional teeth to be lost, or even result in bone loss in the jaw. These diseases can be expensive and difficult to treat, but taking a few minutes to brush their teeth on a regular basis is a simple and inexpensive way to help prevent the problems from occurring in the first place.
While not all dogs of this breed are hairless, the majority have little to no fur, leaving their skin exposed to the elements. The skin of the Xoloitzcuintle dog is thicker than the average dog, giving the dog a little extra protection, but they are still more prone to acne and dry skin, which can sometimes lead to skin infections. They don’t always need as much skincare as other hairless breeds, but some precautions should be taken in order to be certain that their skin remains healthy, helping to ensure that they live out their entire fifteen to twenty-year lifespan in good health.
Parkour is a training discipline that can be a healthy way to exercise for both you and your canine companion. Originally developed in France in the 1980s, this method of training turns objects in the everyday environment into obstacles in a constantly shifting obstacle course. It is an exercise technique that can be employed just about anywhere, requires both you and your dog to use both your mind and your muscles, and requires very little equipment. The Xoloitzcuintli is an athletic and agile dog, skilled at balancing and climbing and has lightning fast reflexes. They tend to enjoy any adventure in which they can remain close to their human companions and in general, should make excellent parkour partners.