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17 Latin Dog Breeds You Should Beg Your Mom To Let You Have

When we think of Latinx culture, we don’t typically think of pets as the first thing central to our household lifestyle. With thousands of dogs in need of a home, here are some Latin American dog breeds for you and your mom to aww over and who knows, maybe she would even cave in and be up to adopt.

1. Peruvian Hairless Dog

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Known for being loyal and loving, the Peruvian Hairless dog will surely the best part of your day. Fun fact: perceived as an Incan dog, they were also kept as pets during Pre-Inca cultures.

2. Uruguayan Cimarrón

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As the only native dog of Uruguay, people take great pride when having the Cimarrón as a pet. They make excellent candidates in dog competitions as well as for hunting and guarding.

3. Argentine Dogo

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Strong and smart, the Dogo Argentino is one reliable breed where it is willing to protect its human companion and show off a brave attitude.

4. Chihuahua

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Tiny but mighty, Chihuahuas tend to put up on heck of a fight, whether when playing with other dogs or chasing off humans. If you have a spunky personality, then this breed may be for you.

5. Brazilian Mastiff

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The Brazilian Mastiff has great tracking abilities and is very good at being a guard dog. They will always have you feeling safe while making a great cuddle buddy.

6. Chilean Fox Terrier

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It takes a while for this breed to warm to you but once it does, it is non-stop loving. They are growing popular in South America too so they might be even easier to spot out.

7. Havanese

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Add on extra cheer to your life with a Cuban native Havanese dog. They can adapt to their surroundings so they are the perfect companion no matter where you are.

8. Brazilian Terrier

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Smart and playful, the Brazilian Terrier is a dog that is always on the go. Definitely one you take for a run or some exercise.

9. Xoloitzcuintle

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Also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, this is a rare breed that has been around for a long time. Known for its hyper personality, they are quite fun for the outgoing.

10. Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound

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Double the nose, double the pros. First, by having the Double Nosed Andean Tiger Hound, you would have a rare breed from Bolivia. Second, their nose is what makes them special as no other breed is like them.

11. Mucuchí

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This breed is well known for its white coat and for always being alert. They don’t call them the Venezuelan Sheepdog for nothing.

12. Guatemalan Dogo

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Guatemala’s national dog, they are not only for companionship but also to serve and guard their families. They are also open to the friends of families bring your loved ones to meet this furry friend.

13. Ecuadorian Hairless Dog

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Coming from the Peruvian Hairless Dog, it is now one of the rarest breeds of dogs. Its body proportions allow it to be considered an elegant animal, and perhaps can reflect its shine on its owner.

14. Mexican Pitbull

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Also known as Chamuco, the origin gives the meaning “devil” to represent its fierce personality. A fighting dog, it can remain friendly and confident around humans.

15. Magellan Sheepdog

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The Magellan Sheepdog can handle a lot of outdoor activities, such as snow temperatures, traveling long distance, and, as noted in its name, is able to herd sheep.

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16. Argentine Pila Dog

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Due to its small size, Argentine Pila Dog is able to adapt into the apartment life quite easily. This makes the dog breed very easy to train.

Read : 20 Bizarre Animals You Can Only Find In Latin America

17. Rastreador Brasileiro

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Not usually kept as a pet, the Rastreador Brasileiro is a hunting dog that should not be near children and the elderly. However, with enough patience, they can be trained.


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Mexican Couple Hailed As Heroes For Saving 10 Dogs From Flooding Caused By Hurricane Hanna

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Mexican Couple Hailed As Heroes For Saving 10 Dogs From Flooding Caused By Hurricane Hanna

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Hurricane Hanna slammed into Texas and Mexico on July 26 as a Category 1 hurricane. Yet, the most resilient story to come from Mexico is that of a couple who rescued some sweet puppies. Their ingenuity is something that will make every Mexican proud.

This is one of the most touching moments from Hurrican Hanna.

Mis papás perdieron todo… pero lograron sacar sus bebés 😭

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Sunday, July 26, 2020

That’s right. Those sweet puppies owe it all to the loving couple who took them into their bucket and rescued them. We have seen so many heartbreaking images over the years of animals abandoned to die when places flood during hurricanes.

The videos, posted by the couple’s daughter, is being accepted with so much love and excitement.

This is a fact. These people are some of the most compassionate people by saving these puppies. Who wouldn’t want to take the time to make sure that their furbabies are okay?

