Spotted: A xolo in Berlin

Not a great photo, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a xolo in person! This is a shot of a xoloitzcuintli running around Görlitzer Park in Berlin.

A xolo in Berlin

My youngest sister now lives in Berlin, and she confirmed my assessment of German dogs, who seem to live with the utmost freedom and decorum. Perhaps even more than London dogs, dogs in Berlin are unbelievably well behaved. They almost never wear leashes. They know how to wait to cross busy intersections without being told. They ignore other dogs and other people. I find it so astonishing and admirable, coming from a small town in the southeastern United States, where it seems that about 40% of dogs, including my own, are leash reactive. (And maybe it’s really just the leashes that are the problem…)

Anyway, I always get a little thrill when I see a rare breed in person. Have you seen any rare breeds lately? (And does anyone really know how to pronounce xoloitzcuintli?)

3 thoughts on “Spotted: A xolo in Berlin

  1. “show-low-eats-queent-lee.” — — in my experience, I’ve found that 100% of the dogs that are good off leash, but reactive on leash, have problems stemming from the end of the leash that has the loop on it – lol – the handler is busy pulling back on the leash, signalling their nervousness, instead of giving a signal to catch their dogs attention, then imediately slacking the leash so the dog can relax – a dog can’t relax if the leash is tight

  2. Absolutely. It is “Show Low Eats Queent Lee” as Al suggests. When an owner pulls on a leash, it puts the dog’s body position that appears as aggression to other dogs. If owners relax and learn to introduce dogs appropriately, we would have a lot less problems.

    1. pulling back on the leash actually causes your own dog to become aggressive, which in turn elicits an aggressive response from dogs you are meeting – I’m often able to help the owners of dogs brought to me displaying leash aggression as their only problem with a simple demonstration of “cue and relax the leash” – if leash aggression is the sole major problem of a dog’s behavior, it’s usually a quick fix by showing the owner how to handle the leash

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