Cava-Tzu : A Complete Guide

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A small Cava-Tzu sitting in a dog bed
The Cava-Tzu is an incredibly active dog.

Dogs are the perfect addition to any sort of life. They are true friends, who provide comfort, entertainment, and contentment in even the roughest of times.

Dogs are more than just pets; they are companions.

However, there’s more to raising a dog than the occasional walk in the park. Adopting a dog requires you altering every factor of your life for their needs. It can be hard, but it is more than worth it.

The Caza-Tzu is a modern hybrid that appeared in the 2000s, so there isn’t a huge amount of history around it.

It is a combination of the Cavalier King Charles and the Shih Tzu, which is a unique crossbreed, but all the more interesting.

The Cavalier King Charles was named after King Charles I, because of his infatuation with dogs. Queen Victoria also owned one herself, making this particular canine an incredibly royal one!

The Shih Tzu is said to be one of the oldest breeds around, with its name translating to ‘little lion dog’ in Chinese.

It originated in China, where it would be the companion of various Chinese royals. Today, it is still renowned as a loving lap dog and is one of the most popular breeds around.

With such a rich heritage, the Caza-Tzu also has the incredibly popular traits of its parent breeds. It is loving, friendly and easy to train, making it suitable for all types of owners.

However, you still have to prepare for its assimilation into your household. In this guide, I will detail all the necessary information on adopting this dog, including size, cost, behavior and life expectancy.

If you feel as if the Caza-Tzu may be the right dog for you, scroll on down to read more!

Cava-Tzu: Before You Buy

A Cava-Tzu on a rug looking up at you
Cava-Tzu is one of the smallest breeds.

Introducing a dog into your life is no easy thing to do. They are intelligent and emotive creatures, and therefore we have to prepare our households to accommodate this.

Space, time and attention are all things we need to consider when adopting a dog, as it can affect their overall mood and temperament to humans.

Things you need to consider include:

Your household. The Cava-Tzu is not a large dog and therefore can live in either a house or an apartment. It’s incredibly adaptable to any situation provided it has a place to rest and play.

Your schedule. You need to arrange your time accordingly to socialize this dog from an early age, or it can become destructive.

If you have a family member at home to do this your time consumption won’t be a problem, however, if you are alone and can’t make any time for the dog, you should reconsider purchasing until you can.

Other things you will need to consider include color, gender and spaying/neutering preferences. It seems like a lot to take in but it is vital for the happiness of your dog.

How much does a Caza-Tzu cost?

Budget is a huge factor for all types of dog owners. Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or a veteran, the price is going to be a defining point on this journey.

Price can determine what size, style, and breed of dog you get.

The Cava-Tzu is not on the cost-effective side of toy crossbreeds. It is going to cost roughly $700-$1000 each puppy, which can be a budget breaker for most people.

However, this is considerably cheaper than both the Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles, which average around $1000 and $2000 respectively.

So while the Cava-Tzu is not a cheap dog, it is a great alternative for those who want the traits of its parent breeds, but want to spend a little less.

How do I find a reputable breeder?

Finding a breeder is no easy task. It poses a risk that every aspiring dog owner wants to avoid; an unhealthy dog.

The process of a breeder can affect the overall life expectancy and behavior of a puppy.

Luckily, in this age, there are some things we know to analyze before purchasing from a breeder. These things include:

  • Whether or not the dog has enough space. Puppies of all sizes need ample space to grow and play, even the tiny Cava-Tzu. If a dog appears cooped up, it can cause health problems and behavioral issues.
  • Whether or not the puppies get enough attention. Puppies are infants and need attention and socialization to assimilate into the world smoothly. If a puppy isn’t socialized from birth, it can misbehave and weary of any human interaction.

3 little-known facts about the Cava-Tzu

  • The Cava-Tzu loves to be carried around!
  • The Cava-Tzu is incredibly prone to gaining weight.
  • Its parent breed, the Shih Tzu, was first introduced in America after soldiers brought them home in World War II.

The Physical Traits of the Cava-Tzu

Due to the Cava-Tzu being a mixed breed, it can inherit physical features from both its parent breeds.

There’s no telling what puppy is going to resemble what parent breed, or if it’s going to appear as a perfect mix all together. It all depends on the genetic makeup of each particular Cava-Tzu.

Usually, the Cava-Tzu has a medium-length coat that is often multicolored. The colors its fur can range include, black, tan, brown and white.

Their hair is often thick and will need frequent grooming.

