Does any one have a cava tzu breed? (KING CHARLES CAVALIER/SHIH TZU MIX???

Does anyone have a puppy which is this cross breed there also known as Cava Tzu, what do you think of the breed?? are yours effectionate? what is there temperemnt like? i have one i just want to get others oppinion and feel free to show any pictures

Sorry blondey but all your going to get is a bunch of people harping on about how your dog is a mutt (they love to put it in capital letters for extra effect) and that your stupid for paying money for a cross breed and that you should have gone to a dogs home to get one. These people generally ignore your question and just seem to have a holier than thou attitude about dogs. You have the right to own any type of dog that you want and if you try googling this type of dog you may find some sites that are a bit more helpfull than the people that lurk on the dogs section here ready to pounce on anybody that dares not to have a pedigree dog or one from the shelter.

**awaits hundreds on thumbs down for not just writing a 500 word rant on puppy mills in response to somebody who asked a perfectly reasonable question about their pet**

  • husky87

    A cavalier cross shih tzu IS NOT A BREED. It is a cross between two purebreds and nothing more.

    In terms of temperament, crossbreeding does not breed predictable results like breeding pedigree purebreds does. This means that anyone who owns a cross like yours could have completely different characteristics to anyone else with the same cross.

    A cavalier cross shih tzu could have a temperament common to either of their purebred parents, they could be a combination of either coat type, size and character.

    As for the dogs being affectionate? Well both cavs and shih tzus are bred as companion lap dogs so if they have been raised and trained properly as well as bred by reputable breeders they should have friendly temps.

    Yep indigo you're right – chances are slim this cross came from anyone who had a remote clue what they are doing.

    Technicolour – you obviously do not have remote clue about canine genetics.

    If the parents are unhealthy or carrying genetic diseases that does not "more than halve" the chance of a puppy getting the disease.

    This logic could be applied to two purebred dogs where only one dog is the carrier and the other one is free of Mitral Valve Disease. Unfortunately, if one of the parents are carriers then that means that any number of pups can be carriers. Hybrid vigour is pure hype and professed by people who have absolutely NO KNOWLEDGE of canine genetics. Hybrid vigour in theory is the crossing of two unrelated dogs who are healthy, free of recessive diseases and health problems. This means that yep, hybrid vigour can be applied to two unrelated purebred dogs of the same breed.

    Please go ahead and research the way genetics works – you cannot pick and chose which traits you get in puppies when crossbreeding. It doesn't work that way.

    EDITED: Ok technicolour – trying to decipher what I can from your ramble there. I doing a diploma in canine genetics – but don't worry, the information I wrote here about very basic genetics can be found through google and is accessible to anyone who actually wants to learn about how genetics works.

    I never said anything about the crossbreed being a runt?? But the chances of it being unhealthy and poorly bred are high considering its a cross and ethical breeders do not breed designer mongrels.

    Your point is quite confusing – it won't halve the chance of getting a genetic disease but it does halve the health problems? Is MVD not a health problem? If neither of the parents have been health tested how does crossing the two halve the health problems that the pups can have? If the parents are unhealthy then the pups will be too!

    Please explain your point further, you are not making sense. Crossbreeding does not mean resulting puppies will magically be healthier than their parents.

    (Also: you said cavaliers are "wonderful dogs to cross". Not many people actually advocate crossbreeding – that is one reason you are getting the thumbs down)

    I don't care how your dogs live and never questioned that – would love to know the reasoning behind your claims crossbreeding halves health problems though!
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  • Fallen Angel

    *Rolls eyes in DESPAIR*
    Oh GOD, no please not another mongrel hybrid designer dog with a ridiculous name.
    Get a mongrel from the dogs home or get a pedigree puppy. Don't encourage puppy mills / farms / back yard breeding for profit.
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  • technicolourlassie

    i had a king charles yorkie (cavalier x yorkie). wonderful dogs to cross cavaliers.
    Full pedigree cavaliers do have a heart condition but being crossed almost halves this problem.
    Cavaliers are sweet dogs anyway and shih tzus crave human attention and are non-aggressive. so basically you have got 2 fabulous breeds mixed into one dog!
    have a little scout round the internet and read up on the temperament of both breeds, i assure you you will have great times together and lots of love given to you.
    I have now got a Shih Tzu who is 12wks and a menace but a little sweetheart and soooo affectionate.
    here are 2 links for you to look at.
    love to you all. x

    HUSKY, i do have a clue about canine genetics, i have an advanced diploma in canine care and behaviour and i am taking a degree in canine psycology.
    dont judge someone by what they write.

