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The Cava-Tzu dog breed originated in the year 2000 by cross-breeding two purebreds, the Shih-Tzu and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog.

Facts About Cava-Tzu

Breed Group Toy dog, companion dog
Breed Type Crossbreed
Country of Origin The USA
Other Names Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih-Tzu Mix
Size Small
Height 9-18 inches
Weight 10-16 lbs
Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information ACHC, DBR, DRA, IDCR, DDKC
Shedding Average
Hypoallergenic Yes
Litter Size NA
Color Black, brown, white, tan, ruby, Blenheim, bi- or tri-color
Life Expectancy 10-15 years
Coat Thick, medium, medium, fine
Price $450-$750

Temperament and Personality

The dog is loving, affectionate and loves to get a lot of attention. It will happily nap after a right amount of fun and play session. They enjoy spending time with kids and are also tolerant of other dogs and pets. As they have the habit of jumping, it is essential to keep young children away from them. However, they are comfortable with all members of the family of any age. Cava-Tzu has an eager to please and can be quite entertaining with their bubbly personality.



Due to its small size, the breed is moderately active and can adapt itself very well in an apartment. It needs a little amount of activity to keep itself fit both mentally and physically. Although its jumping habit covers most of her work out, it requires outdoor play sessions. Take them for daily walks or jogs to avoid boredom and destructive behaviors and also allow them to play off-leash in a fenced area.


Their hair needs brushing two to three times a week to prevent tangles and also it requires monthly clipping, especially around the ears. Since they have a sensitive skin, bathe them with hypoallergenic shampoo as and when necessary. Other things include trimming of nails on a monthly basis, brushing of teeth two to three times a week and checking of ears regularly.

Health Problems

Because of their large gene pool, this crossbreed is not prone to breed-specific dog disease. However, it can inherit some generic issues like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, collapsed trachea, skin problems, allergies, heart problems, and periodontal disease.


Since it has an intelligent and eager to please attitude, their training sessions are quick and easy. Train them from puppyhood helps to avoid complications later on. Moreover, teach them to be obedient and mingle with other pets, visitors and small children. The most important thing that it’s teaching includes it to curb its tendency of jumping. It requires firm and consistent trainer with positive reinforcement. However, praising and rewarding them with treats if it does something useful is always on the cards.


Provide them with ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food every day according to its size. Divide its food into two meals and its diet should contain sufficient amount of nutrition especially during its growing years.

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