Arrived in NZCR care: 25 July 2020.
DOB: 2 years old (DOB: 15/10/2018).
Breed: Chihuahua - Smooth Coat
Registered with NZCAR: Yes
DogsNZ (NZKC): No
Council Registered: Yes - Christchurch City Council (2020/2021 membership).
Cat Friendly: Yes.
Child Friendly: 8 years and older, must be dog-knowledgeable.
Human Sociable: With those he knows.
Dog Sociable: Yes,
* TBC = "To be confirmed"
Taco is a private surrender from the South Island. Taco's family were very sad to surrender him, however they feel they have tried everything (including dog trainers) to make Taco feel more confident and less anxious. They have now made the selfless decision to surrender Taco and entrust him to us to assist him.
Taco has been in care since July 2020 and made amazing progress. He is a completely new dog and now ready to take the steps to find his loving, forever home.
Taco is a happy and playful dog, who loves his toys and going out in the car or for a walk. He likes to bury himself under blankets and sleeping under the covers in your bed at night. He walks well on lead and is always excited about where he is going.
Taco's best friend in foster care is the cat - but he would really love an active doggy playmate to play with as well. He gets on well with small dogs, but bigger dogs intimidate him.
Taco has an independent personality but is very smoochy when he wants a cuddle (especially if you have treats!)
While he is generally wary of strangers, he will make friends with them in time (especially if they have treats!). He likes visiting people and will quickly make himself at home at someone else's house. However he is not so keen on visitors to his own home so he needs to be supervised around visitors until he decides they are worthy of being his friend (this happens quite quickly if they have treats!).
Taco is looking for a home that can offer a quiet, calm and predictable environment. A single person or couple without children would be ideal. He would also benefit from being rehomed with a confident and playful small dog.
Any potential adopter will need to be prepared to spend time with Taco prior to taking him home, so that he knows you and is comfortable in your presence (handy hint - bring treats!).
Taco is toilet-trained. However, at times suffers from submissive urination, which is an occasional involuntary response to physical handling but it is easily prevented by simply approaching him in specific manner and minimizing picking him up unnecessarily, so his adopter will need to be an experienced dog owner who can read a dog's body language. Full instructions and ongoing support by NZCR will be provided. See information here: https://nzchihuahuarescue.co.nz/breed-information/f/submissive-urination---how-do-i-stop-this
Taco is in great health. He has received his preliminary check with our vet in December 2020 and was vaccinated up to date.
Taco has been flea and wormed while in Trust care (we do so every 3 months). He is de-sexed, micro-chipped and his details added to the NZCAR database.
Help Us Help Taco!
New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue is a New Zealand Registered Charity run completely by volunteers. Nobody is paid to participate in our Rescue and 100% of the profits go back into the dogs in our care and community dogs needing assistance. We receive no public funding or grants. Our entire income to assist these dogs is derived from kind donations, sponsorship and fundraising projects. We are always short of money and it impacts how many dogs we can assist as each dog that comes into care needs some form of medical and/or behavioral assistance! Dogs that remain in care for some time also require quite a bit of financial resources from the Trust.
If you could help Taco by donating to the cause, small or large, any amount helps! Please also contact us for a receipt and you can recieve 33.33% of your donation back from the IRD!
Donations can be made via:
The New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue Westpac Trust Account:
By credit or debit card to our GiveALittle:
*** WE ARE NOT CURRENTLY TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS DOG AS THEY ARE NOW ON TRIAL. Please see the "dogs in our care" page for available dogs.***
- Taco is strictly for adoption within the Canterbury area as he will require the support of our team to integrate into his new home. Please do not apply from other parts of New Zealand.
- Taco needs an owner who is experienced in the care of dogs and committed to training. You must have sound dog knowledge and experience. Taco is looking for a home where his new owner can continue to implement the techniques that have resolved his anxiety and reduced his submissive urination triggers.
- Ideally, another small breed dog in the home would be the best fit for Taco as he is very playful and social.
- No full time workers. Taco requires an Adopter who is (very) part time, retired yet active or working from home (permanently).
- Must have a fully fenced back yard with no holes or gaps.
- Taco needs a calm and predictable environment that can provide him with a consistent routine, and not too much stimulation.
- A single person or couple would be ideal, but no small children, under say 8 years of age.
Please note: Taco will require integration assistance from the NZCR team. Any potential adopter will need to be prepared to spend time with Taco prior to taking him home on trial, so that he knows you and is comfortable in your presence
NOTE: Before applying for our dogs, please do read the above adopter requirements and ensure that you meet these. We are very clear about the homes we are seeking. We set the adopter requirements after consultation with the foster carers and consideration of the dogs, needs, welfare and personality. They are strict requirements - no exceptions. Please do not submit an application if you do not meet the above, we will simply respond to confirm the application is declined. Unfortunately, at times this has been the case and we have had to disappoint prospective adopters. This is why we are clear about our requirements prior and note them above.
NOTE ON THE ADOPTION FEES AND TRIALS: Our adoption fees are determined by taking into account age of the dog, overall health and funds expended to date on that particular dog. The trust uses these adoption fee funds on: desexing surgery, micro-chip and NZCAR registration, vaccines, Council registration, flea and worm treatments, plus any other essentials dogs require such as specialist medications or food, blood-testing, orthopedic surgeries etc. and any other dog disposables required for dogs in care. Please note: sorry we do not accept payment plans, as we need to be sure adopters are able to financially support dogs prior to adoption - sorry, no exceptions. Please note: the deposit needs to be made to the trust account prior to the changeover date of the dog going on trial. We do not accept cash payments on the date. The full100% of all adoption fees go towards the dogs in the care of the Trust.