Cava-Tzu dog Breed Information And Picture

The Cava-Tzu dog is small-sized designer breed devoloped by crossing the Shih-Tzu and  Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog. They look incredibly cute with their small round face, oval-shaped, black shiny nose, hanging ears, and a curly tail.  It has sweet nature like Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog and a bit of strong-headed like Shih-Tzu. The Cava-Tzu are very affectionate dogs and loves to hang out with its family members. The Cava-Tzu dog is an intelligent breed and can easily get along with the children. They are comfortable in the presence of strangers too who like to play with them. The loyal and affectionate disposition of the dogs makes them an excellent family pet.

Cava Tzu puppies


Cava-Tzu Quick Information

Also known as Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih-Tzu Mix
Coat Thick, medium, fine
Colors Black, brown, white, tan, ruby, Blenheim, bi- or tri-color
Type Companion dog, Toy dog,
Group (of Breed) Crossbreed
Life Span/Expectancy 10 - 15 years
Weight 10 to 16 pounds
Height (size) Small; 9 – 18 inches ( full grown male/ female)
Personality / Characteristic Traits Intelligent, loyal, playful, loving, independent, quiet, social,
Good with Children Yes
Good with Pets Yes
Shedding Average
Barking Less
Hypoallergenic Yes
Country of Origin USA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information ACHC, DBR, IDCR, DDKC, DRA

Cava-Tzu Dog Temperament and Behavior

The Cava-Tzu dog is very affectionate and loyal towards its family. They enjoy human companionship and loves to spend time with them. The dogs do incredibly well with the children. Their playtime with the kids might need supervision as they tend to jump on them in excitement. They are comfortable in the presence of strangers and those people who are willing to play with them. These dogs have a knack for athletism and would love to chase a ball which you will throw for them.

A moderate amount of daily exercise is enough for them. The dog enjoys napping after going on a brisk walk. The Cava-Tzu dog does incredibly well in apartment life and won't complain about staying alone for a short period. These dogs are trustful companions and are suitable for older adults who live alone or for small families. They love to spend time on their owners' lap or being carried around.

Cava-Tzu Care


This small and energetic dog needs only a moderate amount of exercise regularly. Most of its physical activity needs are met with the games they play inside the house. For outdoor exercise, you can take them for a brisk walk or short jogging session. A stroll outdoors will keep the dog mentally stimulated. Without any physical activity, the dog may feel bored and might sleep idly for hours or become restless. It may develop destructive behavior in the future. Let the dog play off the leash in a safe enclosed area or in a dog park every day. The dogs do well in a cold climate and are intolerable towards heat. It won't be appropriate to take the Cava-Tzu dogs outside in hot weather.


The Cava-Tzu requires a minimum amount of grooming. It has got a double coat and brushing them two times in a week will suffice. Irregular brushing or skipping it might lead to the development of knots in their long, flowing and smooth hair. These unattended stray hair might start pulling the dog's skin which would lead to pain and discomfort in your pet.

You need to trim their hair regularly in every 2 to 3 months time. You can take professional groomer's help if you think trimming is not your forte. Bathe the dogs fortnightly with a hypoallergenic shampoo as they have very sensitive skin. Brush their teeth to avoid any dental problem in them which they are prone to. Clean the ears by using a moist cotton ball and clip their nails on a regular basis.

health issues

The Cava-Tzu dogs have been bred in a way to avert the health issues of its parent breeds. Some common health issue does affect the dog like dysplasia, allergies, and periodontal diseases. Genetic health issues can plague this breed. Take all the information of parent breeds from the breeder at the time of adoption. Visit your vet regularly without fail to maintain the dog's health properly.


The Cava-Tzu dogs are highly intelligent dogs are easily trainable. Start training the dog right from the age of puppyhood. Include things like potty training, crate training, obedience training at the beginning itself. Keeping their energetic behavior in mind, teach the dog to socialize with other pets, neighbors, and children properly.

Always praise and give treats to your puppy on successfully completing the training. It will motivate the dog to do better in the next stages. Keep training consistent and interesting. Have patience at the time of training. Do not be harsh or scold the dog unnecessarily. Establish yourself as the pack leader at the start of the training. It will help in teaching your dog about hierarchy and restrain its little stubborn behavior.

Diet routine/Feeding

In the context of their height and weight, these dogs are almost similar to their Shi-Tzu parents. This dog does not eat a large amount of food like other small breeds. You can feed the dog high-quality dry dog food with chopped meats. You can try kibble and fiber-based cereals for nutritional purpose. Do not give them hefty meat as their small size can make it difficult to digest the food.

Cava-Tzu Price

Cava-Tzu is a bit expensive breed, and each puppy of this breed can cost you around $700-$1000.


These dogs love to be carried around.

They can gain weight quickly and tend to get obese.

One of its parent breeds, the Shih Tzu, was first introduced in America when soldiers brought them home in World War II.


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