Life with a ScotChi or Taco Terrier


Pepper, a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Chihuahua, was featured in one of our first ever posts at the Scottish Terrier and Dog News. Now, some readers do not like it when we write about so-called designer dog mixes, but I’m with Pepper’s owner, Bonnie Story, on this. She writes, “I am not in favor of the current overbreeding of ANY dogs, much less of mutts, so I’m truly not trying to promote the Puggle du jour.” She knows Pepper is “persona non grata in purebred circles and (is) ready to suffer the slings and arrows, should they come (her) way.”

Bonnie writes a blog all about Pepper and her mixed breed dog friends, and she’s totally cool about Pepper not being the prettiest girl around. She’s even compared her to a fruit bat.


Now before anyone gets excited, just because Bonnie compares her dog to a fruit bat, doesn’t mean you need to call ScotChi Rescue. Here’s what else she has to say about her pet:

Pepper in particular is such an incredible joy to me, let me count the
ways:

  • At 12 pounds, she handily flies on Alaska Air with me, right in the cabin as carry-on. Convenient size!
  • She’s a ferocious rat and mouse killer and a tough, responsive field/farm partner.
  • An awesome doorbell and car alarm.
  • Very sweet and snuggly too, and she lets me be neurotic about her when I need to be.

OK, enough! I do go on.

The Scottie News will just add that Pepper cleans up real nice too.

11 thoughts on “Life with a ScotChi or Taco Terrier

  1. I am Pepper’s “oma” or grandmother if you prefer. Pepper and Bonnie are a dynamic duo of the most amazing kind – pardon the bias.

    Pepper has brought joy to all who are related to her, Oma and Auntie Cara get the greeting of a lifetime when we have the pleasure of being in Pepper’s company – unless there is mouse potential, then we must wait for our greeting.

  2. I totally disagree with this, i also have a scotchi and i can tell you right now every person who meets her compliments how gorgrous she is and i must say she is just adorable and nothing at all like a fruitbat. If you would like a photo of my lil Athena please let me know as i would love to share the less “fruitbat” like side of this breed =D.

    1. can i see a picture of your scott chi? I have one too & mine is a cutie, everyone always tells me my dog is so cute. & my mocha doesnt have that kind of hair or… googly eyes.. the picture kinda scares me.

  3. As a long time Scottish terrier owner who absolutely adores the breed, I have to say, in my opinion, these “scochies” are horrifically ugly. Sure to each their own, but either the chihuahua or the Scottie in its purebred form is far more attractive.

    1. I agree 100% with Monica. I personally do not care for anything but a pure bred dog. The pure bred Scottish Terrier should be maintained in all its regal glory. Was this cross breeding intended or an accident that happened? Everyone has the right to the type of dog they want and their opinion. I just gave mine! Please have a blessed day.

  4. I recently rescued what I have not found to be a Scottchi and I have to tell you Everyone who sees her Loves Her immediately. I have also said that she looks like a fruit bat and wonder why breeders would mix these two breeds Except That their Personality Absolutely Makes up for their ugly cuteness. She is tough, playful, very loving and protective. I love the fact that she is a “velcro dog” but is also so very friendly with Every person and Dog she meets. What I love most about her is that she makes me smile and laugh many times a day. We ALL Need That!

    1. How funny!!!! I adopted a “terrier/chihuahua” mix..and just yesterday I was looking at different mixes and suddenly I realize what MY Pepper is…a Scottchi!!! Some of the pics I’ve seen are identical to my Pepper.

  5. I recently rescued what I have now found to be a Scottchi and I have to tell you Everyone who sees her Loves Her immediately. I have also said that she looks like a fruit bat and wonder why breeders would mix these two breeds Except That their Personality Absolutely Makes up for their ugly cuteness. She is tough, playful, very loving and protective. I love the fact that she is a “velcro dog” but is also so very friendly with Every person and Dog she meets. What I love most about her is that she makes me smile and laugh many times a day. We ALL Need That!

  6. I had a black scottie who went to doggie heaven in April. I was fortunate enough to find anorher scottie soon after. He is a wheaten and his father is a show dog. He is growing up to be a beautiful dog in many ways.

  7. Chaya came from the animal shelter, and he looks like he might be this mix. However we have decided that he is a Glaswegian Bat Terrier, a rare breed (not yet AKC approved) developed in the 1840s in response to a plague of bats in the Glasgow area; they detected the bats with their big ears, and by snuggling up to women, prevented the bats from nesting in the bouffant hairdos popular at that time. 😉
    Great little guy, smart, sensitive, affectionate, good for a snuggle, and very ready to learn.

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