Kitaco Kennels, owned by Dr Tracey Tonkin BVSc (Hons), is a preservation breeder of the only truly ancient dog breed - Chihuahuas.  Kitaco became the first Dogs NZ Accredited Chihuahua breeder in New Zealand in 2015 and is the only Chihuahua breeder in NZ who is also a vet, with a special interest in canine reproduction.


Dr Tonkin is also the Dogs NZ National Breed Health Liason Officer, the President of the Dominion Chihuahua Club and the Otago/Southland Toy Dog Club, and volunteers her professional services, free of charge, to the NZ Chihuahua Rescue Trust.

Want to meet Tracey and her dogs? Team Kitaco exhibits all over NZ, so why not check out our show calendar listing the events we'll be attenting in the future. Take the opportunity to come along to a dog show, meet our gorgeous babies and talk with Tracey about upcoming litters, future plans, and what you're looking for in a Chihuahua.


What sets us apart


  • We believe all breeders should take responsibility for any dog they produce. All our dogs come with a no questions asked return policy for the dog's entire life.

  • We believe in science over guesswork, and that healthy dogs are more important than winning dogs.

  • We understand that this is the 21st Century and that old school methods of "breed lots of dogs to see what we get" have been  replaced with a much better science-based understanding of diseases, genetic issues and even coat colour.

  • We believe breeding is not successful or ethical without understanding genetics and keeping up with the latest advancements in genetics and reproductive science. 

  • Because of the advances in DNA profiling, we believe all breeders should be working toward eliminating conditions that cause Chihuahuas a lifetime of suffering and should never breed from affected dogs.

  • We believe each generation we breed  should be better than the one before and that "better breeding" means "healthier breeding",

  • We believe that Conformation Show judging is too subjective and flawed to offer a reliable measure of a dog's quality, so while we show our dogs (if they enjoy it) and strive to have them achieve  the title of "champion" it is not our reason for breeding and we will always err on the side of "healthy" over "winner".

Besides making wonderful  pets, we have dogs working as therapy dogs, in the entertainnment industry, in musical theatre, working with internationally renowned acts like Piff the Magic Dragon, on TV and featured in newspapers and magazines.

Have you considered a rescue Chihuahua?









New Zealand Chihuahua Rescue ("NZCR") is a New Zealand registered charity dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Chihuahuas and Chihuahua crosses throughout New Zealand.


They also take in all small or toy breed dogs. Please take a look at their website to learn more about this fabulous charity. If it can't be a Kitaco Chihuahua, perhaps the next love of your life will be a rescue!


Kitaco Smashed Avacado "Ava", handled by Tracey Tonkin, winning Best Puppy of Group in Gore - 2021

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