The Cava-Tzu dog is a breed that was produced by crossing the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Shih-Tzu dogs. These are dogs that have a moderate to dense coat and with a look very similar to the shih-tzu. Known for their funny attitude and cute looks, the small-sized cava tzu has a round face, round, dark, button-like eyes, a black, glossy nose, and with a pair of ears hanging loose almost reaching their neck. They retain their cute, teddy-look even at old age. Being a loyal, affectionate dog, they make a wonderful companion, a great foot-warmer, and an entertaining family dog.
|Also known as||Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih-Tzu Mix|
|Coat||Thick, medium, medium, fine|
|Colors||Black, brown, white, tan, ruby, Blenheim, bi- or tricolor|
|Type||Toy dog, Companion dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||10 to 15 years|
|Weight||10 – 16 pounds|
|Height (size)||Small; 9 – 18 inches (for full grown male and female)|
|Personality / Characteristic Traits||Intelligent, loving, independent, quiet, social, loyal, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DBR, DRA, IDCR, DDKC|
The cava-tzu is a very people-oriented, modest and loving dog that would always be willing to please you just for the sake of your love and attention. They are playful and enjoy spending time with kids. They are equally good with children, other pets and are also comfortable with strangers, and can get along well with almost everyone, in general, and are even fit for apartments.
They love to have fun, and are vivacious, bubbly and jolly, and especially enjoy playing ball games. These dogs are basically an athletic breed and would chase anything that you would throw for them, and are good jumpers. These little ones would cherish the company of all its family members, but they would especially feel happy when they are among active people. They are very good jumpers. For this reason, do keep an eye on them when they are playing with very young children, since they would normally start to jump when excited.
Cava Tzus are trusting and companionable, and would make good companions especially to elderly people or those who are living alone, or have a small family. However, these dogs get tired easily, and both the puppies and the adults love to take rest and sleep for hours soon after playing or any physical activities.
Also, let your dog play without a leash for some time every day. This should work best if you have a safe, enclosed space yourself for it to run around and play, or may be in some dog park. You can also take part in playing with your dog. After all, your dog loves your company, especially if it finds you energetic.
You must also trim their hair once in 2 or 3 months. If you think you are not an expert in trimming, professional hands are recommended. Bathe them fortnightly using a hypoallergenic shampoo, since your pet has a very sensitive skin. Remember, a good grooming has no alternative, and only a hygienic, well-groomed skin and coat would keep your dog healthy and beautiful for years to come.
The cava-tzus are born intelligent, and it wouldn’t take much effort for you to teach them new things. However, begin your training sessions right from the time when the puppies are adopted and brought home from the breeders or rescues. Normal puppy training like potty training (housebreaking), crate training, obedience training, etc. must be considered first. Because, at times, they display highly energetic behaviors, teach your little dog them to mingle and socialize with other pets, your neighbors and children.
Praise your puppy, give them treats, whenever it shows sign of success during training. Never be rude or scold it unnecessarily. It is always advisable to begin everyday training with all patience. However, you should be a firm trainer, especially when it comes to teaching your puppy of hierarchy, or who the real leader of its doggie team is. Alternately, you can always hire or consult professional trainers if you would like.
Because the size (height and weight) of these dogs is mostly the same as their shitzu parents, you can opt for the same diet-routine and quantity of food as the shihtzus would need. But stick to high-quality food that would provide you pet with the apt level of nutrition, especially during its growing years.