Richard P. DeSpain
About: Xolo's have long played a role in Mexico's past and were highly regarded in many of its ancient cultures. The Aztecs deeply revered the Xolo and believed the breed to have mystical healing abilities. Indeed, the dog owes its name to the Aztecs, who named the breed after their God of lightning and death, Xolotl. The Xoloitzcuintli (/zoʊloʊiːtsˈkwiːntli/), or Xolo for short, is a hairless breed of dog, found in toy, miniature, and standard sizes. ... The name xōlōitzcuintli comes from the god Xolotl and itzcuīntli [it͡skʷiːnt͡ɬi], meaning dog in Nahuatl. The Xoloitzcuintli dog breed dates back some 3,500 years ago, to the time of the Aztecs. Thought to have gone extinct at one point because of its rarity, the Xoloitzcuintli made a come-back in the dog breed world in the 1950s after a campaign was waged to save the breed from obscurity.
Artist: Richard P. DeSpain
Title: Spirit Guardian / Dog of the Gods
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