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  • Breed: Cava-Tzu
  • Group: Designer
  • Height: 10-18"
  • Weight: 10-15 lbs
  • HypoAllergenic: No
  • Coat: Wavy Coat
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Our Cava Tzu puppies for sale are charming, affectionate companions that enjoy people, children, and other dogs. These dogs are excellent companions for families, city dwellers, the elderly, and anyone who needs a loving friend! Browse our Cava Tzu puppies for the newest member of your family!

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overview of the Cava-Tzu Dog Breed

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A cross between the Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Cava Tzu is an excellent companion! Not only are Cava Tzus absolutely adorable with their big eyes and floppy ears, but they also have easy-going, people-loving personalities and get along well with children and other dogs! Cava Tzus love to cuddle and don’t require a lot of exercise.

If you’re looking for a small, happy pup to cuddle with and brighten your day, our Cava Tzu puppies for sale are for you and your family! You can also view other breeds we have for sale.

Cava-Tzu temperament

People-Loving: Both Shih Tzus and Cavaliers are known for being people-loving companions. Your Cava Tzu will want to be by your side — or on your lap — all day long!

Moderate energy levels: If you’re looking for a dog who’s content with short walks and indoor playtime, this might be the breed for you! The Cava Tzu has low to moderate energy levels and can be a good option for apartment and small-space living.

Affectionate with children: The Cava Tzu loves interacting with people, and they do exceptionally well with children. Because of their small size, it is critical to teach children how to play and interact correctly with your Cava Tzu dog.

Gets along with other dogs: The Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel both have even-tempered, amiable personalities and get along with other dogs.

Excellent Companion: Affectionate, adorable, adaptable, easy to train – the Cava Tzu has it all! This dog was bred to be a human companion, and we think the Cava Tzu checks all the boxes!

Loyal: CavaTzus often have a loyal nature, which they may inherit from both parent breeds. They enjoy being close to their owners and may exhibit a strong desire to please.

Playful: CavaTzus may have a playful and lively side. They enjoy interactive play, engaging in activities like fetch, tug-of-war, and chasing toys.

Remember that individual CavaTzus can have variations in temperament and behavior due to their mixed heritage. Spending time with a CavaTzu puppy, researching both parent breeds, and seeking advice from breed experts can help you better understand what to expect in terms of characteristics and care requirements.

Cava-Tzu Breed history

Designer dog breeds have become popular in the past twenty years, and there is not much information about the history of Cava Tzu. However, the Shih Tzu and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel have rich histories – both with royal roots!

The Shih Tzu breed originates in China and Tibet, and archaeology shows the early ancestors may be some of the oldest dog breeds.

Stories and documents reveal that the Shih Tzu was surrounded by myths and mystery, including the belief that they were the incarnations of household gods or carried the human souls of those seeking nirvana.

The Shih Tzu has always been associated with Chinese royalty, and throughout the centuries, it could be found in the royal Chinese families and dynasties. They became especially popular during the Ming Dynasty and were called the “little lions.

It was not until the early 1900s that the breed made an appearance in Europe, and after that came to the United States. By the mid-1900s, the Shih Tsu’s popularity was spreading and gaining popularity outside of China.

The American Kennel Club recognized the Shih Tzu breed in the United States in 1969. Today, the Shih Tzu ranks 20 out of the breeds registered with AKC.

Toy Spaniels have been owned by nobility since Renaissance times. King Charles l and his son King Charles ll were especially known for their love of these Toy Spaniels.

Over time, the toy Spaniels were interbred with Pugs and other small breeds of Asian descent. They developed slightly different features than the original Spaniels that were bred by King Charles l and ll.

In the 1920s, an American woman, Roswell Eldrige, offered a prize to the British breeder who could create a toy Spaniel of the “old world style.” This revived spaniel breed is now called the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Today, the Cavalier ranks 18 out of the breeds registered with AKC.

Cava-Tzu Average size

Adult Cava Tzus are usually 9-10″ tall at the shoulders and weigh about 10-16 pounds.

Average Cava-Tzu lifespan

The average lifespan of a Cava Tzu is 12-15 years.

Cava-Tzu body features

Although Cava Tzus can favor either parent in looks, it’s said that Cava Tzus generally look more like Shih Tzus.

Cava Tzus have dark, round eyes and floppy ears that will melt your heart! They tend to have short noses, as well, which adds to their adorable appearance.

