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March 2, 2018 PetGuide
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Cock A Tzu

 
  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: 25-35 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Group: Not Applicable
  • Best Suited For: families with kids and other pets, apartment dwellers, those looking for a loyal companion pet
  • Temperament: playful, affectionate, loyal, gentle
  • Comparable Breeds: Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu

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The sweet-natured Cock A Tzu is a fun-loving combination of the outgoing Cocker Spaniel and the playful yet stubborn little Shih Tzu that makes a great family dog who bonds quickly with his human pack. While he is loyal and protective, this pooch is not known for barking which means he is perfect for apartment living.

The sweet-natured Cock A Tzu is a fun-loving combination of the Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu.

The Cock A Tzu brings the Cocker Spaniel – a dog used for hunting woodcocks (hence cocker) who dates back to 14th century Spain – together with the Shih Tzu who has hales from ancient Tibet. Todays Cock A Tzu goes back 30 or 40 years to when breeders first began crossing pure-breds to create Designer Dogs. This type of dog was developed to produce pups that are free of some of the health issues pure-breds can experience and that carry desirable traits such as gentler personalities, smaller sizes and hypo-allergenic qualities.

The sweet-natured Cock A Tzu is a fun-loving combination of the Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu.Although the Cock A Tzu isn’t a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC), both of his parent breeds are members. The Cocker Spaniel joined AKC’s “sporting” group way back in 1878 while the Shih Tzu is a more recent addition, becoming a member of their “toy” group in 1969.

Because of his propensity to joint issues later in life, the Cock A Tzu needs to avoid becoming obese. This can be done by providing him with a nutrient rich kibble designed for his size, age and activity level. Avoid fillers that may cause him to overeat and plan to feed him 2 to 3 smaller meals a day versus free feeding.

The Cock A Tzu is a highly intelligent dog and quite well behaved.

Although the Cock A Tzu is a highly intelligent dog and quite well behaved, he can be a bit headstrong so patience will be required when training. Take a firm, consistent approach that will help him understand the pack leadership pecking order. This dog can be a bit sensitive so avoid scolding or punishment; instead use rewards to encourage him on a job well done.

Once fully grown, the Cock A Tzu will weigh between 25 and 35 pounds.

The sweet-natured Cock A Tzu is a fun-loving combination of the Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu.The friendly, well-behaved Cock A Tzu is a true people pleaser that is highly affectionate and loves to be involved in all family activities. He bonds quickly with his owner and because of this may experience separation anxiety if left on his own for long periods. This boy isn’t quick to bark and gets along well with everyone – including kids, other animals and even strangers – so is a great option for apartment living. He is somewhat sensitive and submissive so training should refrain from scolding.

While the Cock A Tzu is a healthy dog, he may be prone to inheriting some of the health issues that plague his parent breeds. It’s always good to know what these problems can include and with the Cock A Tzu he may be prone to joint issues including patellar luxation and hip dysplasia as well as eye problems from the Shih Tzu side of the family.

Your Cock A Tzu has a life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.

The Cock A Tzu is not a high maintenance dog when it comes to exercise. A couple of daily walks in the 30-minute range are enough to keep him happy and healthy. Because this is an intelligent breed, he will need mental stimulation that can include interactive playtime both indoors and outdoors as well as visits to the dog park for added socialization.

The Cock A Tzu is a people pleaser who bonds quickly with his family.

Also known as the Cock-a-Tzu, the Cock A Tzu comes from 2 different pure-breds and for that reason does not qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) however he is recognized by Designer Breed Registry (DBR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDLC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).

This dog comes from 2 double-coated breeds and while the Shih Tzu side of the equation can be almost non-shedding and hypoallergenic, the Cock A Tzu isn’t. Although he is a minimal shedder he will require daily brushing because his long silky hair is quite prone to matting and tangles. Bathe him only as necessary and expect to have him professionally groomed every 2 to 3 months to help maintain his coat’s shape. Because smaller dogs can be prone to dental issues, brush his teeth once or twice a week and inspect / clean ears weekly to avoid potential infections.

Cock A Tzu puppies are sweet-natured and ready to please their new pet parents so begin their socialization and obedience training early. This little guy can become a bit headstrong, so patience will be required. Because he can be prone to joint issues later in life, exercise and playtime should never be excessive or to the point that tiny joints can be injured.

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Comparable Breeds

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Cocker Spaniel

  • Height: 14-16 inches
  • Weight: 15-30 lb
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Group: AKC Sporting
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, singles, seniors, apartments, houses with with/without yards, farms/rural areas
  • Temperament: Playful, cheerful, eager to please, sweet
  • Comparable Breeds: Brittany, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
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Shih Tzu

  • Height: 10-11 inches
  • Weight: 9-16 lb
  • Lifespan: 12-16 years
  • Group: AKC Toy
  • Best Suited For: Families with children, singles, seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards
  • Temperament: Playful, lively, cuddly, affectionate
  • Comparable Breeds: Lhasa Apso, Pekingese