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  • Activity Level: moderate
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  • Shedding Level: moderate
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  • Grooming Level: moderate
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  • Trainability: high
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  • Good for Novice Owners: high
  • Adaptability: high
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  • Kid/Pet Friendly: often
  • Prey Drive: low
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  • Watchdog: chill
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  • Average Size: Small
  • Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Registered?: other

Cava-Tzu Dog Breed Information





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The Cava-Tzu is not a purebred dog. It is a designer dog breed that is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Shih Tzu. They are a newer designer breed that started showing up in the 2000s and have been growing in popularity ever since.

Although they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable organizations like the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more.

Although the Cava-Tzu can take on traits from either or both of their parent breeds, they tend to be loving and friendly. Both of the parent breeds tend to have a sweet temperament and playful nature, so the same is generally true for the Cava-Tzu.

They love to play, cuddle, and be the center of attention. These dogs are highly social and tend to get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets. They also tend to be relatively quiet and do not tend to bark a lot unless they have been trained into it.

The Cava-Tzu is a highly adaptable dog breed. They do well in apartments as well as in larger homes. They tend to be happy as long as they get enough attention and exercise. The Cava-Tzu tends to do well in most climates. As with most dog breeds, they are sensitive to heat and extreme cold.

Due to their small size, they may need to bundle up in the winter in order to stay warm. They do tend to be okay with short periods of time alone. But, they love their families and bond closely with them, so it’s best not to leave them alone for long periods of time.

In general, the Cava-Tzu is a relatively healthy dog breed. As with any dog breed, there are some potential health concerns to be aware of. For the Cava-Tzu, these potential health concerns include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, kidney issues, and liver disease.

Reputable breeders will screen their stock to help weed out “bad” genes and avoid passing things on to puppies. So, don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the genetic and health history of the parents. You can also ask about any relevant health tests and clearances that may have been done.

The Cava-Tzu is a highly trainable dog breed that is intelligent and eager to please. Not only does this mean they pick on things quickly, but it also makes them a great fit for dog owners of any experience level. These dogs also respond best to positive training methods that are focused on rewards and praise.

They may sometimes exhibit a little bit of stubbornness and independence, which can be an obstacle for some first-time dog owners. In this case, some puppy training and obedience classes could be a good idea. Not only will this help first-time owners successfully handle a stubborn streak, but it will also provide some socialization opportunities for your Cava-Tzu puppy.

The Cava-Tzu tends to have a long, silky coat and they tend to shed moderately year-round. Brushing their coat a few times a week can help remove tangles and loose fur to prevent matting. Bathing is on an as-needed basis, but professional grooming should be done every 4-6 weeks to keep them looking and feeling their best.

In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Cava-Tzu’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails monthly is usually sufficient to keep them from growing too long. They may need to be trimmed more often if they are not wearing down as much naturally. If you hear your Cava-Tzu’s nails clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim!

Checking your dog’s ears weekly and carefully cleaning them as needed can help prevent ear infections. When you look at their ears, you’re checking to see whether they are dry, clean, and clear of debris. If you see excess wax buildup, you can carefully clean your dog’s ears. And, if you see irritation or something concerning, you can get to the vet before it becomes a bigger issue.

Gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. As a small dog breed, your Cava-Tzu is more prone to developing dental diseases like gum disease and tooth decay. But, you can help keep their mouth healthy by practicing good dental care for dogs! Brushing their teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal for preventing the tartar and plaque buildup that leads to painful dental diseases.

A Cava-Tzu tends to have a moderate activity level. They may have bursts of higher energy followed by naps, but they generally don’t require a lot of exercise to be happy and healthy. Daily walks plus some playtime are usually enough for this dog.

They absolutely love to play and spend time with you though, so they will likely be up for more activity if you are. Experiment with different activities – try taking trips to the dog park, playing frisbee, hiking, or even swimming. You might just discover a new activity you both love doing together!

A fully-grown Cava-Tzu usually stands 15-18 inches tall and weighs 10-16 pounds.

A Cava-Tzu generally lives 12-15 years.