    So whats your qualifications to know so much about canines?
    And i wrote, 'it halfs the problem not halves the chances of getting the condition.!
    and for someone to judge another person by what they write just says to other people 'look at me, i am a know it all and i can give you an essay of science' when all the person dont want to read a load of science and genetics.

    so basical husky all you said to that person was they have a cross breed and it could be a runt, unhealthy, poorly bred??? The things you put in your answer would be to tell this person to research the family tree for health problems but with crossbreeds that could be impossible.

    MRS GC,,,,READ MY ANSWER PROPERLY! I DONT HAVE A CROSSBREED I HAVE A KC REG SHIH TZU, I USED TO HAVE A CROSS YEARS AGO!!!!!!!

    And not one part of my answer encouraged anyone to go and buy one, see what i mean about being judged?

    ok so i got my words mixed up? 'wonderful dogs, cavalier crosses!!!' is this why i am getting put down oin my f***** answer???? or is it because i am from UK?

    last and final words, to get called 'probably a puppy farmer' is a bit below the belt, i never encouraged anyone to buy a cross but would u say the same thing about one being bought from a shelter???
    I own 2 tri colour rough collies and a shih tzu, my third collie was attacked 3wks ago and passed away she was a puppy, i am an exhibitor and my son is in junior handling, i used to breed shelties and owned 12 of them but can no longer breed with 3 children and another on the way. I am still listed as a responisible KC accredited breeder. And i will continue to be an exhibitor. I have heated kennels from when my shelties were here but they never used them they stayed in the house with me, yes i paid a fortune to have it built but its just money wasted anyway.
    there is my life around dogs so dont judge me, i never once encouraged breeding of crossbreed dogs.

    And the labradoodle is a KC breed now so figure that out, that was once a cross!!!!!

    most of the breeds in the KC were crossed somewhere along the line to make that specific breed so what are they? are they also designer dogs???? basically you are saying that all the breeds in the kennel club are designer dogs because i can assure you to make up the breeds they were crossed with different breeds yrs ago!!!
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    http://www.akc.org/breeds/cavalier_king_charles_spaniel/
    http://www.akc.org/breeds/shih_tzu/index.cfm

  • Miss Indigo Blue Violet Papillon

    husky87 – right on,except for the part about reputable breeders … no reputable breeder would breed anything called a Cava Tzu (or any designer 'breed').
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  • Stephanie Loves Sam

    determining the temperament of a MUTT is impossible. this is not a breed its a mutt. if every single mix in the world was considered a breed once it was born then this world would have millions of breeds. all the dogs of this mix WILL be different
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  • Mrs GC

    Here's a better idea
    Make up your mind whether you want a king Charles OR a Shih Tzu
    Crossing these 2 serves no purpose other than the thirst for these ridiculous designer breeds
    Don't line the pockets of BYB by buying one of these mutts

    It is impossible to know the temperament in a mix you have no idea what you're getting
    You could get the bad traits of both dogs rolled into one
    Basically a walking nightmare

    technicolourlassie
    Just because you have one of these designer mutts who is a 'sweetie' doesn't mean you should encourage others to follow you
    NO reputable breeder would EVER purposefully cross these two dogs
    The only people who would are BYB who are after a bit of profit!

    Regardless of whether you have or HAD a cross in the past is no excuse for encouraging people to go out and buy one!
    You say you have a registered Shih Tzu, if that's the case you should be trying to advocate responsible breeding in your breed!

    I beg to differ there
    ''wonderful dogs to cross cavaliers.''
    ''Cavaliers are sweet dogs anyway and shih tzus crave human attention and are non-aggressive. so basically you have got 2 fabulous breeds mixed into one dog!''
    If that's not encouragement I don't know what is

    What has being from the UK got to do with it?
    I'm from the UK!!!!!!!

