Ahuilaca | Teresa M Vilá

Ahuilaca | Teresa M Vilá

 

Interview with Non-Sporting Group Breeder Teresa M Vilá

 

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?

Teresa M Vilá: My husband, Kevin Crosby, and I are currently living in Louisburg, North Carolina, after making a move from Colorado at the end of 2021. We moved in order to be closer to my mother. I began in the sport of purebred dogs, exhibiting and breeding Dalmatians with my family in the early 1970s to ‘80 when I left for college. Fast forward 20 years and I started back in dogs doing rally obedience with my first two Xoloitzcuintlis and helping others in the conformation show ring with their dogs. This motivated me to return to the conformation ring while also wanting to learn as much as I could about Xolos and their pedigrees. In 2012, we brought home our first conformation Xolo, GCHS Besitos Muñequita, from the world-renowned breeder Patty Hoover of Besito Xolos in Washington State.

What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?

Teresa M Vilá: Our kennel name is Ahuilaca, which means “playful and mischievous” in the Nahuatl language. We felt that with this one word, Ahuilaca describes the personality of the Xolo very well. We currently have three Xolos. Since we are still settling in to a new state and home, that number will remain low. We feel a good number for us is no more than six adult dogs, ensuring that each gets a good amount of individualized attention.

Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?

Teresa M Vilá: My most noteworthy winner is GCHS Besitos Muñequita. “Muñe” was my first conformation Xolo and we had a great time in the ring, achieving so much with limited showing and always owner-handled. Some of the highlights with Muñe in the show ring were her multiple Group Wins and many Group Placements. Those memorable wins included a Group First during the XCA National weekend in Alamogordo, New Mexico, BOS at Westminster, and BOB in a large and beautiful lineup during the AKC National Championship pre-shows in Orlando. Today, I have a very promising young male, GCH Zacahuil Del Rey, who has achieved a great deal of recognition in the show ring so early in his career. “Zaca” is currently #1 Owner-Handled Xoloitzcuintli. He has a NOHS RBIS, half a dozen NOHS Group Firsts, and several NOHS Group Placements.

Which have been my most influential sires and dams?

Teresa M Vilá: GCHS Besitos Muñequita produced four champions in her one and only litter. Three went on to get their GCH, and one continued on to get her GCHB. Unfortunately, due to complications, Muñe was not able to be bred again. She was awarded Best Brood Bitch at the Xoloitzcuintli Club of America National Specialty in 2018 and 2019. Her daughter, GCHB Ahuilaca Etla, took the same honor at the 2021 XCA National Specialty. GCH Zacahuil Del Rey holds a lot of promise should he produce like his prolific sire, SE FI DK NORD CH & US GCH El Huasteco (Arena) SOD. “Zaca” will bring