Taco Terrier

3-6 lbs
United States
Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Chitoxy, Toy Chisoxy, Toy Chiwoxy, Chihuahua Fox Terrier mix
The Taco Terrier got its name from its two parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the Toy Fox Terrier. The Taco part of the name is a referral to the little Chihuahua on the Taco Bell commercials. This is a popular breed that is tiny so they are able to fit into any household, no matter how small. They come in many colors but are usually parti-colored sable, brindle, pied, spotted, merle, or speckled. They usually have a short coat unless the Chihuahua parent is a long-haired type. The Taco Terrier is an intelligent and eager to please type of dog that gets along with most other pets and older children. Due to their size, you should always supervise them with young children.
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier

Taco Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Taco Terrier size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-8 lbs
Female Taco Terrier size stats
Height: 6-9 inches Weight: 3-6 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Tracheal Collapse
Minor Concerns
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Molera
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Heart Murmurs
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Cardiac Test
  • DNA

Taco Terrier Breed History

The Taco Terrier has not been around long enough to form a good, solid history so you have to look at the backgrounds of the Chihuahua and the Toy Fox Terrier breeds. The Chihuahua is a Mexican breed that originated sometime around 300 B.C. from the Techichi, which is an ancient Mesoamerican breed used in Toltec sacrificial ceremonies. According to legend, the small dog was a guide to the afterlife and families would sacrifice one of these dogs for each member of their family when they passed away to help them reach the spirit world. The more modern Chihuahua was not common until the 1900s when Spanish musician Xavier Cugat started showing his dog in public appearances. They became popular in the United States in the early 1900s and have been owned by many famous celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Madonna, Britney Spears, and even Marilyn Monroe. The Chihuahua is still the 30th most well-liked dog breed in America and has been a member of the American Kennel Club since 1904. The Toy Fox Terrier is a tiny dog originating in the United States in the 1900s from Italian Greyhounds, Manchester Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Miniature Pinschers, and Chihuahuas to create a small dog that could chase foxes and other vermin from their dens. The tiny Terriers were also popular in circuses, performing in dog shows, and agility competitions. In fact, they have been known to jump up to four feet in the air! They have also been seen in many commercials and are even fond of watching television according to the AKC, who accepted the breed in 2003. They are presently the 116th most common dog breed in the United States. 

Taco Terrier Breed Appearance

The Taco Terrier is one of the smallest hybrid breeds there are, weighing less than 8 pounds and standing about 10 inches high. Their coat is short to medium length, depending on the type of Chihuahua, sparse, straight, and is usually multi-colored. Some of the most common colors include white, tan, blue, pied, chocolate, red, black, sable, brindle, and speckled. Although they are tiny dogs, they are very athletic and muscular as well as courageous. They have large, round dark eyes that are usually brown and a short, pointed muzzle with a black or brown nose. Their triangular ears are floppy and hang down on their face.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Taco Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Taco Terrier nose
brown Taco Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Taco Terrier coat
sable Taco Terrier coat
pied Taco Terrier coat
white Taco Terrier coat
blue Taco Terrier coat
fawn Taco Terrier coat
cream Taco Terrier coat
red Taco Terrier coat
brown Taco Terrier coat
black Taco Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Taco Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Taco Terrier Breed Maintenance

The maintenance care of your Taco Terrier depends on the parentage. If your dog ends up with a medium length coat, you will have to brush and comb her more often using a metal comb and pin brush. It is best to brush them at least four or five days a week. However, if your dog has a short coat, you can get away with just a quick brushing with a slicker brush a few times a week. If you do not brush your Taco Terrier enough, you may experience quite a bit of shedding in your home so it is best if you brush them every other day at least. Your Taco Terrier will also need her toenails clipped about once a month to prevent cracking or splitting. Small breed canines are prone to tooth decay so brush his teeth several times per week.

Brushes for Taco Terrier
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Taco Terrier requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Taco Terrier Temperament

Even though the Taco Terrier is small, it has a huge personality and tons of courage and bravery. They will defend their family from any danger no matter how large and scary they are so they should be socialized as puppies to be manageable. When training, you have to be patient and firm because they may try to push the boundaries if they can. Due to their Terrier parentage, they are high energy and enjoy hunting so you have to watch them around small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. However, they are very loving and affectionate with their family and make wonderful lap dogs. 

Taco Terrier Activity Requirements

Because both the Chihuahua and the Toy Fox Terrier are energetic dogs, the Taco Terrier will need a lot of exercise every day. It is essential that your dog gets at least 90 minutes to two hours of vigorous exercise daily to stay healthy and prevent boredom. These tiny dogs do not even need much room for most activities and you can do most of it right in your house but all dogs need to go outside a couple of times per a day. It is preferable that you take your Taco Terrier for two or three walks per day and add in some extra activities like a game of fetch, visiting the dog park, or running around in the yard. He is small enough to live in an apartment, but ideally this spritely hybrid would love a secure back yard to dig and play in.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Taco Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Taco Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Taco Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 4 lbs
Female Taco Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 2 lbs
12 Months
Male Taco Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Taco Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 3 lbs
18 Months
Male Taco Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Taco Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 4 lbs

Taco Terrier Owner Experiences

Honey Pot
11 Weeks
4 People
She’s biting a lot and this could be in part because she is teething. She does however bite at your heels and jump up to bite behind your knees when we walk around the house. I believe this is to get attention and possibly she knows that she will get picked up if she does this. She barks at other dogs and sometimes snarls, shows her teeth and nips. She will also do this with her human family (my 7 and 8 year old in particular) and other children when play gets too excitable. She is a lovely lap dog. Sleeps well in her crate at night. Eats and drinks well. Proving to be a bit of a challenge to toilet train.
1 week, 2 days ago
4 Years
2 People
House & Yard
She's hilarious. Super loyal, definitely a mama's girl. Loves playing with the cats and her boyfriend is a fluffy black cat twice her size. Tons of energy and she is possibly the most dramatic creature I've ever seen.Training was a little difficult because she is super strong-willed, but it went well once we found treats she liked. We found her as a stray and we've been in love ever since.
1 month ago
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Highly suspicious of everything new. Barks incessantly at strangers in the house. Will bite if he feels threatened. Can’t trust around small children. He has been highly socialized, but seems to have anxiety issues. Wearing a coat or full length doggy pajamas helps calm him down. Extremely loving and loyal. LAP DOG to the MAX. He wants nothing more than to be with his family. His best friends are cats. He doesn’t bother our chickens, turkeys or guinea pig. He LOVE LOVE LOVES to shred his toys. Super chewer, and destroys all that is his. Best dog ever.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
7 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
playing with ball
She been a member of family 4 years and loves everyone but people with hats
10 months, 1 week ago
Jackson and Rowdy
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
He is so fun and protective
11 months, 1 week ago
12 Months
2 People
Playing in the snow
keep away
Playing fetch
My wife and I received him as a gift when he was about 4 months old. He had been abused and suffered from horrible anxiety. But through lots of love and affection he has come out of his shell and has the biggest personality that he shows more and more of as he gets older.
1 year, 1 month ago
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