The Cava-tzus is a designer cross breed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Shih Tzu.
A Cava-Tzu is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Shih Tzu. They weigh 10 to 16 pounds and stand nine to 18 inches tall. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years so that they will be part of the family for quite some time. Cava-Tzus are intelligent and playful, making them a great family pet. Cava-Tzus are likely a black, white, brown, and tan combination. Most will have the signature underbite of the Shih-Tzu and the floppy ears of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
These adorable little dogs are great companions for just about anyone. They can do well with single individuals, large families, and seniors alike. They are relatively low maintenance and quiet for their size. Cava-Tzus do not suffer from the same separation anxiety as other breeds, so they will keep themselves entertained if you need to leave the house for a short amount of time. Never leave them alone for extended amounts of time. They blend into just about any household seamlessly.
Cava-Tzus have the perfect amount of intelligence. They are smart enough to be trained easily but not too smart to where they are stubborn and mischievous. They are eager to please and love to play. They need a moderate amount of exercise. While they can run fast, they tire out easily. Cava-Tzus are perfectly happy napping on the couch with you. Make sure to incorporate mind games like interactive puzzles in playtime to stimulate their body and brains simultaneously.
Although they are not hypoallergenic, they do not shed a ton. You will need to brush them a few times a week and bathe them sparingly. Ensure their ears, teeth, and nails are well looked after to have a healthy and happy pup. Feed your Cava-Tzu a high-quality dry dog food designed for small breeds, and you will have a longtime companion. Cava-Tzus is one of our favorite hybrid dog breeds, so read on for a complete guide to taking care of your next dog.
We first saw the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix in the 2000s, a little bit after some other popular hybrid dog breeds. There is a wealth of history between these two breeds, making the hybrid rich in history. The breed typically takes after the Shih Tzu a little more, but they generally look like a stuffed animal.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originated in the United Kingdom and is currently the 17th most popular purebred dog in the United States. They have been around since the 1600s and were loved by royals. The Shih Tzus originated in Tibet over 1000 years ago as loyal companions. The mix between these breeds combines two purebred dogs that have been favorites of many for centuries. Like most other hybrid breeds, Cava-Tzus are much healthier than their purebred parents.
The unique mix makes them great for just about any "family," whether a couple in their 20s or grandparents in their 60s. They are playful and affectionate but not ultra time-consuming. Due to their loving nature, they make great companions and emotional support animals for those living with psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety, or PTSD.
Cava-Tzus are pretty loyal and affectionate little dogs. They love to hang out with their family and are happy if everyone is together. You generally do not have to worry about separation anxiety with Cava-Tzus as with other small dogs. They will be fine if you have to go to work or run some errands. You generally do not have to worry about barking too much with Cava-Tzus either, which your neighbors will be pleased to hear.
Cava-Tzus is highly intelligent, making them relatively easy to train. They love to please, so they pick up on commands quickly. This makes them great for first-time dog owners or others unfamiliar with the training process. You will want to start with some of the basic commands like "sit," "stay," and "come." Once they have mastered these commands, you can move on to more complex ones. Female Cava-Tzus tend to be more territorial than males, but this is easily trained out of them over time.
Potty training comes very naturally for Cava-Tzus. We recommend crate training to assist with potty training. Dogs typically want to keep their environments clean, so they will not go to the bathroom in a crate. When they alert you that they need to go out, reward them with a treat and positive reinforcement, and they will catch on quickly.
Cava-Tzus are small dogs, making them ideal for apartment settings. They certainly will not mind extra space if you have a house, but you do not have to worry about them getting cramped in an apartment. Cava-Tzus get along well with other dogs and even felines in the household. They also love hanging out with young children in the family. However, make sure to supervise interactions between your Cava-Tzu and small children. Due to their size, they are more likely to get injured during playtime, so it is necessary to teach your children how to play with them safely. Conversely, Cava-Tzus tend to jump when excited, so you do not want small children getting injured either.
Cava-Tzus generally prefer colder weather over hot weather but do not do well in either extreme. In colder months, make sure you put a jacket or other protection on them when taking them outside. In the summer, try to focus on exercise in the morning before the heat has risen too much. Always provide ample water and shade, so your Cava-Tzu does not suffer in the heat. Asphalt can get very hot in the summer, so make sure there is somewhere more fantastic to walk or their paw pads can get burned.
