A Mexican Xoloitzcuintle (show-low-ee-SQUINT-lees), which sounds like a Mayan god or a venereal disease, won Best of Breed at the World Dog Show.
These handy pets are good for people with allergies, and when financially pressed (after spending $2500 to buy one) they can be eaten.
Xolos were common throughout Mexico at the time of the
Spanish Conquest. They were considered sacred by the Aztecs, who sometimes ate their meat as a cure-all for illness or buried the dogs with their
owners to help guide the human spirit to the afterlife. The dogs are still believed by many to have healing qualities.