The Mexican Street Dog is a breed of dog found on the streets throughout the country. They are medium to large sized dogs, with a variety of colors and coats.
Mexican stray dogs are usually medium to large in size, with an average weight ranging from 15 to 30 kg and a height ranging from 40 to 60 cm at the withers. As for life expectancy, it can vary between 10 and 15 years. They are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Breed history in brief
Their origin dates back to the dogs introduced by the Spanish colonizers and the pre-existing native breeds in Mexico. Throughout history, these dogs have survived and adapted to the conditions of life on the streets, which has contributed to their genetic diversity.
These street dogs have played an important role in Mexican society, often being companions and protectors of local communities. Their adaptability, intelligence and loyalty have made them an integral part of urban and rural life in Mexico. Animal welfare organizations and programs work to promote their care, sterilization and responsible adoption.
In general terms, their appearance can vary widely, as they inherit traits from different breeds and mixtures. The tail can be long, short or of medium length. The eyes are usually expressive and of different colors, depending on the genes inherited from their ancestors.
The coat type can be short, long or medium length, with a variety of colors including black, white, brown, brown, gray and combinations of these.
Temperamentally, these dogs tend to be adaptable, intelligent and loyal. Due to their street nature, they have developed survival skills and a great ability to adapt to a variety of situations. They are generally friendly, affectionate and protective dogs, showing a brave and vigilant attitude.
Common health problems
Due to their genetic nature coming from a great diversity of dog breeds, there is not enough knowledge about which are the most common diseases that such dogs can suffer from. However, given their lifestyle, they are more likely to suffer from parvovirus, canine distemper, leptospirosis, ticks, fleas and mange.
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