Any of several varieties of small to medium-sized dog of a breed developed by the Aztecs, having erect ears and a long tail. The hairless varieties have a dark-colored almost hairless body, and the “coated” varieties have a short, flat coat.
Origin of xoloitzcuintli
- Mexican Spanish xoloitzcuintle from Nahuatl xōlōitzcuintli dog of the god Xolotl, monstrous dog xōlotl monstrous birth or creature, servant, pet, the dog-headed Aztec god Xolotl itzcuintli dog
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Through Spanish from Classical Nahuatl xoloitzcuintli, from Xolotl + itzcuintli "dog", lit. "Xolotl's dog" or "monstruous dog".