People seem to be really interested in Iorveth's teeth wherever we go so I thought maybe people here might be too. People get really curious when we talk about raw and want to know how he does with he bones since he is missing so many teeth. He does just fine and is a speed eater who has to have frozen meals. He only has one carnassial in each jaw (so a total of 4) and he knows how to line things up just right when they need a crunch.
Coated Xolos have full dentition just like a shepherd or a retriever, but the hairless Xolos are missing teeth. Some think that coated Xolos are essential to the breeding programs in order to put a higher number of teeth in the mouths of the hairless dogs, but I am in the genetic camp. My guy is from a breeding program that does use coateds (which are important to the breed for more than just the teeth reason), but the dogs from his particular line don't have as many teeth as the dogs from the Mexican breeder our next Xolo will come from who does not use coateds. All of his coated puppies are sold to pet homes and he only breeds hairless to hairless but, according to a friend of mine with multiple dogs from that kennel as well as one of Iorveth's paternal half sisters, her Mexican dogs from the Mexican breeder all have around 80% of their teeth.
Hairless Xolos have really funky teeth. Their canines jut forward more rather than down and it looks really weird to some people, I guess. Sometimes hairless Xolos have to have dental work done because of bad tooth placement in their mouths, but our vet hasn't found anything to be concerned about in Iorveth's mouth. He could lose some of the teeth he's got and some Xolo owners try to protect the teeth, but I'm in the side that says, "Let them use their teeth and keep the strong teeth strong".
Anyhow, I've been getting pictures of the inside of his mouth lately because he's obnoxious so I thought I'd post them here in case anyone was interested in the dentition of a hairless dog who eats raw just fine.