Cava Tzu

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The playful, people-loving Cava Tzu enjoys being the center of attention. He’s highly social and gets along well with kids, other animals and even strangers which, coupled with the fact he seldom barks make him a less than ideal watchdog but perfect for apartment living. He loves cuddling and hanging out with his family yet doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety and is okay being left on his own. He’s highly agile, loves to jump, play, then snooze – so a great choice for singles or seniors looking for a companion dog that isn’t always “on”.

Common Health Problems

Designer dogs have typically been bred to side-step health issues that can plague their purebred parents however its important to always be aware of what your new pup could inherit down the line. With the Cava Tzu, that can include joint issues as well as kidney and liver.

Life Expectancy

Your Cava Tzu has a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years.

Exercise Requirements

Cava Tzu’s don’t require a great deal of exercise to keep them physically fit and mentally stimulated. He absolutely loves to play so while a couple of short daily walks should be sufficient to keep him fit, plan to schedule in some interactive playtime such as a tossed ball or frisbee in the backyard to keep him happy. A visit to the dog park is also a fun way to squeeze in some activity and extra socialization.

The people-loving Cava Tzu loves to be the center of attention.

Recognized Clubs

The Cava Tzu’s Designer Dog status means he doesn’t qualify for American Kennel Club (AKC) membership however he is recognized by Designer Breed Registry (DBR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America (DRA) and International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).

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Coat

While your Cava Tzu is considered only a moderate-shedding dog, his long, thick, silky coat will require brushing 3 to 4 times a week to stay on top of shedding and keep it from matting and tangling. Periodic professional grooming may be needed to maintain his coat shape, but bathing should only be done as needed. As with many small dogs, periodontal disease can be a problem so brushing his teeth daily is encouraged as is weekly ear inspection / cleaning to prevent possible infection.

Puppies

The high energy Cava Tzu loves everyone he meets and jumping up to say hello can become a problem. In addition to house-training, obedience training should begin early to avoid this type of behavior and encourage him to sit and stay on command. While socialization may not seem necessary with this dog, it’s important he begin while young so that he learns to play nice with others.

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