About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.

Celeb Pets

Meet the Beautifully Unusual Hairless Dog Breed that Inspired Coco's Dante the Dog

Posted on

Dante the dog is one of the stars of the Oscar-nominated animated movie Coco, but his roots, like the film’s, are in Mexico.

The pup of the Disney/Pixar flick was modeled after Mexico’s national dog, the Xoloitzcuintli. Often called a Xolo, these hairless canines have a long history in the country that stretches all the way back to the times of the ancient Aztecs.

Serving as a canine companion for thousands of the years, these dogs have earned a special spot in the culture of the country.

“In ancient Aztec myth, when somebody died, they had to do on a journey towards a kind of ‘Land of the Dead’ called Mictlan, and it was impossible for somebody to navigate on their own. They need to have a Xolo dog with them,” Coco director Lee Unkrich explains in the clip above.

Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. 

The Xolo’s connection to both the living and the dead, and Mexico’s culture, made the breed the only choice for Dante’s character.

These canines are friends, protectors and legends, and soon they could be Oscar winners too.

Coco will be out on Digital February 13 and on Blu-ray February 27.

Outbrain

Tags