Cava-Tzus have a dense, straight, medium-length coat to be groomed regularly to avoid matting or tangles. You can expect a moderate amount of shedding from the breed, so they are not the best for people with allergies. The amount of time you will need to spend grooming depends on which parent they take more after.
We recommend brushing twice a week or more, depending on how often they shed. Never brush dry fur. Instead, mist a leave-in conditioner or detangler onto their fur before brushing. Use both a pin brush and a slicker brush to remove dead fur in the undercoat. A slicker brush helps get rid of dead hair from the undercoat and any debris in the fur. First, use this brush and follow it with the pin brush for a soft and shiny coat. If you do notice any tangles or mats, remove them with your fingers before gently working the brush over them. If you tug too hard, it can be painful for your Cava-Tzu.
You will not need to bathe too frequently, as this can dry out the skin and cause irritation. The frequency of baths depends on lifestyle and how dirty they get. Their size allows them to be bathed in the kitchen sink, or you can opt for a puppy bath outside or in the bathtub. When you bathe your Cava-Tzu, use a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner to prevent any irritation. Thoroughly rinse the products before taking them out of the bath, as residue can lead to irritation. Dry them off completely after their bath, and give them a good brush.
Your Cava-Tzu might need a trim every once, especially around the eyes and ears. You can certainly do this yourself or take them to a professional groomer for a haircut. You will not need to do this more than once every three months. Some people opt to have their Cava-Tzus hair cut down in a "puppy cut" to make it more low maintenance.
Besides their fur, you will need to clip your Cava-Tzu's nails around once a month or whenever you hear them clacking on hard surfaces. Make sure to brush their teeth daily. Smaller dogs are especially prone to dental disease and tooth loss, so it is important to start dental hygiene from a young age. If they do not tolerate having their teeth brushed, you can purchase dental chews that help break down tartar and residue on the teeth. Check your Cava-Tzu's ears regularly and clean them with a damp cotton ball if you notice any debris, as this can lead to infection.
Cava-Tzus are a small breed and do not need tons of exercise to stay happy and healthy. Make sure to take them out on short walks or play interactive toys with them throughout the day. Like other small dogs, they are prone to obesity, so it is important to incorporate some daily exercise to keep them lean. We recommend around 40 minutes of exercise and playtime per day. Their little bodies get worn out easily, so breaking this allotment up into shorter chunks throughout the day is best.
Always be careful when exercising a Cava-Tzu puppy. Too much or too strenuous exercise can hurt their joints or bones at a young age. In general, even adults do not need strenuous exercise, so they are so great for the elderly or those living with disabilities. Take cues from your dog: if you notice heavy breathing or sluggishness, it is time to go home.
Make sure to have a variety of toys throughout the household. While Cava-Tzus love time spent with their family, they can also entertain themselves for short amounts of time. Do not be surprised if you are working in the office and hear your pup playing with some toys. By providing a variety of stimulation throughout the day, you prevent boredom or weight issues.
Wet food can help ensure your dog gets enough water but only use it as a treat. You will want to feed your Cava-Tzu a high-quality dry dog food designed for small breeds. It is important to use dry food primarily, as this helps break down tartar and keep the gums and teeth healthy.
The amount of food your Cava-Tzu needs will depend on their age and activity level. Try your best to feed them at the same times every day, as they do best with routines. You will likely only need about a cup of dry kibble per day, but consult your veterinarian on a dietary plan. Bloating and obesity are common in smaller breeds, so we recommend splitting up their daily allotment into multiple small meals throughout the day rather than one large meal.
There are a lot of different kibbles out there to choose from, but when deciding on the best one, look out for whole meats, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and fatty acids like Omega 3's. Stay away from meat byproducts and opt for whole meats like chicken or fish. Fruits and veggies provide lots of fiber and vitamins to promote shiny hair and a healthy gut. Fat and protein are crucial in a dog's diet, and a good rule of thumb is to have at least 8% fat and between 18% to 22% protein in their food. Always stay away from table scraps, especially with small dogs like Cava-Tzus.
The fewer preservatives and fillers in a food, the better. This does not necessarily mean it will be more expensive. Just look through the ingredient list and make sure you see meats and veggies as the first couple of ingredients.
If you decide to use treats throughout the training process or day to day, do so sparingly. Treats are often very high in calories, quickly leading to obesity. Always consult with your veterinarian when changing your Cava-Tzus diet or if you have any concerns.
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