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|Here is the Taco Terrier at a Glance|
|Average height||6 to 10 inches|
|Average weight||7 to 10 pounds|
|Coat type||Single, short|
|Grooming Needs||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Three times a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Good|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low|
|Good Family Pet?||Good|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization, but better with older children|
|Good with other Dogs?||Good with socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Moderate to good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Average|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Very good to excellent|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Good to very good|
|Trainability||Easy to train, sometime house training takes a bit longer though|
|Exercise Needs||Somewhat active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Moderate|
|Major Health Concerns||Patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, Hydrocephalus, open fontanel, CHG, Legg-calve-Perthes, Von Willebrands,|
|Other Health Concerns||Shivering, skin problems|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$300 to $900|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$435 to $550|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$275 to $400|
Where does the Taco Terrier come from?
The Taco Terrier is a new designer dog that has not been around for as long as some but is seeing a growing popularity over the last few years. Designer dogs are deliberately bred mixed dogs using most often two purebreds. Some are given a name that is a blend of those two parent’s names. Designer dogs have been growing in numbers over the last 3 decades or so. Some are bred by good breeders with thought behind them, but many are just bred in the hopes of creating something that sells well by puppy mills and money grabbing bad breeders. Always be sure of who you are buying from.
A lot of these designer dogs do not have much known about them when it comes to who first bred them, where and why. Therefore to understand them a little better it helps to look at the two parents, their origins and their personalities. Remember though that despite what may have been promised by the breeder there are not guarantees with genetics in first generation breeding. Some may inherit the best qualities of both parents but some may be more mixed or even swing the opposite way.
The short haired Chihuahua was discovered in Chihuahua a Mexican state, in the 1850s. Before that there are two theories as to where they come from, one is that they are a result of breeding small hairless dogs from China with local dogs when they were brought over by Spanish traders. Another says he is descended from the Techichi a central and south American dog dating back to the 9th century. After the 1850s the Chihuahua was taken to America and by the late 1800s they were being shown. In 1904 the first one was registered with the AKC. The short haired was bred with the Papillons or Pomeranians to get the long haired variety and the breed became very popular over the years being 11th according to the AKC.
He is a brave, daring and confident dog, alert, and usually bonds more closely to one person. He can be quite sensitive and demanding in his need for affection and attention. He is not a natural with children, especially younger ones, and early socialization helps.
The Toy Fox Terrier
The Toy Fox Terrier was bred in the US using smaller Smooth Fox Terriers along with toy breeds like the Manchester Terriers and Chihuahuas. He was bred to be a toy dog in size and be a companion as well as a hunter of squirrel. Because he trained and performed so well he was often used as a performer in traveling circuses.
The Toy Fox Terrier is very intelligent and trains easily. He still performs well in dog shows in areas like rally, obedience, flyball and agility trials. He has a long life span and is very loyal and protective. He bonds closely with his family and expects to a center of all activity and attention. He has a lot of energy and while eager to please he also can be independent.
The Taco Terrier is a very devoted dog, completely loyal to his family and can sometimes bond more closely with one person in the family. He has a bold and brave heart which can get him into trouble because of his small size. He is smart and loves to play both with you and by himself with his toys. A socialized and trained Taco Terrier is well behaved, friendly, affectionate and loves to sleep next to you or on you. He is alert and can be a good watchdog, he is wary of strangers. Some can inherit the slight aggressiveness of the Chihuahua but often they are more even tempered.
What does the Taco Terrier look like
This dog is small weighing just 7 to 10 pounds and standing 6 to 10 inches tall. He has brown or hazel eyes that tend to not be as bulging as the Chihuahua, and are oval shaped. His ears are large and pointy and he has a muzzle that is long and pointed. His head is fox like and his body is in proportion, small but sturdy. His front legs are muscular and he has a single layered coat that is short. Common colors are black, white, brown, tan, red and brindle.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Taco Terrier need to be?
He has a lot of energy but his size means that in terms of exercise he is not that demanding. A lot of what he needs he gives himself with all his playing. A couple of brisk walks a day would be good, some play time with you, visiting a dog park or time in the yard if there is one. He can live in an apartment though as long as he still gets out each day. Don’t forget to give him some mental challenges too to prevent boredom.
Does he train quickly?
He is intelligent and eager to please but he can be stubborn. As long as you are firm, consistent and positive though he will train fairly easily. Reward him with praise, treats and he may even train quicker than most other dogs needing less repetition for each stage. However house training may be a bit harder so may need more patience. Early training and socialization are very important for any dog. It helps him become a better dog more rounded, better behaved and more trustworthy.
Living with a Taco Terrier
How much grooming is needed?
He can be anywhere from a low to moderate shedder so if you want a guaranteed low shedding dog this may not be the dog for you. Brush him at least three times a week and you may need to do some regular vacuuming. Other than that his coat is easy to look after as he does not regular clipping or stripping. Sometimes the Taco Terrier does not like water so bathing may be hard. Start him young as a puppy to try and get him to where he tolerates it and remember you only have to bathe him when he really needs it using a dog shampoo. Other things to take care of are his ears wiped and checked once a week, his nails clipped when they get too long and his teeth brushed at least three times a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Taco Terrier can get along with children fine but due to his size he is better with older ones rather younger ones who do not yet know to be more careful. Teaching children how to interact with dogs is also an important step you need to take. Early socialization and training are important to help improve how he gets on with them. He may need more help with other animals though.
He is a good watchdog and will bark to alert you of an intruder, otherwise his barking is occasional. He needs to be fed ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food a day and have it divided into at least two meals. Good for warm climates but not at all good in cold ones.
To have better odds on a healthy dog ask to see parental health clearances and visit the puppy to see the kennels’ conditions and the health of the other animals too. Certain conditions he may be more prone to being something passed on from the parents include Patellar luxation, hypoglycemia, heart problems, collapsed trachea, Hydrocephalus, open fontanel, CHG, Legg-calve-Perthes, Von Willebrands, Shivering and skin problems.
Costs involved in owning a Taco Terrier
The Taco Terrier puppy could cost between $300 to $900. Other costs for things like a crate, carrier, collar and leash, deworming, blood tests, shots, micro chip and neutering come to $360 to $400. Medical basic annual costs for check ups, flea prevention, vaccinations and pet insurance come to $435 to $550. Other annual costs for things like license, food, training, treats and toys comes to between $275 to $400.
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The Taco Terrier is a great companion and lap dog if that is what you are looking for. He has a lot of spirit and personality and will be very loyal. He can be too bold sometimes and will need watching especially at dog parks.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Taco Terrier come from?
- What does the Taco Terrier look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Taco Terrier
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Taco Terrier