Photographer Sophie Gamand, whose incredible dog photos we’ve previously posted, has created “Prophecy”, a portrait series that captures the mystery, dignity, and beauty of the often misunderstood hairless breeds of Xoloitzcuintli and the Chinese Crested.
The series focuses on two major hairless breeds: the Chinese Crested and the Xoloitzcuintli (or Mexican hairless dog), and mixed hairless dogs. Both breeds share similar mysteries around their origins, but if Xolos seem to have evolved into hairless creatures naturally, it is commonly accepted that Chinese Crested were bred and genetically manipulated to look the way they look today. Interestingly, both breeds show dramatically opposed personalities: Chinese Crested often seem more subdued and shy, skittish even, possibly reflecting their longtime ties with humans, whereas Xolos who are considered a primitive breed and highly connected to their natural instincts, are strongly independent, prey-driven dogs with very affirmed personalities. …For this project I approached private breeders as well as rescue organizations specializing in hairless dogs (such as Bald is Beautiful and Bare Paws Rescue). Tor learn more about the Xoloitzcuintli, visit the Xolo Club of America’s website.
photos by Sophie Gamand