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Taco Terrier

Taco Terrier Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 6-10”
Weight: 7-10 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The Taco Terrier is found in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Tan
  • White

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Taco Terrier is a hybrid mix between the Chihuahua and the Toy Fox Terrier. This hybrid breed does have some major and secondary health concerns that you need to watch out for and pay attention to.

When you look for a Taco Terrier puppy, it is important that you work with a reputable breeder to ensure that your puppy does not have any of the following health conditions.
Some of the conditions to look out for include hypoglycemia, patellar luxation, collapsed trachea, heart problems, Von Willebrand’s Disease, and hydrocephalus.

Hypoglycemia is a condition that you need to keep an eye on and is best known as low blood sugar in the Taco Terrier. When this occurs, it can be fatal if not handled and corrected in a timely manner. Your puppy will need to be placed on a special diet and may require medication to control the condition.

Patellar luxation is a knee dislocation and often occurs in small breed dogs, but can happen to any breed. The Taco Terrier is susceptible to this condition, and you may notice that something is wrong when your puppy holds his or her limb in the air. When a dislocation occurs, your puppy will experience pain and may have a weak limb.

The Taco Terrier can suffer from a collapsed trachea, which will block the flow of air they receive. This condition is most often noticeable because your puppy will cough a lot in intervals. The coughing will often have a hoarse sound to it or may mimic the sound of honking.

Heart problems can occur for a number of reasons, from a heart murmur to heart disease. It is important that you work with your vet to monitor your Taco Terrier for any signs of a heart condition.

Von Willebrand’s Disease is a blood disorder that is inherited in the Taco Terrier. This condition does not allow the platelets to clot the way they are supposed to because the platelets are lacking the proper proteins.

Taco Terriers are known to have a condition called hydrocephalus, which is translated to mean water in the brain. This condition is best described as a collection or gathering of fluid in the brain, and this places unnecessary pressure on the brain. Often, you will notice there is a problem because your puppy’s head will be oddly shaped or your puppy will behave differently.

The Taco Terrier’s life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Taco Terrier fits its name quite well and has the personality just like a taco and a terrier. This breed is spunky, spicy, and full of life. In addition, you will find that this breed is a lover by nature and likes to bond with his or her family members.

While this breed is not just a companion to one person in the home, you may find that he or she does connect better with a single individual. The Taco Terrier is a handful of joy, and you will love the laughs that he or she provides you with.

This breed is not aggressive by nature, but you may find that it does inherit a bit of the aggressive side from the Chihuahua and may have a slight attitude.

Your Taco Terrier will need to be walked once per day, but does not require extensive exercise or outside time. It is important to socialize your puppy early on to prevent any of the aggressive Chihuahua behavior that he or she may inherit.

Your Taco Terrier is considered relatively easy to train, but can be quite stubborn. This breed does like to please his or her owner, but you will find that aggressive and heavy-handed techniques will only make your puppy even more stubborn.

House training the Taco Terrier is considered challenging and will take more time and patience than regular commands and tricks.


Your Taco Terrier puppy is not considered a heavy shedder, but will shed a low to moderate amount. It is important that you brush his or her coat two to three times per week, but more brushing will decrease the amount of shedding.

This breed often does not like to receive a bath and may be difficult to get in the water, which may mean a trip to the groomer is in order. However, you can start at a young age and introduce them to water to prevent any fearfulness.

You should clean your puppy’s ears once per week with a cotton ball and ear cleaning solution. Lastly, you should trim your puppy’s nails to prevent overgrowth, as this is painful for your pup.


The Taco Terrier is a small dog breed and does not require a lot of food. In fact, your puppy will only eat between 1/2 and 1 cup of food per day.

You do need to make sure that you choose a high-quality brand of food that is made with filling, wholesome ingredients such as corn, flour, and chicken.

You can give your Taco Terrier wet food, but this should only be done as a treat. Wet food does not have as many nutrients as dry food and can lead to obesity.

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A Taco Terrier puppy will cost anywhere between $300 and $950 depending on the breeder you choose to work with. In addition to this sfee, you will need to factor in vet care, vaccines, food, and pet supplies, which can run you an additional $500 to $1,000 per year.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Taco Terrier is a bit spicy with a lot of love to give and you will enjoy the affection that this breed shows. Your puppy may be difficult to train, so a lot of patience and commitment is needed. Also, you do need to make sure to take this pup for a walk once a day. This breed ranks a 2.5.


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