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A xolo for Obama?

A Peruvian hairless dog – known elsewhere as a Xoloitzcuintle, or Xolo for short – is the latest pooch profferred to President-elect Obama and family.

Bald and often toothless — and unlikely to trigger allergies – the breed was popular among Incan kings and dates back 3,000 years.

On Monday, Claudia Galvez, director of the Friends of the Peruvian Hairless Dog Association, delivered a letter detailing her offer to the U.S. embassy in Lima, according to a Reuters report. She said she hopes Obama will accept it.

“They do not cause any type of allergy and are very friendly and sweet,” said Galvez.

Obama has promised daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, a new pet for the White House. But Malia is allergic to most breeds.

“We want to give a male puppy to Obama’s daughters, so they get to experience all the joys of having a dog but without any allergies.”

According to Peruvian folklore, the dogs have above-average body temperature, which compensates for their lack of hair, and their owners would sleep with them to help alleviate symptoms of asthma or arthritis.

The puppy Galvez has offered is her’s — a 4-month-old with a pedigree. She calls it “Ears.”

The breed almost went extinct in the 1940s but was saved when a group of committed Mexicans began seeking them out in remote villages.

Comments

Comment from MG
Time November 11, 2008 at 9:23 am

Personally I think it`s time to put America`s dog back in the White House before they become extinct due to prejudice and ignorance.

http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2008/11/bob-4-obama.html

What a message that would send.

http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2008/11/bob-4-obama.html

Comment from Marie
Time November 11, 2008 at 1:05 pm

I am not sure this dog can get wet or eat after midnight….

:-)

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time November 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

How can a dog survive without any teeth?

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time November 11, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Can anyone tell me the adaptive benefit for a dog to be hairless (and toothless!) in Peru? Was this dog found only in the tropical part of Peru? How would it have survived in the higher elevations of Peru? (Well, the entry does say the dog was nearly extinct.) This is quite a strange-looking dog, but there’s something kind of cute about how his paws are tucked under his head for a nap.

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