Their ears hang down their face with a large amount of flop, and they have round, dense eyes that have an enthusiastic expression of brown. Its tails also will often curl back and are quite small.

How big is a full-grown Cava-Tzu?

The Cava-Tzu is often referred to as a toy breed, however, tends to be a little bigger than those of its counterparts.

Lengthwise, it tends to grow anywhere between 9-18 inches, which is bigger than the 7-9 inches of a Shih Tzu and the 9-12 inches of a Cavalier King Charles.

Weight-wise, the Cava-Tzu only tends to grow to 10 pounds, with a maximum of around 16. This means it is easy to carry around and perfect for late-night lap cuddles.

However, although it is small in size, it is recommended that supervise it around small children, as it can get a little jumpy.

What is the life expectancy of the Cava-Tzu?

The Cava-Tzu is estimated to live around the average lifespan of small-sized breeds, which around 10-15 years.

This is in the similar territory of the Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles, which tend to live around 10-16 years and 9-14 years respectively.

However, the life expectancy of a dog does depend on its health. So make sure to pay attentive detail to any possible health concerns and signs that your puppy has.

Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Cava-Tzu

A fluffu Cava-Tzu with a sweater on
The Cava-Tzu loves to be carried around.

Much like its parent breeds, the Cava-Tzu is known for being an ideal companion. It is incredibly easy to train provided you use positive reinforcement as a common tactic.

It is loving, compassionate and affectionate, responding well to adults and kids are alike.

The Cava-Tzu is well-tempered around strangers and doesn’t excessively bark, making it an unideal guard dog.

They will complain if left alone for too long, but it does not suffer from the same separation anxiety that other dogs do.

The dietary needs of the Cava-Tzu

Like other small breeds, the Cava-Tzu doesn’t eat a particularly large amount of food. It is estimated that it will eat around 1 cup per day, costing around $20-$30 a month.

It will enjoy various brands of dry dog food, as well as chopped up dog meats. For nutritional purposes, try and integrate kibble and fiber-based cereals.

It won’t do well with hefty meats, as it has a small body and will find them hard to digest.

How much exercise does the Cava-Tzu need?

The Cava-Tzu isn’t an incredibly active dog and prefers a nap just as much as a walk.

It is estimated that it will need around 40 minutes of exercise a day, with around 6 miles of walking a week.

The Cava-Tzu is ideal for the elderly due to its moderate need for physical activity, and its ability to comfortably live in apartments.

Its exercise needs can be met with small walks outside and activities inside.

The health concerns and conditions of the Cava-Tzu

The Cava-Tzu doesn’t inherit a large number of serious health concerns. However, there are a few minor possibilities of issues that you will need to keep an eye out for.

You will need to schedule occasional trips to the vet for blood work, eye exams, and physical check-ups.

Health issues include:

3 Important Training Tips

  • Be loving and encouraging while training your Cava Tzu.

This breed of dogs is extremely easy to train due to its eagerness to please its owners.

Since this dog is very affectionate and loves to do just as its owner says, you will have no problem making your Cava Tzu obey your commands.

However, it is important that you stay very gentle with your dog when training it and shower it with praises to encourage it.

One of the best ways to motivate it is to use techniques of positive reinforcement and give rewards to it when it surpasses your expectations in a test.

  • You should use the idea of ‘time outs’ as a form of punishment.

A Cava Tzu is very fond of companionship and loves to stay with its owner at all times.

You can exploit this fact to your advantage to enhance the training of your dog by making it be on its own during the ‘time out’.

Teach your dog that once you say ‘time out’ it will have to stay alone until you repeat it. This can serve as an effective form of punishment for the rare times your pet is not behaving well.

However, only use this sparingly and when your dog exhibits extremely disruptive behavior.

  • Expose your Cava Tzu to different sounds and noises.

This dog is likely to get scared or nervous when it hears a strange sound.

This is because a Cava Tzu is mostly around its owner and is being loved and coddled most of the time.

Sounds such as that of the vacuum cleaner, whistles, or lawnmowers can scare your pet so you should make it familiar with them.

Your dog will also learn from your behavior so you should stay calm and composed when you hear a sudden noise.

Cava-Tzu ConclusionThe Cava-Tzu dog breed

Overall, the Cava-Tzu is a kind, loving and entertaining dog that is easy to train and doesn’t require a lot of exercises.

If you have the budget, this dog will make a great a companion for first-time owners, and schooled veterans.

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