The Xoloitzcuintli may be a rare and old breed of dog, but it has the natural qualities for the show ring. Its versatility allows it to become a good show dog, provided it is given the adequate training and care. Since it is a rare breed, a Xoloitzcuintli is an instant object of curiosity to dog lovers, and this certainly gives it an added advantage in the show ring.
The Xoloitzcuintli is an all-purpose dog that has many talents. While most breeds seem to have their special abilities, the Xolo can actually excel in almost all forms of competitions. Because of its exotic appearance, many owners choose to enter their Xoloitzcuintlis for conformation competitions. In such competitions, your Xolo will be judged according to the conformation standards set by the association that organizes the show. It is necessary that you find out about these standards so that you will know if your Xolo is eligible for participation.
There are three types of Xoloitzcuintlis, namely, the Standard Xolo, the Toy Xolo, and the Miniature Xolo. Depending on which club or association you are showing your Xolo, one or two of these Xolo types may not be recognized by certain clubs. For instance, the Federation Cynologique Internationale or FCI only recognizes the Standard Xolo. In any conformation competition, the Standard Xolo's height at the shoulders should measure 13 - 22 1/2 inches, while the miniature Xolo should measure 13 - 18 inches and the Toy Xolo should be 13 inches or less. The Xoloitzcuintli also has two types of coats, coated and hairless. The hairless type is eligible for most competitions, while the coated type is only recognized by selected associations.
Other than the size and the coat, you will also need to know the specific features of the Xoloitzcuintli as according to the standards of the competition. Generally, an ideal Xolo should possess an elegant outline and a bearing of confidence and nobility. Its body is well-proportioned, with a broad chest and long limbs. The head should be strong and broad, tapering smoothly to the muzzle. It has almond-shaped eyes and ears that are long and thin, resembling the ears of a bat. The tail of the Xolo should be long, with short bristles of hair in some cases. It should also display a calm demeanor that expresses a subtle alertness. There are specific standards for every feature on the dog, and you will need to find out from the organizers of the dog show the full requirements.
Other than conformation shows, Xolos are also qualified to join competitions for AKC titles in Agility, Tracking, Rally, and Obedience events. Whatever competition you choose for Xoloitzcuintli, it has a great chance to succeed because it is such a versatile and intelligent dog.