Mystery of my Hairless Chihuahua- Solved!

I first started a blog of the same name in 2009, but on a different carrier.  I had recently come into a 3 month old, “Mexican Hairless Chihuahua”. I had known about these dogs for decades because my family took a vacation in Mexico the summer of 1955-56. We were driving down the Western side

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The “Purebred Dog” Fallacy

. Yes, I am saying that there is a tremendous fallacy connected to purebred dogs. That is the fallacy of no new blood. No new dna for 50 or more generations  would not be a problem if there were enough founding fathers to keep all the  gene pool options in play and if all the

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Canine Diversity Project

August 2011. A cat walks by off camera. I was checking out the responders to one of the posts on Borderwars, Bonnie Dalzell,  and I found this wiki project for dogs. http://dogdimension.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=shared:purebreddogs21stc It made me so happy, I could cry. I had independently reached so many of the same conclusions just through my layman’s reading

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More on the Chinese Crested Powderpuff Dog

 1886 from an out of copyright book “Dogs, Illustrated” Right now, there is only one version of the Chinese Crested Dog that counts as the proper type. This perfect type dog has a hairless body and neck, with flowing hair on the lower legs, tip of the tail and the “Crest” itself is like a

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FOXI3 Gene mutation for hairless dogs. Musings.

Above: Mexican Pottery of the ancient type hairless dogs. Below: Ruthie, My hairless xolo. I have mentioned Mexico 3-4k years ago in previous posts. I am speculating on possible uses of the foxi3 when it popped up. There is an AKC breed called “Xoloitzquintle” or Xolo, so I am specifically using small x “xolo” as

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Chinese Crested Foundations; a Manufactured Breed

 Ollie, My Powderpuff Chinese Crested age 3.5 It has been thoroughly debunked that the CC is Chinese in origin. In fact, the FOXI3 gene that is the foundation of  the Crested breed, is the gene with the hairless mutation. This mutation was definitively proved to have originated in Mexico almost 4,000 years ago. No instance

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A layman’s Quick Look at the FOXI3 Gene and its Mutation Causing Pattern Baldness in Dogs. part 2

Part Two: Common Phenotypes of the FOXI3 Hh combination. I find the old books with pictures of the Xolo or alternatively, the Chinese Crested in which they look alike, to be fascinating. They lead me to speculate about their interconnections. They also had a wide range of hairiness on the Hh gene that is now

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