Sometimes you have to wonder why dog breeders promote designer dogs or purebred hybrids. Is it to justify using a goofy name like “cockapoo” in everyday conversation?
But Scotchi dogs, or “taco terriers”, crosses between a Scottish Terrier (“Scottie”) and a Chihuahua make for intelligent and affectionate pets. They also make good watch dogs.
Scotchi dogs are not “cookie-cutter” dogs such as the Scottie. Each puppy in a litter can look vastly different. They come in many colors and patterns.
Many Scottish Terrier Chihuahua mix puppies do not begin growing longer hair until they are three months old. Puppies may grow the bushy eyebrows and beards of Scotties, or the long, fluffy belly and tail of a longhaired Chihuahua.
Their ears can stick up like triangles or be semi-floppy. Eyes and noses are usually dark colored. The tail is long and held curved over the back.
Scotties have long yet wiry coats but Chihuahuas can have short, smooth coats or long, fluffy coats. How long a Scottish Terrier Chihuahua dog’s coat will be depends on the Chihuahua side of the family.
Puppies grow up in between the size of a Chihuahua (six to nine inches) and a Scottish Terrier (10 to 11 inches.) They rarely weigh more than 25 pounds, unless they need to go on a diet.
The “taco terrier” is a bold, happy dog with high self-esteem. They are quick to bark when strangers are around. But they can be trained not to bark.
These are still terriers and will hunt rodents, or at least chase them. But they can get along with other dogs, cats and other animals like children or senior citizens.
These are “Velcro dogs” in that they like constant physical contact from their people. They make great lap dogs and may go into strange wriggling motions in order to get a belly rub.
Grooming Needs of the Scotchi
When you see photos of a longhaired Chihuahua or a show quality Scottie, you can’t help but wonder if crosses of these two breeds will result in perpetually filthy puppies. But crosses are far easier to groom and bathe than their purebred ancestors.
Taco terriers need an all-body brushing at least once a week. They need their claws clipped about as often. They don’t need bathing unless they stink.
Shorthaired Scotchis shed more than wire-haired coats. Wire-haired coats tangle more often and need more brushing than shorthaired dogs.
Is the Scottie-Chihuahua Mix Right For You?
Scotchis need attention and prefer to always monitor their humans’ activities. This is not a dog that can live outside – they must live indoors with people.
Because of their small size, these are great dogs for apartments or mobile homes. They do not have the tremendous exercise needs of larger dogs, although they still need one brisk walk per day (just long enough so that the dog is panting.)
Scotchis are good dogs for first-time dog owners. They do not have tremendous grooming needs, exercise demands or drool excessively like many purebred dog breeds.
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