The Cava Corgi: A Complete Guide

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The Cava Corgi is a designer hybrid breed that brings together the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pembroke Corgi.

It is one of the explosions of hybrid breeds that began to emerge in the 1980s, and even though it may not be that well known, perhaps that is all about to change?

People are aware of both parent breeds, but bringing them together in this way is going to be relatively new to the majority of people.

That causes problems for potential owners as they are unsure as to how to look after it, but that is why we have created this Complete Guide to the Cava Corgi.

By the end of it, you will be in a much better position when it comes to knowing how to correctly care for this breed.

Ultimately, this will allow you to provide your new dog with a better life, and who would not want that to happen?

However, before going into the details of the Cava Corgi, we need to begin by looking more closely at yourself to help you to ascertain if you are the correct match for this breed.

Cava Corgi Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Cava Corgi walking on sand
The Cava Corgi can be suitable for apartment living.

Before you go ahead and buy a Cava Corgi puppy, just be aware that they do have some specific needs.

As you will see throughout this guide, the breed is going to be easy to look after thanks to its needs and ability to be rather independent when it comes to keeping themselves entertained.

That being said, it does not mean that you are still able to avoid all responsibility.

Before purchasing them, we want you to think about these following points to make sure that the breed is good for you and that you are settled about this in your mind.

  • Understand that they have a strong herding instinct and know-how to deal with it.
  • Be aware of their maintenance needs.
  • Even though they are easy to train, they can still be stubborn.
  • They can have different genetic diseases, so be prepared for tests.
  • Know that they only require moderate exercise.

Being aware of these different points, and everything else that we will then cover does make a real difference for those that are seriously considering owning this particular breed.

What Price are Cava Corgi Puppies?

There are different things that can influence the price of Cava Corgi puppies.

The standard of breeder that you use will affect the price while the pedigree of the parents also has a major impact.

Finally, your location can also change what you pay as it all fits in with the concept of supply and demand.

That being said, the average price that you will be looking at paying in the United States will be anywhere between $600 to $1000, but do not be surprised if people try to push the price higher by claiming that it is a very rare breed.

In the UK, the price may be slightly lower even though the Corgi is not the most popular breed, but you can still expect to pay around the £700 mark.

However, this can be lower if you do not go to a registered breeder.

How to Find Reputable Cava Corgi Breeders?

In order to find reputable Cava Corgi breeders, there are a number of different things that you can do.

Even though they are not going to appear on the list of purebred dogs with the Kennel Club, they can certainly still be a useful resource for you to check out.

This is because they can point you in the direction of breeders that may be suitable, and there should be no trust issues surrounding them.

The other main avenue to explore is via the Dog Breeder’s Association. They may even be slightly better at helping you than the Kennel Club.

Finally, you could also spend some time chasing down groups and forums that appear on the Internet that focus on this breed.

You will often find that people that form these groups will be more than happy to help you to find a breeder that can be trusted.

3 Little-Known Facts About Cava Corgi Puppies

As you may not know too much about this breed, it can certainly be fun to just bring up several facts surrounding the Cava Corgi that may be completely new to you.

  •  It is one of the easier breeds to maintain.

You would think with medium length hair that the Cava Corgi would require a relatively significant amount of maintenance, but you would be wrong.

Instead, it only needs a bath when it is dirty, groomed once a week, and it might need its nails clipped every couple of weeks.

Oh, and don’t forget their teeth as they need brushed to prevent tooth decay.

  • The parent breeds are both regal.

The Cava Corgi is in the interesting position of coming from two rather regal genetic lines.

The Cavalier was loved by Royalty in the UK going back centuries while the current Queen is a lover of the Corgi. Ultimately, put the two together and you have a rather royal breed.

  • They are perfect for first-time dog owners.

If you have never owned a dog before, then trying to determine the breed that is best for you is not easy.

However, in this instance, the Cava Corgi is perfect for a first-time owner thanks to its intelligence and laid-back nature.

There will be other facts and points that emerge throughout the rest of our complete guide to the Cava Corgi.

Physical Traits of the Cava Corgi

A small Cava Corgi pup looking at you
The Cava Corgi will be a wonderful companion to you.

As with any hybrid breed, there is no certainty as to which one of the two parent breeds are going to end up being the most dominant when it comes to physical traits.

