LebTown features a different Lebanon County pet each Friday to help us enter the weekend with the best vibes possible.

This week, meet Xoco!

Xoco (pronounced “sho co”) is a Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced “sho low itz quintley”), a Mexican hairless dog. Her name means “littlest sister,” according Diane Carroll, who adopted her as a 3-month-old puppy in August with her son, Adam Carroll of Annville.

“Xoco is a standard size, so she will get to be about the size of a Lab,” Diane says. “They don’t have skin like other dogs, they have hides to help them navigate through the forests back in the Aztec days.

Diane says the Xoloitzcuintli are “a very primitive breed” dating back nearly 4,000 years. They have an interesting history, she adds, but because they aren’t a typical breed, “extensive research needs to be done” before someone considers adopting one.

“Xoco is outrageously smart, crazy athletic and completely bonded with her humans and pack,” Diane says. “We’re so excited to see this beautiful girl grow into an adult Xoloitzcuintli!”

Congratulations to Xoco for being this week’s LebTown Pet of the Week!

Looking for a pet? Check out available adoptions at the Humane Society of Lebanon County.

To nominate your pet, email pets@lebtown.com and include:

  • Your name and your pet’s name
  • Pet’s breed if applicable
  • A little about your pet and why they should be “Pet of the Week”
  • And of course—pictures! Feel free to send high-quality attachments or a link to an online storage service.


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Tom has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades. In his spare time, he plays fiddle with the Irish band Fire in the Glen, and he reviews music, books and movies for Rambles.NET. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and has four children: Vinnie, Molly, Annabelle and Wolf.


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