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Cava-Tzu Breed Summary

Affectionate, Loving, Loyal and Social

The Cava-Tzu is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Shih Tzu but tends to look a bit more like the latter, although it will depend on the dominant parent breed. The Cava-Tzu can be a variety of colours including black, brown, white, tan and ruby. They tend to be a combination of two or three of these colours. They are small dogs with males and females weighing up to 16 pounds and are between 9 and 18 inches in height. They are intelligent and playful dogs who make good family pets and are good with children and other pets. They are easy dogs to train and don't need an enormous amount of exercise to keep fit and healthy.
Lifespan 10 - 15 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 22cm - 45cm
Weight Males and Females 4.5kg - 7kg
Coat Medium, Dense and Straight
Colour Black, Brown, White and Pied
Eye colour Brown
Common health issues Mitral Valve Disease, Syringomyelia
The Cava-Tzu is a very affectionate and loyal dog who loves nothing more than spending time with their family members. The get on very well with children and other dogs but are known to jump up when excited so smaller children may need to be monitored when around them. They are comfortable with strangers and enjoy being around most people especially those who play with them. They don't need a lot of exercise but respond well to ball games and love going for walks and are happy to have a good nap afterwards. They adapt well to living in an apartment and won't complain too much if left alone for short periods of time. They are suitable pets for older people or those who need to go out to work during the day. They don't bark excessively and are easy to train, responding best to rewards and positive reinforcement. They are also happy to be carried around or cuddled on a lap.
The Cava-Tzu is a combination of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Shih Tzu with the latter being regarded as one of the oldest breeds in the world. A Shih Tzu, meaning little lion dog, is a toy breed that dates back to ancient Tibet and China. Despite the name, the breed was never fierce and always regarded as a companion and lap dog. They are also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog and were prized by Chinese royals. They were bred in England in 1930 and the Shih Tzu Club of England was formed in 1935. During World War II American soldiers brought some Shih Tzu dogs home with them. They are very popular lap dogs and regarded as loving companions. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was named after King Charles I of Britain who ruled in the 1600s and was always seen about the kingdom with his treasured dogs by his side. Queen Victoria also owned one of the breeds but she sought to keep a variation in her kennels; they had a skull that was domed and was smaller with shorter, flatter faces. The Japanese Chin and the Pug were bred with her spaniels to produce the change. In the early 1900s, the effort was made to recreate the original small spaniel of the King Charles era. A dog named Ann's Son became the breed standard for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.