They have medium to long, straight coats, which can be various colors, including combinations of black, brown, white, and red.

grooming Your Cava-Tzu Puppy

Cava Tzu will need a good brushing 3-4 times a week to prevent tangles and matting. 

Generally a clean dog, your Cava Tzu will only need to be bathed every several weeks or when they get dirty. 

When it comes to trimming their hair, it really depends if they favor the Spaniel or Shih Tzu. Plan on taking your pup to a professional groomer at least once every 8 weeks and make adjustments for your specific dog and climate. Some owners trim their pup’s fur around the face area between groomings to allow for better vision. 

Small breeds such as the Cava Tzu can struggle with dental health, so be sure to start brushing your puppy’s teeth at a young age and continue to brush their teeth regularly! 

A Cava Tzu’s nails will need to be trimmed regularly, and their ears should be inspected for infections and wiped clean regularly.

Keeping Your Cava-Tzu Puppy Healthy

Cava Tzus are pretty healthy dogs; however, it’s always good to enter dog ownership with your eyes wide open. Health conditions present in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzus can occur in Cava Tzus.

Some of the conditions that can occur in Cava Tzus include Mitral Valve Disease, Syringomyelia, Patellar Luxation (or slipping kneecaps), eye problems (such as retinol problems and cataracts), and Brachycephalic Syndrome.

You can protect your dog from one of the most common health problems: obesity. One of the best ways to extend your dog’s life is by feeding them the correct amount of food and giving them adequate exercise.

Like all dog breeds, Cava Tzus are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues among dogs.

Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the leg or hip becomes weakened, and it can result in arthritis or potential lameness if not addressed.

One of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your dog from running too much on hard surfaces, especially when they are puppies.

Typical Cava-Tzu Allergens

 First of all, what causes allergies? 

Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells. Both animals and humans shed these dead skin cells. Dander is attached to the fur that dogs shed. 

Cava Tzus are moderate shedders and are not considered allergen-friendly dogs. However, regular brushing and bathing can lower allergens. 

If you or someone in your home has animal allergy concerns, please consult your health provider before adopting a puppy. 

  • How much exercise will my Cava-Tzu need?
    The Cava-Tzu is a low-energy breed, so they don’t have demanding exercise needs. They would be a good choice for someone with a less-than-active lifestyle. However, they are also prone to becoming overweight, so don’t neglect exercise completely. Make your Cava-Tzu walk places instead of carrying him everywhere!
  • What are some common colors for Cava-Tzus?
    Cava-Tzus are often spotted in combinations of black, brown, tan, and ruby.
  • Are Cava-Tzus yappy?
    No. In fact, Cava-Tzus rarely bark. They are a great choice for those who don’t wish to bother nearby neighbors or simply don’t like noise.
  • What are the grooming requirements for Cava-Tzus?
    Cava-Tzus don’t tend to shed much, but they will need regular brushing to prevent matting and tangling. They will also need an occasional bath and a trip to the groomer. Be sure to remember to brush their teeth and trim their nails too!
  • Do Cava-Tzus get along well with other pets?
    Yes! Cava-Tzus can be friends with anyone, cats included.
  • Can you leave a Cava-Tzu alone?
    Cava-Tzus dislike alone time. They would rather be with you constantly. However, with proper training, you can absolutely leave them alone in a crate or pen for short periods of time. If you are going to be gone for longer, you may want to look into getting a dog sitter, as Cava-Tzus are very social.
  • Are Cava-Tzus playful?
    Yes! While they don’t need a lot of intense exercise, Cava-Tzus have plenty of energy and love to play. They play constantly with anyone they meet.
  • Are Cava-Tzus easy to train?
    Cava-Tzus are intelligent and eager to please, so training should come fairly easily. However, like their Shih-Tzu parents, they can be a bit stubborn at times and training will still take consistency and patience.
  • Can Cava-Tzus tolerate heat and cold?
    Due to their fluffy coats, Cava-Tzus tolerate cold better than heat. It’s best to exercise them when it’s not too warm outside.
  • Do Cava-Tzus have “hybrid vigor?”
    Because of their increased genetic diversity, hybrid breeds tend to have less health problems than their purebred parents. Cava-Tzus are no exception and may avoid some of the health issues purebreds struggle with.

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