About the Cava-Tzu
The Cava-Tzu is a hybrid dog that is made up of a combination of two different purebreeds. It's a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Shih Tzu. We've found the best method for understanding the characteristics of the Cava-Tzu is to read both of its ancestors descriptions taking note of their temperaments, size and general look.
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Cava-Tzus are extremely intelligent dogs. Most agree they have a cute face from puppyhood to adulthood. They are a very playful and active breed and enjoy lots of attention. After a big play they will sleep for ages, this does not change as they reach adulthood. They are very loyal and make great companion dogs. They train easily but be patient with potty training as this does take them a little longer. They enjoy being with children but watch young ones as they are very good jumpers when excited. Cava-Tzus are friendly, affectionate and loving beautiful dogs. They are easily spoilt because of their big eyes, which they inherit from the King Charles.
This breed is intelligent and generally very happy. They are easy to train. They get along well with children and other dogs if properly socialized from birth.
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They are very easy to maintain. Their smooth silky hair rarely knots and needs clipping every two to three months.
Many Cara-Tzus have curly hair on their ears like the King Charles Cavaliers. Most owners prefer to visit the groomer on a regular basis as these areas are prone to small knots. A 'slicker brush' is ideal for the overall grooming of their coat. Most owners prefer groomers that scissor cuts their coat rather than shave. This gives the coat a nicer look and is not as harsh as clipping. Professional grooming is advisable every 6-8 weeks. Because Cava-Tzu's are primarily an inside dog they should be bathed at least every 2 weeks in a hypoallergenic shampoo. Their skin is sensitive so be careful as to what shampoo and conditioner is used. Other than their coat, the Cava-Tzu only needs love, affection and a good diet. Cava-Tzu's love food and some owners choose to feed a well balanced diet of fresh meat. A homemade cooked meal of beef or chicken with a mixture of vegetables with either rice or pasta is a great alternative to canned food as it can be high in fat and salt. The addition of a good quality Omega 3 supplement can be added to their food. This is great for the general health of your dogs coat and for the treatment of arthritis and skin conditions. A bone every 2-3 weeks is a must. This keeps their breath smelling nice, their teeth clean and gums healthy.
This breed thrives in any sized home even apartments. They require several leash walks a day.
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My Cava-Tzu does not seem to have an appetite. I am in the process of changing to a better quality dog food which I plan to take two weeks of gradually adding small amounts as not to upset his stomach. Is it common for this breed...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers