The small Taco Terrier dog is a cross between the Toy Fox Terrier and the Chihuahua. Despite its Chihuahua parentage, this is a very well-behaved dog that is also bold and brave. It is a loving dog and shows loyal tendencies and due to its innate alertness and penchant to bark, it makes a great little watchdog. This dog likes a lot of contact with its human masters. The Taco Terrier is a lap dog and it is great happy to remain sitting on its master’s lap for hours on end.
With both the Taco Terrier’s parents being small breeds, the Taco Terrier is also small. But despite its small and deceptive appearance, it is a muscular dog that is relatively athletic.
In appearance, the Taco Terrier typically takes after the Chihuahua more. They have a small frame, but are very muscular with strong muscular front legs. The Taco Terrier’s large pointed ears are very similar to those of the Chihuahua and are largely disproportionate compared to the rest of its small body. Their eyes are dark, usually of a dark brown or hazel color and its muzzle is elongated and pointed. The Taco Terrier’s coat is very short and it does not have an undercoat making it easy to look after. Its coat colors vary slightly and can be brown, white, black, or tan, which is usually with the typical Fox Terrier markings.
The average Taco Terrier will live between 12-15 years if it does not have health complications along the way.
Taco Terrier sizes
The Taco Terrier is a very small breed of dog and a fully grown Taco Terrier adult weighs between 7-10 pounds only and measures approximately 6-10 inches in height.
Taco Terrier health issues
The Taco Terrier mixed breed dog is a relatively healthy dog depending on the health of its parents. It will enjoy a long life if it does not experience inherited health problems. Typical inherited health problems that the Taco Terrier may suffer from are usually size-related which includes collapsing trachea, rheumatism, patellar, and Legg-Calve-Perthes. Sometimes they have dental and gum problems due to the size of their small mouths and overcrowding of the teeth.
Taco Terrier temperament
The Taco Terrier is a well-behaved dog when in the company of its human family. It is eager to please and extremely loyal making this a great family pet. The Taco Terrier is a protective dog by nature and is very alert, often barking at suspicious people or objects, which is why the Taco Terrier makes a good watchdog. But it is a friendly dog and once it understands there is no threat, it is very playful and affectionate. It shows no sign of aggressive tendencies like the Chihuahua and it is usually an even-tempered dog.
Taco Terrier grooming and exercise
The Taco Terrier has a very short single layered coat which makes it easy to maintain. It needs brushing every few days to maintain the coat’s shine. These dogs do not like water and it may be difficult to bathe them. Bathe the Taco Terrier only when necessary and be careful to use a mild dog shampoo on its sensitive skin.
Its ears are large and upright making them more susceptible to wax and debris buildup. Check them often and clean with a damp clean cloth when necessary to avoid health complications and infection.
Taco Terrier training
The Taco Terrier is an intelligent hybrid dog which makes training easier. They do like to get their own way, especially when they are not the centre of attention; this is when they can display a stubborn streak. They do not respond well to aggression, therefore the Taco Terrier needs to be rewarded with positive reinforcement such as praise and dog treats.
Taco Terrier Suitability and Living Conditions
The Taco Terrier’s small size means that it is suitable for apartment dwelling. It is great with children and people in general, which is why it makes for a great family dog. They are not a demanding dog, therefore these dogs are also suitable for elderly people.
They are only to be kept indoors and do not do well in extreme temperatures.