She posted a follow up live video when the flooding subsided to show just how damaging it was.

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Monday, July 27, 2020

The storm dropped 18 inches of rain on southern Texas and northern Mexico. The video shows damage throughout the couple’s home and the daughter was there to document it all for them. It is clear from the level of the water that there was nothing else that could have bee done to protect these little puppies.

They did another follow up just to thank everyone.

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Just like any good Latino couple, they thanked everyone who has reached out to them. It is truly such a sweet and wonderful story. We will forever keep this couple in our hearts because of everything they did.

Tbh, it would be so hard not to protect these angels.

Mi antidepresivo 🐶🐶🥰💕 #Elmilaneso

Posted by Betty Vaquera Escandón on Friday, July 10, 2020

We can only hope to be as selfless and important as this couple.

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Videos Show That Bears In This Mexican Park Are Getting Way Too Close For Comfort

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Videos Show That Bears In This Mexican Park Are Getting Way Too Close For Comfort

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Imagine you’re out taking a stroll in nature, trying to get some fresh air amid all of this chaos. You feel something brush your back and you turn to look behind you and there’s a massive bear.

Well that’s exactly what’s happened on at least two occasions (both of which have been caught on video) in a park outside of Monterrey, Mexico. Groups of hikers are coming into increased contact with Black Bears as they enter more populated areas to search for food and water.

Although the videos look amazing and have quickly gone viral, this bear is getting way too close for comfort.

It all started when a video went viral showing a Black Bear standing up and smelling a woman’s hair.

A series of videos have gone viral on Mexican Twitter as they show a Black Bear getting way too close for comfort to hikers outside Monterrey. The first video showed a group of women hiking the trails of Monterrey’s Chipinque Ecological Park when they got some unwanted attention from a highly curious Black Bear.

The medium-sized bear, captured on a 59-second video, can be seen sniffing the women’s legs and torsos and in one case, getting up on its hind legs and placing its front paws on a woman’s shoulders as it sniffs her hair.

The women in the video appear to do a good job at following the advice from experts to protect themselves from any aggressive behavior. They remained calm and still and waited until the bear left to begin to move. However, the video does also show one of the women attempting to take a selfie as the bear sniffs her hair – not sure how she remained so calm?!

It turns out, the bear has approached another hiker in the same area.

Then, just a few days later, the same bear (identified by a marker on its ear) had another close encounter with another woman at the same park – where such interactions with humans are occurring on an increasingly frequent basis. 

In a video clip of Tuesday’s incident, a woman is approached by the medium-sized bear who sniffs her and lightly paws at her while her husband films the scene, urging her to stay calm. “What should I do?” the woman asks the man, who replies, “Don’t move, stay there.” 

The man remarks that the bear appears very playful, but the tension in his voice escalates as the bear grabs the woman’s leg with its paw. “Bear, bear, come here,” the man says before the clip ends.

Park officials are concerned and say this isn’t natural behavior.

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Bears are typically terrified of people. Attacks are very rare. So this type of approach by the Black Bear is considered abnormal behavior caused by human beings. Park representatives said in a statement that “the interaction shown in the video should have been avoided; what is recommended is to move away when detecting the presence of the bear and not approach.”

The bear in question has already been captured twice and released at the request of neighbors, the park said, but as the animal appears to have lost all fear of humans, it will need to be recaptured and sent either to a zoo or an area less populated by people. 

Gustavo Treviño, general director of Parks and Wildlife in Nuevo León, told the newspaper Milenio that 26 bear sightings have been reported in the municipalities of San Pedro, Santa Catarina and Monterrey. He urged citizens to avoid all contact with them and not to feed them or take photos.

The incidents took place outside Monterrey and officials say bears are quite common in the area.

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Bear sightings are quite common in this part of Mexico. The two incidents took place in Chipinque Park, which is part of the larger Cumbres de Monterrey National Park in the eastern Sierra Madre mountains.

According to experts, this type of sighting is not unusual in the park during certain times of the year, when bears come down from the mountains in search of food and water. The bears even appear in residential areas.

Black bears are considered to be an endangered species in Mexico, due to the destruction of their habitat and illegal hunting. However, its only protected population is in Sierra del Burro, part of the eastern Sierra Madre mountain range which lies in the state of Coahuila.

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