Thinking Of Getting A Taco Terrier?
A Taco Terrier sounds like a strange breed of dog, if a dog at all. It is a dog, a hybrid. The Taco designation comes from what has become familiar to many, from the TV commercial, the Chihuahua. The Taco Terrier therefore is a mix between a Toy Fox Terrier and a Chihuahua.
Taco Or Chorkie?
In the small dog department, and the Chihuahua is of course the world's smallest, the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), as well as the American Kennel Club (AKC), has come to recognize a number of cross-breeds involving the Chihuahua. Of the smaller dogs it is a breed that is quite compatible as far as cross breeding with other small breeds is concerned. There are over a dozen hybrid breeds (sometimes referred to as designer breeds) in which the Chihuahua plays a role, or 50% of the role if you will. One of these hybrids, the Toy Fox Terrier - Chihuahua, is your Taco Terrier. If, instead of a Toy Fox Terrier, one parent was a Yorkshire Terrier, your puppy would be a Chorkie.
Blood Line And Temperament
Whenever you purchase a mixed breed or hybrid puppy, there are two things which are likely of most importance to you. First, is the puppy a true hybrid, and if so is it a first generation hybrid (one parent is a Toy Fox Terrier, the other a Chihuahua), or a multi-generational hybrid (either or both parents may be pure breeds or Taco Terriers)? Whichever it is may not make a big difference to you, but it still good to know what the blood line of the puppy is, especially if you wish to register it. Second, what is the puppy going to turn out to be in terms of size, looks, and perhaps most important, temperament? Chances are pretty good, the answer is that it will take on some of the characteristics of each of its parents. In any event, it's going to be a small dog. Let's take a look at the characteristics of the two breeds involved, and hazard a guess as to how the Taco Terrier is going to shape up.
The Toy Fox Terrier
The Toy Fox Terrier stands between 8 and 11.5 inches at the shoulder, and typically weighs between 3.5 and 7 pounds. It is classified as a companion dog, though it has in the past been used as a hunter of small rodents such as rats and mice. It has a smooth coat and sheds very little. The Toy Fox Terrier is considered perfect for apartment living. It enjoys a good walk or romp, but is generally not considered an outdoor dog. For one thing it is not tolerant of cold weather. It is an extremely intelligent breed, and considered to be very affectionate, though it sometimes can have problems with small children and other dogs. It has a life span of around 14 years.
The Chihuahua is the smaller of the two breeds, standing 6 to 9 inches at the shoulder, and weighing between 3 and 6 pounds. Some Chihuahuas have smooth coats, others have long coats. It is also classified as a companion dog, and in spite of its sometimes hyper personality, it is very trainable and once trained, extremely obedient. The Chihuahua's barking habits and discomfort with strangers make it an excellent watchdog. Like the Terrier, it is strictly and indoor dog, and not at all tolerant of cold weather. Chihuahuas can at times be a problem with small children, but generally are very affectionate as a family pet.
Best Of Two Worlds
The Taco Terrier, in taking on the characteristics of its parents, is very similar to both breeds as outlined above. It has a life span of 12 to 15 years, weighs in the neighborhood of 8 pounds, and is very affectionate towards people. It has large pointed ears, a pointed muzzle, and is quite muscular for a small dog. It usually has a short coat with Fox Terrier markings, and like the Fox Terrier and Chihuahua, does not shed much, and needs only occasional grooming. The Taco Terrier is highly trainable and generally quite well behaved. Like the Chihuahua, it tends to bark at strangers and is therefore a good watchdog, but does not bark as much as the Chihuahua tends to. It is a great apartment dog, but also enjoys a daily walk, even a fairly long one.
If it's a small companion you're looking for, the Taco Terrier might be just the right fit for you.