By Dr. Watuwa JamesDr. James Watuwa Last updated: 27th November 2023

Taco Terrier

Taco terrier, a popular choice with dog lovers, is a small and charming hybrid between the Toy Fox Terrier and Chihuahua. The taco terriers have large, dark, round eyes and the head similar to a fox, combining the characteristics of its parent breeds. With a muscular body like the Toy Fox Terrier, large pointed ears like the Chihuahua, and long, narrow muzzle, this breed has a well-proportioned body.

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Quick Information

Other namesChitoxy, Chihuahua Fox Terrier mix
CoatShort, straight, single-layered
ColorCrimson, chocolate, black and tan, sable, drop, red, brindle, tri spotted, gloomy and white
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedToy, Terrier
Life span12-15 years
Weight6-10 lbs (2.72-4.5 kg)
Size and HeightSmall; 9-10 inches
TemperamentAffectionate, clever, energetic
Good with ChildrenYes
Barking Occasional
Country Originated inUnknown
Competitive RegistrationIDCR, DRA, DDKC, ACHC

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Despite its small size, the Chihuahua and Terrier mix are quite energetic and stubborn. Although the taco terrier is least likely to alert its owners about the presence of trespassers, it can defend its family when it senses a possible threat. On being threatened, it does not back away easily and can even show aggression. Being affectionate, it likes an occasional cuddle from their owners. Due to its lovable and playful nature, it gets along well with kids. Since it can be wary of other small animals, keeping it away from other pets in the family is a good option.



Having an abundance of energy, these dogs require regular exercise like running and brisk walking for 30-40 minutes. As a fun-loving and lively breed, they are fond of games. Therefore, allowing them to run around and play in fenced backyards will provide them both mental and physical stimulation.


Taco terriers are a low-maintenance breed with grooming needs like other dogs of its size and coat type. Apart from brushing their smooth coat with a firm-bristled brush, you need to look after their dental hygiene. Use quality dog toothpaste to brush their teeth every week and a mild soap for bathing only when required.

Health Problems

Although a healthy breed, taco terriers often inherit common health issues like patellar luxation, rheumatism, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, allergies, collapsing trachea, colds, and problems of gums from their parents. To ensure the optimal health of your pet dog take it to a vet for checkups every 3-4 months.


Since these dogs are intelligent, they make the training process a lot easier. However, their stubbornness calls for the adoption of smooth and persistent training methods. Introduce the puppies to housebreaking and obedience training. Give them rewards when they obey your orders correctly, but be firm and consistent to prevent the development of any unwanted behavior.


Like other small dogs, taco terriers should be served with 1/2-1 cup of formulated dry dog food. To ensure that they grow and thrive properly, include a source of protein like salmon, beef, or chicken in their diet. Also, make sure they drink adequate quantities of water regularly.

Interesting Facts

These dogs cannot tolerate cold and wet weather. They are often seen wearing a coat that keeps it warm and comfortable during the colder months. They are usually kept indoors for avoiding serious health issues in the winter.

21 responses to “Taco Terrier”

  1. Suzette says:

    Luv my Itsy. I adopted her. She was rescued from a holding situation and was pregnant. I never got to meet her pups 3. She is my angel. Best dogs ever ! She is very sweet very laid back loves running around and walks . She wines for me but only barks lightly when time to come in. She’s the love of my life !

  2. Gina killerlain says:

    I have an 8 month old he is all black I need to re home him asap his name is blazer we are from Wisconsin

  3. Amy Williams says:

    I’ve had my taco terrier, Xena for more than 4 years now, couldn’t imagine my family’s lives without her. She is the sweetest, and loves my kids, so much I think she thinks they are her kids. I want to breed her, but she hasn’t found Mr. RIGHT, yet. I would like to keep the blood pure, so I am hoping to find her another taco terrier for the babies daddy. Anyone know of one we live near Vallejo, CA, Napa, CA. Let me know if u know of one near me.

