Cava Tzu puppies are a hybrid dog that is derived from a cross of a Shih Tzu and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They make great pets because they have the ability to get along with other people and adapt to living situations well.
Cava Tzu Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Shih Tzu and a Cavalier King Charles
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 9 – 18 pounds
» Average height of approximately 9 – 13 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Low
The Appearance of Cava Tzu Dogs
A Cavatzu is a lively and sturdy toy dog. These types of dogs are known for their long double overcoat and their dark round eyes.
In addition, Cava Tzu dogs can come in a variety of colors and patterns. The most common colors include Blenheim, ruby, tan and black. These dogs also have short muzzles and long ears that tend to flop around easily.
When fully grown, they can weigh anywhere between nine pounds and eighteen pounds with an average height of between nine inches and thirteen inches.
The Temperament of King Charles Shih Tzu Cross
King Charles Shih Tzu dogs are very willing to please their owners and they can be extremely affectionate, playful and gentle. They are often extremely trusting as well.
In terms of temperament, they are great around kids and get along well with adults. These dogs are very loyal and gentle dogs who hardly pose a threat to guests or strangers.
History of the Cavalier Shih Tzu Mix
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was very popular among royalty at the time of its creation. In fact, many men and women loved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels because they were great lap dogs and wonderful companions. They grew extremely popular in the early nineteenth century.
The Shih Tzu, also known as the “lion dog” for its appearance, first originated in China hundreds of years ago. Ultimately, the breed died out in China but a few managed to make their way to Europe where they were successfully bred and thankfully, survived.
Maintaining Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih Tzu Mixes
Luckily, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih Tzu mix dogs do not require much maintenance. This is because they have long, flowing and smooth hair that tends to be fairly easy to groom with a regular brushing.
That said, it is recommended that an owner of such a dog clip the dog’s hair every two or three months which will keep the hair maintained and smooth. Although a large part of the dog’s fur will not be tangled easily, the hair around the dog’s ears can get matted and tangled on a regular basis so extra precautions must be taken.
They do need to be bathed every two weeks and you should use a hypoallergenic shampoo since these dogs have very sensitive skin.
Cavalier Shih Tzu dogs are largely inside dogs and do not require much exercise (other than a daily walk) but they do enjoy playing a great deal. They tend to want to please their owners so training them should not be an overly challenging project.
However, like with any dog, it’s important to begin regular dog training as soon as possible and stick to your routine.
In the end, if you are looking for a loyal and constant companion, few will offer you what Cava Tzu puppies can and if they sound like a fit for you, you’ll enjoy wonderful company for years to come.