Have you ever heard of a Taco Terrier? If not, don’t feel bad because you’re not alone, but this dog breed is actually growing in popularity and if this is your first introduction to the adorable mix, then you’re in for a real treat. This small dog is such a wonderful cross that it’s being replicated time and time again because it offers so many cool characteristics and traits. Here are 10 things that most people really don’t know about the Taco Terrier, but should.
1. The Taco Terrier is a hybrid dog breed
This gorgeous and well-proportioned small dog is a mixed breed that is a cross between a chihuahua and a toy fox terrier. This means that the dog is a candidate to inherit all of the amazing traits from both breeds rolled into on amazing and tiny package. They are becoming one of the more popular hybrids around.
2. They are a recognized designer hybrid dog breed
Although the Taco Terrier is not a purebred or a breed that is officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, it is recognized as a designer dog breed by several canine clubs. These include the American Canine Hybrid Club (DDKC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DRA), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (IDCR), the International Designer Canine Registry Recognized Names American Canine Hybrid Club, the Taco Terrier Designer Dogs Kennel Club and the Taco Terrier International Designer Canine Registry.
3. Taco Terriers are known by a few different names
The most common name for this hybrid is a Taco Terrier. They are also known as Chitoxy Toy, Taco Terrier Chihuahua, Toy Fox Terrier Mixed breed, Chitoxy Toy, Chiwoxy and Chisoxy Toy. It’s likely that the names for the hybrid will consolidate as continued breeding and familiarity move forward with the passage of time.
4. The puppies are always a surprise
You never really know what the puppies are going to look like because they can receive any combination of traits and characteristics from their parents. This is part of the fun of raising litters of the hybrid pups. They may come out with terrier features or look more like a chihuahua. They can also vary in size and weight ranging anywhere from 6 to 10 pounds.
5. Taco Terriers come in a variety of colors
These designer dogs are born in a variety of different colors and color combinations. A pup may be a solid color from black, buff, gold, red, chocolate, cream or white. They may have a variety of different marking patterns. In addition, some interesting party colored dogs have emerged.
6. They’re small and full of personality
Taco Terriers are known to have very interesting personalities. While every dog is an individual, when one of these hybrids is raised in a loving and encouraging environment, their true personalities can shine through. They’re not hard to train but are generally stubborn and strong-willed. Having said this, it’s when they funny they’ve done something they shouldn’t and you confront them. This smart little dog will look the other way, try to change the subject and may even flash you a sheepish grin. They’re absolutely hilarious.
7. They’re great for apartments
Because of the small size of a Taco Terrier, they make the perfect family or companion dog for people who live in small areas. They can get plenty of exercises because it doesn’t take much room for them to stretch their legs. They’re not much of an outdoor dog anyway and if you take them out for a quick walk around the block once a day or even every other day, it’s all the exercise they really require.
8. The puppies must-have toys
Go ahead and deprive a Taco Terrier puppy of his toys and you’ll find out what happens. They have an insatiable natural instinct to chew when they’re teething. These small dogs have baby teeth that are a lot like needles. They can shred a slipper or shoe in no time at all. Make sure they have their own toys to play with so they’re more likely to leave your things alone.
9. Training must start early
Because of the stubborn nature of these pups, it’s important to start training them early. It’s important to use positive reinforcement because harsh punishment or screaming at them can break their wills. The goal is to teach them right from wrong with the concept of consequences. When trained from small puppies, they usually respond with obedience.
10. They’re burrowers
By virtue of their genetics, Taco Terriers are burrowers. If you allow them to sleep on your bed at night, they are most likely to find their way inside the covers to burrow to the bottom of the bed. This is an instinctual thing and they get the tendency from both lines of their parentage.