However, generally speaking, this will be a relatively small dog and there is a tendency for them to have the short legs of the Corgi and the body resembling more of the Cavalier.

This is not set in stone, but that is the general consensus.

Their coat is going to be medium to long, and it will often come in the kind of patterns that you expect from the Cavalier.

How Big is a Full-Grown Cava Corgi?

A full-grown Cava Corgi is not the biggest of dogs. Also, between the two, the male is the largest although we are talking about a very small difference between them.

In general, the male is going to measure in the region of 10 to 12 inches while the female is smaller at 8 to 12 inches.

For their weight, then they are both between 14 to 30lbs but the male is more to the upper end on a more consistent basis.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Cava Corgi?

When it comes to the life expectancy of the Cava Corgi, then it is in line with what you would expect from these small breeds of dogs.

As long as they can avoid the various illnesses and health concerns that can plague the breed then their life expectancy is around 12 years of age.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Cava Corgi

The intelligence of this hybrid breed should not be underestimated. This is a breed that is able to pick up on commands quite quickly, so it can be a wonderful dog to train.

The breed is also known to be wonderful around children and has a rather gentle nature.

It takes great delight in being obedient, but you might need to use one or two treats at times to tempt them into doing things.

They will love playing, and thanks to their size this means that children playing with them will also be safe.

They will show real affection to you, and they will not only be energetic at times but will then snuggle up to you for a nap as well.

The only potential problem is that they do have a very real herding instinct.

This is just something that comes naturally and they never intend to hurt or upset anybody but it is something that they just feel the need to do.

Training them as early as possible can help to counter some of this. The Cava Corgi is an independent dog so you do not need to give it attention constantly.

However, that is not to say that they do not enjoy the company because they certainly do.

At least with this, it does mean that they can be left alone to their own devices and they will be quite content with this for a while.

Overall, this breed is very intelligent, is full of life, easy to train and a wonderful loyal companion.

The Cava Corgi’s Diet

A Cava Corgi on the grass looking upwards
The Cava Corgi is full of life.

The Cava Corgi does not require a lot of food to keep them feeling filled. You are generally looking at one cup of quality dry Kibble per day and split it between two meals.

Avoid cheap dog food as that will fill them up with ingredients that have zero nutritional benefits for them.

Also, be prepared to adjust what you feed them as they age and seek professional advice to be certain that your dog is getting their nutritional needs met.

Treats and snacks can be provided to them, but only do so sporadically.

You will be able to provide them with some of your own food, but we are talking about very small pieces and, once again, it must be done at random.

Small pieces of fish or even lean cooked meat will be fine as will some basic vegetables.

How Much Exercise Does a Cava Corgi Need?

The Cava Corgi can be full of life, but do not worry as it will not translate into them requiring hours of exercise.

However, giving them something to do is important as it releases that energy that will be building up inside of them.

In general, you are looking at them needing around 30 minutes of exercise per day. Take them for a walk and avoid dog parks as it could lead to problems with them.

Do not leave them unattended outside unless you have a yard that is completely fenced in. They will chase after things that catch their eye, so before you know it they could easily run onto the road.

Interacting with them does play a key role in their exercise, but this is more of mental stimulation.

They will do well at learning new tricks, but you must reward them for doing this or they will lose interest.

Cava Corgi Health and Conditions

The Cava Corgi can be prone to many different health conditions throughout its life.

Some of them can be inherited through their genes, so asking for confirmation of the parents having been checked by a vet is going to be important.

That said, the main health conditions that you should ultimately be aware of are as follows:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Cataracts

While the list is not extensive, there are still several things for you to be aware of. Also, they can pick up different allergies and illnesses that cross all breeds.

My Final Thoughts on the Cava Corgi

Throughout this complete guide, we have sought to show you that the Cava Corgi is a wonderful breed to own.

They are full of life, have a real personality, easy to maintain and train, and will be exceptionally loving and loyal towards you.

Furthermore, they can be suitable for apartment living and can also be suitable for those individuals where providing a dog with a lot of exercise is going to be difficult to achieve.

Ultimately, they will be a wonderful companion to you, and there’s little doubt that time spent with your Cava Corgi will lead to a whole host of memories and being glad that you did indeed bring them into your life.

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