  4. Duby Garcia says:

    I found mine in a remote area of a Texas farm road. She is the sweetest and most lovable little girl. I had her dewormed and vaccinated. She has gained weight since I found her. How she survived the predators, it’s a mystery to me. I don’t understand how people can dump their pets and puppies like that. I have seen several dogs along that same road but unable to catch them, I’m glad she came over to me. She’s my second rescue. Good thing I live in a ranch, so I can rescue more ????

    • Holly says:

      Wow. We had the exact same exact experience as you in Texas. Found her running down a farm road headed towards a road with traffic. We pulled over and came straight to us. She had bites and ticks and predator wounds all over her. Its been a week now and can no longer see her bones anymore. She get along great with our cats, pits and chickens! Just love her.

  5. Monica says:

    I lost my papillon in October. I would like to find a Taco Terrier. I am located in Palm Desert Ca. Anyone know of any in my area?

    • Forrest says:

      I live in morongo. I got my little Sheldon at the PS animal shelter. I went in about once a week for a month or two and made sure the staff knew what I was looking for. I suggest you try, it did wonders for me. Be sure to tell the staff what you are looking for it was a BIG help in my case. Good luck!

  6. Matt says:

    I just studded my toy foxie out to an apple head teacup chihuahua and she produced six very attractive puppies. I cant believe how much attention these puppies get. I got them their first set of shots they are almost 8 wks old now and there are 2 left.

  7. Jason M says:

    I have a taco terrier. She is 10.5 years, but is slowly going down hill. She is suffering from spinal issues and odd facial growths. Don’t know if that is common in this breed.

  8. Christie says:

    Hi everyone! I recently purchased a Taco Terrier here in Las Vegas, NV. I paid $150 for her at a pet store close to my house. She is the sweetest, sassiest, smartest, most loving dog I’ve ever had! She is beautiful! She is blonde with golden eyes and a brown nose. She was so easy to train! I’m so in love! If anyone is interested in purchasing one, the pet store I bought her from is called Pet Kingdom. 2431 E. Tropicana Avenue. 89121. 702-451-9123. Google Pet Kingdom on Tropicana and Eastern in Las Vegas, NV for the website. Hopefully the owner can help you to find one!? She’s a very nice lady that owns the shop! Good luck! ❤ Christie and Triscuit ????????

  9. Bryan says:

    I had a Chihuahua x Fox Terrier mix who passed away a few weeks ago. She was 17 years old. I desperately am looking for another one and i’m having trouble finding one. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Lisa from Brooklyn, NY says:

      So sorry on your loss Bryan. She is getting much love over the rainbow.
      We just adopted a dog thru Adopt a pet, but also look at Petfinder. Check sites DAILY, and be quick to submit paperwork or you lose out. Ours was listed as a Yorkie Chihuahua mix, but at 16 wks and 5 lbs dont see Yorkie. After researching, seems like Chihuahua and toy fox terrier. We are very happy and gave a rescue dog from TN a new life, of love and fun. Had shots and was neutered and chipped. Good luck!

    • Ann says:

      Not sure where you are at in the USA. I have what is a toy fix terrier chihuahua mix female that is 3 years old max. I spent $500 shots, teeth cleaning, spaying, and hart guard and flea stuff here in Central Texas. She is smart but not sure I’d want to let her go. I had her for 3 mos now adoptsd her from Belton Texas animal shelter in July. She listens is energetic likes to cuddle and has green or hazel eyes pink nose and lips with mainly white with a brown heart shaped spot.

    • Christie says:

      Hi! I’m not sure if you’re still looking for a puppy? I posted a comment on this thread about Taco Terriers. Maybe it will be helpful for you!? I’m so sorry for you loss! Best of luck finding a new fur baby!

  10. Annetta Wockenfuss says:


  11. Jill Gray says:

    Are any of these darling Taco Terrier puppies available for adoption? I live in Santa Maria, CA. Only have $500.-$600. To spend. I currently have a female Yorkie rescue, apprx 8 yrs old, calm and loving. We lost two Bostons this past year and my yorkie seems lonesome. Would love to hear from you. Thank you kindly. Jill Gray. Text 805-478-7745

    • Dee says:

      Hi JILL. I FOUND MINE ON Rescues are a way to go. Google tatchas, or chihuahua mix terriers there is a slew of them. Needy of luck.

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