Taco Terrier

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Mexico <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Toy Chitoxy 
Toy Chiwoxy 
Foxchi

A brief presentation of the Taco Terrier

The Taco Terrier takes its name from its two parent breeds, the Chihuahua and the Toy Fox Terrier. The Taco part of the name refers to the little Chihuahua in the Taco Bell commercials. It's a popular breed that's tiny, which means it can fit into any home, however small. They come in many colors, but are generally sable, brindle, piebald, spotted, merle or speckled. They are generally short-haired, unless the Chihuahua parent is a long-haired type. The Taco Terrier is an intelligent, eager-to-please dog that gets along well with most other pets and older children. Because of its size, you should always supervise it with young children.

History of the Taco Terrier

The Taco Terrier hasn't been around long enough to have a solid history. So we need to look at the history of the Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier breeds.

 

        

A little of the Chihuahua

        
The Chihuahua is a Mexican breed descended from the Techichi, an ancient Mesoamerican breed used in Toltec sacrificial ceremonies around 300 BC. Legend has it that the little dog was first used worldwide. According to legend, the little dog was a guide to the afterlife, and families would sacrifice one of these dogs for each family member when they died, to help them join the spirit world. The more modern Chihuahua wasn't common until the 1900s, when Spanish musician Xavier Cugat began showing his dog at public appearances. It became popular in the USA in the early 1900s and has been owned by many celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Madonna, Britney Spears and even Marilyn Monroe. The Chihuahua is still the 30th most popular dog breed in America and has been a member of the American Kennel Club since 1904.
Standard of the Chihuahua

 

        

A little of the Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier is a small dog born in the U.S.A. in the 1900s from Italian Sighthounds, Manchester Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Miniature Pinschers and Chihuahuas, to create a small dog capable of chasing foxes and other vermin from their dens. The tiny Terriers were also popular in circuses, dog shows and agility competitions. In fact, they have been known to leap more than a meter into the air. They've also been seen in numerous commercials and even enjoy watching television, according to the AKC, which accepted the breed in 2003. They are currently the 116th most common dog breed in the United States.
Presentation of the Toy Fox Terrier

Appearance of the Taco Terrier

The Taco Terrier is one of the smallest hybrid breeds in existence, weighing less than 3.5 kilos and standing around 25.5 centimeters tall. Their coat is short to medium in length, depending on the type of Chihuahua, sparse and straight, and is generally multicolored. Common colors include white, tan, blue, piebald, chocolate, red, black, sable, brindle and spotted. Although a small dog, they are very athletic, muscular and courageous. It has large, round, dark eyes, usually brown, and a short, pointed muzzle with a black or brown nose. Its triangular ears are soft and hang down over its face.

Temperament of the Taco Terrier

Even though the Taco Terrier is small, it has a huge personality and tons of courage and bravery. He'll defend his family against any danger, no matter how big or scary. So he needs to be socialized from infancy to be manageable. When training, you need to be patient and firm, as they may try to push the limits if they can. Because of their Terrier origins, they are very energetic and love to hunt. So you need to watch them when they're around small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. However, they are very affectionate with their families and make wonderful companion dogs.

Needs and activities of the Taco Terrier

The Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier are both energetic dogs, so the Taco Terrier will need plenty of exercise every day. It's essential that your dog gets at least 90 minutes to two hours of vigorous exercise a day to stay healthy and avoid boredom. These small dogs don't even need much space for most activities, and you can do most of them in your own home, but all dogs need to get out several times a day. It's best to take your Taco Terrier for two or three walks a day, and add in a few extra activities like a game of fetch, a visit to the dog park or running errands in the yard. He's small enough to live in an apartment, but ideally, this lively hybrid would love a secure backyard to dig and play in.

Maintenance of the Taco Terrier

Taco Terrier care depends on its parentage. If your dog ends up with a medium-length coat, you'll need to brush and comb him more often, using a wire comb and a bristle brush. It's best to brush at least four or five days a week. However, if your dog has a short coat, you can make do with a quick brushing with a long-hair brush several times a week. If you don't brush your Taco Terrier enough, you're likely to have quite a lot of hair loss in your home, so it's best to brush him at least every other day. Your Taco Terrier should also have his nails trimmed about once a month to prevent splitting or cracking. Small-breed canines are prone to tooth decay, so brush his teeth several times a week.

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