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More stunning dog photography

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A Moscow-based husband-and-wife photography team has released another series of dog portraits, and it’s just as spectacular as the first.

Alexander Khokhlov and Veronica Ershova have been a team for years — he taking the pictures, she doing the post-production work — but it was only last year that they turned their attention to dogs.

Intended to visually “explore the wonderful world of our four-legged friends,” The Dog Show, Season 2 continues to showcase dogs in photos that show them in expressive poses that highlight their individual spirit.

This year’s subjects include a Bedlington terrier, a pug, a weimaraner, a Basenji (above), and pictured below, this Australian shepherd.

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This Newfoundland, bloodhound, and trio of xolos were equally striking.

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Khokhlov was born in Calcutta, India. He is now based in Moscow and works as a commercial photographer in creative duo with designer and retouching expert Ershova.

Alexander’s works and interviews are featured in world mass media including CNN, Town & Country, PDN Magazine, Scientific American MIND, Professional Photographer, Talk Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Wired, Holland Herald, Stern, 20 minutos, Quotation, Life magazine, Petapixel.com, Phlearn.com and others.

You can see a much wider selection at mymodernmet.com, and even more at alexanderkhokhlov.com.

How to (ah) choose a hypoallergenic dog

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Despite all the buzz about “hypoallergenic dogs” since the Obamas indicated they may get one, there are no breeds that are truly free of potential allergens, some medical experts say.

“I don’t think there is such a thing as a hypoallergenic dog,” allergy and asthma expert Corinna Bowser (really, BOWSER!) of Havertown, Pa. told WebMD.

While there are countless websites devoted to “hypoallergenic dogs,” the Obamas could find it difficult to find one to which their older daughter, Malia, won’t have an allergic reaction.

Bowser explains that the major allergen in dogs is a protein found in dog serum, and dogs excrete that allergen in sweat and shed it from their skin. “It also gets secreted into the saliva, and possibly a little bit in the urine,” Bowser says.

Since all dogs have that protein, no dog is completely allergy-free, according to Bowser.

She said a German study, published this year, tracked allergies among people exposed to various dog breeds and found that factors related to individual dogs seem to influence the “allergenicity” more than breed or gender.

Breeds commonly cited as hypoallergenic include the poodle, (and several poodle hybrids, like the goldendoodle), Bichon Frise, Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Portugese Water Dog, Schnauzer, West Highland Terrier, Basenji, Airedale Terrier, and our good friend, the Xoloitzcuintli.

Smaller dogs, and short-haired breeds might be less risky, Bowser said. “Hair length could have something to do with how it spreads in the house,” she said, explaining that shorter dog hairs may not stick as much as long hair to furniture, clothes, and other surfaces.

Bowser went on to say that if she was the Obama family doctor, “I would say it’s probably better not to get a dog.”

“Of course, now he made the promise and he kind of has to,” she said. Bowser recommends that before they get a dog of their own the Obama family dog-sit to see how Malia’s allergies fare, and set some rules about how they’ll handle any allergy issues.

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.

Xoloitzcuintle: What’s in a name?

     Correct me if I’m wrong, and I probably am, but as best as I can determine this sometimes hairy, sometimes hairless Mexican breed is pronounced “show-low-its-queen-tli,” or, for short, “show-low.”                                         
     The Xolo comes in three sizes, Toy, Miniature, Standard, and two varieties, with the hairless being the more popular. It can be black, gray, bronze, brindle, or red, and solid or spotted.
     Other than the hairlessness, its most noticeable characteristic is its large upright ears.

They give the dog a bat-like appearance, and add to its super keen sense of hearing, meaning if you mispronounce Xoloitzcuintle, he’ll probably hear you.

Xoloitzcuintle, sometimes alternately spelled as Xoloitzcuintli, is one of the world’s oldest breeds going back over 3,000 years. Artifacts depicting the ancient breed have been found in the tombs of Colima, Mayan and Aztec Indians.

Xolos were highly prized for their loyalty, intelligence, curative and mystical powers and their body heat was used to relieve aching joints and stomach pain.

According to Aztec mythology, the god Xoloti created the Xoloitzcuintle from a sliver of the “Bone of Life” from which mankind was made. Xoloti gave the dog to humanity as a gift with strict instructions — guard it with his life, and, in return, the dog would guide man through the world of death towards the evening star (no, it’s not a newspaper) in the heavens.

The breed almost went extinct in the 1940s (so much for Xoloti’s instructions), but was saved when a group of committed Mexicans began seeking them out in remote villages.

As its numbers dwindled, the Xolo was dropped as a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club in the 1950s, and still isn’t fully recognized by it. The breed is considered “foundation stock” by the AKC, meaning it could someday qualify again.

My advice to the AKC is to ask itself this question: What Would Xoloti Do?