That's one cool looking pooch!
The latest additions to the American Kennel Club (AKC)'s official list of dog breeds is perhaps one of the most rare and exotic of them all (even if just in name): the Xoloitzcuintli (SHOW-low-eats-QUEENT-lee), or for short, Xolo.
The Xolo originates from Mexico, dating as far back as 3,000 years ago. The Aztec had considered the Xolo a sacred dog, with the power to heal and guide the deceased safely to the underworld.
And it is said that Christopher Columbus had written about the breed in his field journal, commenting on their unique look.
The breed has also long been the centerpiece of Mexican artwork, including that of Frida Kahlo, most likely due to its distinguished physical traits.
Because of its shape and disposition, the Xolo has often been mistaken for a Chihuahua, another breed native to Mexico.
Although this new interest has increased the world population to 30,000, there are currently fewer than 1,000 of them in the U.S.
But let's try to keep this Xolo on the DL.
We don't want Paris Hilton stuffing one of these cuties in her purse!
[Image via pbase.com.]