    I'm shocked that you're an accredited breeder who advocates the breeding of mutts
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  • racecarsnotdogs

    Its not known as a Cava Tzu is a cross breed or mutt and as such who knows which parent it will take after if either.

    And no crossing 2 breeds does not halve the chances of heart disease or any other hereitary disease and if any breeder tells you that you can laugh at them. Anyone who reckons they know canine genetics and advocates this and encourages these sort of crosses is probably a puppy farmer themselves.

    I asked some time ago whether owners of these cross breeds could tell me what health tests had been done on the parents and if they had researched the lines they came from. I had not one answer from any owner of these breeds, can anyone on here respond?
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    Also from the UK

  • collielover

    A cross breed of any kind just that….a cross breed, a mongrel, a mutt! You can come up with any daft name you like, it'll still be a mutt. So a shih tzu crossed with a poodle would be a ………….. i'll leave that to your imagination lol.
    At the end of the day, these crosses should never be allowed to happen. Not that there's anything wrong with mongrels as dogs, i had one myself, she was put into a bin liner as a 5 week old pup along with her sister and thrown into a ditch! Luckily a passer by rescued her and i had her, unfortunately her sister was already dead by the time they were found. I couldn't have wished for a better dog, but she was obviously an inconvenience to someone, the result of someones dog having an "accidental" mating. She was one of the lucky ones, she was found in time. Rescue centers are full of crossbreeds, all unwanted by someone, it's such a shame.
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  • Antigone W

    Seriously, this is not a breed, it is a MUTT, pure and simple. Why not just get a pure Cavalier or a pure Shihtzu? Or better yet, rescue one. IMHO, your buying a dog like this is supporting unscrupulous back yard breeders and puppy mills. You need to be more informed, so please do your research. "Designer Breeds" pander to ill informed people like you.
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    Owner and rescuer of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

  • lulu

    Yep i have one and pics aswell:

    http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/cavatzu.htm

    You'll love this website, and to be different from the others,YES there are cava tzu's of course, you know that coz youv got 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • bunny

    Sorry blondey but all your going to get is a bunch of people harping on about how your dog is a mutt (they love to put it in capital letters for extra effect) and that your stupid for paying money for a cross breed and that you should have gone to a dogs home to get one. These people generally ignore your question and just seem to have a holier than thou attitude about dogs. You have the right to own any type of dog that you want and if you try googling this type of dog you may find some sites that are a bit more helpfull than the people that lurk on the dogs section here ready to pounce on anybody that dares not to have a pedigree dog or one from the shelter.

    **awaits hundreds on thumbs down for not just writing a 500 word rant on puppy mills in response to somebody who asked a perfectly reasonable question about their pet**
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  • shih tzu lady

    Cava Tzu? You mean a Shih Spaniel. It's commonly known as a mutt – a crossbreed.
    Its looks will depend on the dominant gene.
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  • Joanne

    as said by a lot of people crosses dont allways have the same personality types.
    but i have met 2 cavalier crosses and both were affectionate, i think it has more to do with how you rais them that will determin how there personality will develop.

    To technicolourlassie.
    When did the labradoodle become a KC breed?
    Ive not hrud any thing about this or seen it in the site.
    its not on the KC breeds lists
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/1
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/3
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/4
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/5
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/2
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/6
    http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/7
    (Not trying to offend just want to know more as cant find any thing on it)
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  • kelly

    I have 2 cavazus and I love them!They are good with other dogs and children.They are very friendly and affectionate.People stop me on the street and ask me what the breed is as they are so sweet.hope this helps

  • Mandy

    I have a shih Tzu- King Charles Cavalier dog named Cooper and he is the best dog ever. I recommend them a lot. This dog loves everyone. He is so sweet and great with kids to. He loves to cuddle with me and my parents to. He some times sleeps with me in my bed. I believe that Coopers Mom was a Shih Tzu and his dad was the King Charles Caviler but I might be wrong on which 1 was the Shih Tzu or the King Charles Caviler!!!!

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