Taco Terrier

3-6 lbs
6-9"
United States
Chihuahua
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.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
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
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Taco Terrier nose
Black
brown Taco Terrier nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Taco Terrier coat
Brindle
sable Taco Terrier coat
Sable
pied Taco Terrier coat
Pied
white Taco Terrier coat
White
blue Taco Terrier coat
Blue
fawn Taco Terrier coat
Fawn
cream Taco Terrier coat
Cream
red Taco Terrier coat
Red
brown Taco Terrier coat
Brown
black Taco Terrier coat
Black
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
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Taco Terrier requires daily brushing
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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: 8.5 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
Female Taco Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 2.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Taco Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Taco Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 3.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Taco Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
Female Taco Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs

Taco Terrier Owner Experiences

Mavis
1 Year
2 People
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Just adopted Mavis a few days ago, and I don’t know what I did to deserve such a great dog! She’s shy around new people and dogs, but she has warmed up to my sister and her beagle-bulldog after the first day, and now they are best buds, running around the yard and playing in the cutest way. She only barks while playing, otherwise she is quiet as a mouse. She was pretty clingy with me the first couple days, but has since gotten more comfortable being alone. She is incredibly smart, and already knows sit, stay and come! Couldn’t be more proud ☺️
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Coco
7 Years
4 People
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Very territorial ! Cuddly dog with lots of energy!
4 weeks ago
Pippin
7 Years
2 People
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Pippin is a wonderful little boy! He’s a very extroverted dog, and is always happy to meet a new face — whether they’re other dogs, people, or even cats! He is extremely friendly and definitely a social butterfly. He particularly loves making the rounds at group gatherings to make sure he gets pets from EVERYONE, and boy, does he like to cuddle. One of his favorite things in the world is just being on the couch and being held. He’s one of those dogs that sees and open hand and puts his head under it to give you the idea he would like some pets, hehe. Pippin is quite smart and picks up on new commands quickly. He’s observant, notices routines, and my husband and I even joke that he’s our other dog’s own “service dog,” as our other dog has epilepsy and he will come get us if she starts having a seizure somewhere. He is seven years old now, and throughout his life, his health has been very good. The only health issues we’ve ever encountered have been tooth problems (he’s had a few removed over the years), which you do tend to see in smaller breeds like chihuahuas and their mixes. Pippin can be protective, particularly if he hears any noises outside of our apartment door, sees people passing by our windows from the inside, or if I’m out on a walk alone with him and we encounter someone acting a little weird or who surprises him. Generally, he’s all bark and no bite in those instances, and we’re working on his leash reactivity. He’s always very friendly, affectionate, and pleasantly curious about guests we have in our home or out in public when we bring him around! This is a wonderful little breed that is very loving, very caring, super cute, charming, and actually quite hilarious. As with ALL dogs, as long as you train them well, they’ll be great additions to your family.
1 month ago
Ollie
6 Months
2 People
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My Ollie is a scaredy-cat he is scared of everything from motorcycles to Unfamiliar people. But once he gets to know you he is nothing but playing and cuddles he has 2 other small dogs he stays with in our home. He loves fetch walks and all the squeaky toys in the world. He really is my bestfriend although he tests me with trying to pee on the carpet even though he knows he has to go outside. Very hyper but once calm is a huge cuddle bug
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Lucky
9 Months
2 People
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Ive had my Dog since she was a puppy . She loves to cuddle ! She has her own bed but only sleeps with us .. under the covers is her favorite ! Very smart and took a lil to home train. She loves playing fetch and catches on easily!
3 months, 1 week ago
Jack
3 Years
4 People
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He's so funny, loyal and cheerful dog. He's a little bit fearful about everything (mailman, dogs, gardener), we love him.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Chyna
1 Year
6 People
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Just got her couple months ago from neighbor in the building. They didn’t have time for her she was shy at first but after a week we fell n love with her. She loves kids, getting rub all day lol, loves sleeping under the covers. This my first dog & we are blessed to have her.
4 months ago
Fred
4 Years
1 People
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He is a rescue, just had to save him. He was on death row so you see his gratefulness. He is funny does weird things , he loves to roughhouse, and loves attention but doesn't really show it like most dogs. He has actually bitten a few dogs Wich has been somthing new. I'm a truck driver so I'm out on the road for a few months at a time and he had alot of adapting to do but has come along way and learned the routine pretty fast. He is a good and is getting set in his ways and has trained me to get use to him Lol. I have some videos of him and pics wish I could show them here. But he is stubborn and sometimes just won't listen but hey we get around that. And he got a big mouth. Great dog though
5 months, 1 week ago
Bindi
3 Years
3 People
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Very protective! Would do anything to ensure our safety. Loves a good bark out the window whenever dos pass by.
6 months, 1 week ago
Hector
6 Months
2 People
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At 4-6 months he started becoming very vocal and guarded around strangers and other dogs. Started bringing him to my office daily and 8 days later he's already made a ton of social progress! Plus he gets me out on a lunch time walk.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Sophia
7 Months
5 People
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Sophia is such a joy to have. She is definitely a daddy's girl when it comes to my fiance. My kids love her and keep her on her toes whilst she keeps them on theirs. She is so lovable and a big cuddle bug.
7 months ago
Wilson
8 Years
2 People
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We got our little guy, that was rescued, from Kansas.He was neglected and had to have 12 teeth pulled.He is very smart and loves his peoples, ALL peoples. He is very quiet and only barks at his toys sometimes. He is very affectionate and loves to sleep under the covers. Wilson is our baby.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Winston
11 Weeks
4 People
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Got this little guy a few weeks ago. Everyone always gushes all over him when they see him. Super socialized with humans and loves them. Is nervous of dogs at first. Loves chasing and playing with our cats. Loves playing with our 3 and 6 year old. Proving to be very difficult to bathroom train. We switched gears and are not litter training him. Barks when excited and playing. Otherwise is pretty quiet. A playful nipper, chews and eats everything and anything. A loving companion, who catches onto training quickly (besides toileting) naps a lot, LOTS of energy in between naps.
1 year ago
Tilly
14 Weeks
3 People
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She's so adorable and has been going really well since we received her. She can already do a couple tricks, mostly potty trained, and knows to stay in our yard. She absolutely hates children though so we're working on that.
1 year, 2 months ago
Honey Pot
11 Weeks
4 People
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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 year, 4 months ago
Priscilla
4 Years
2 People
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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 year, 5 months ago
George
2 Years
3 People
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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.
1 year, 6 months ago
KOCO
7 Years
6 People
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She been a member of family 4 years and loves everyone but people with hats
2 years, 2 months ago
Jackson and Rowdy
1 Year
4 People
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He is so fun and protective
2 years, 3 months ago
Rocket
12 Months
2 People
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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.
2 years, 5 months ago
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