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Friday, February 1, 2019

Incredibly Rare Puppy Is So Shiny That People Mistake Her for a Metal Statue


When Philippines resident Sandra Pineda’s father first saw a picture of the xoloitzcuintle, an incredibly rare Mexican-originated breed of dog, he was immediately in love.

The family searched far and wide for a breeder that could sell them a xoloitzcuintle, which are incredibly rare on the East Pacific island. They ended up with Piper, who arrived with her new family at just 8 weeks old—but little did they realize that a photo of their precious new pup would catapult the family to internet fame.

The reason? Thanks to a unique lack of fur for the North American breed, people thought the photo was of a statue!

The xoloitzcuintle is also known as the Mexican hairless dog, and is common in its native country but incredibly rare around the world. Characterized with incredibly sparse or completely absent hair and a condition known as oligodontia, which causes the dog to lose at least six teeth over the course of its life, the pups are certainly a fascinating specimen.

To read more on this story, click here: Incredibly Rare Puppy Is So Shiny That People Mistake Her for a Metal Statue

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