Cock-A-Tzu:Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu Mix
Facts & Origin
Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu Mix - a hybrid breed.
The Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu are a mixed breed, also known as the Cock-a-Tzu or Shocker. It has a soft, wirey coat and a long tail. The physique of these mixed breeds resembles that of traditional breeds, but in a miniaturized form. They tend to be quite intelligent and are very affectionate. They are also considered to be very good companion dogs.
The Cock-a-Tzu needs to be brushed and bathed regularly, as it has a long coat. Its coat can come in different colors and its ears are slightly curved downwards, which gives it a very memorable look. Also, this breed needs a lot of attention, exercise and love. They are very loyal and playful and make their owners* happy.
|Origin||England / Tibet|
|Life expectancy||10 - 17 years|
|Activity level||average - low|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits of Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix - Such is probably his nature.
The Cocker-Shih Tzu mix is an unusually charming and intelligent animal. It is a lively and energetic little dog that can bring a lot of joy to its owner. These sweet and playful mixed breeds are able to form incredibly close bonds with their owners*, the majority love to be the center of attention and spend entire days interacting and playing with families. Their friendly and happy nature makes the Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix an ideal companion for people of all ages. These lively ones also have alert minds and tend to learn quickly. However, it's important that you hold regular training sessions to ensure the dog stays focused, obedient and well-mannered.
Their striking coat color - usually golden brown or brown - makes them popular worldwide. The Cocker Shih Tzu is a remarkable pet that is also suitable as a guard dog, as it is very alert and curious. This dog will be a loyal and faithful companion for you as long as you give it enough attention, care and love. If you are looking for a compact and active breed that can live in a tiny space, this excellent and graceful crossbreed is for you.
Health and breeding information
What diseases can occur in Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix.
Cocker Spaniel Shih Tzu mixes are one of the most popular designer dogs available. They are beautiful, spirited and loyal - ideal for a faithful companion that will provide you with many years of enjoyment. However, due to their hybridity, Cocker-Shih Tzus can be prone to several hereditary diseases.
Some of these diseases are inherited from both parent breeds, while others may only be found in one particular line. Since there are many different hereditary diseases, it is important for the dog's owners to know the potential risks and signs. Among the hereditary diseases that can affect Cocker-Shih Tzus are heart disease, eye disease, digestive disorders, respiratory problems, skin disease and other health problems.
Among the most common and serious diseases of the Cocker-Shih Tzus is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. This disease affects the dog's hip joint and causes pain in the hind legs that gets worse when the dog moves. Another common inherited disease in Cocker-Shih Tzus is patellar luxation. This condition affects the dog's knee joints and causes pain when standing or walking. In severe cases, the condition can lead to arthritis and lameness.
A preventative/prophylactic measure for Cocker-Shih Tzus is a regular health exam, which can detect possible signs of hereditary disease. It is also important to see a veterinarian if your dog shows signs of possible disease. Since Cocker-Shih Tzus are susceptible to hereditary diseases, owners should have their dogs checked regularly to ensure timely detection and treatment. With the right knowledge and prevention, these long-lived and loyal dogs can stay healthy and happy.
What does this mixed breed look like?
A Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix features a medium length, thick and soft coat. It can be many colors, usually beige or brown with white or black markings. The color distribution and pattern varies by breed, but most mixes of this breed are impressive and attractive. The coat is quite dense and regular, with more curls on the back, neck, tail and ears. The body, head and face usually have less curl than the rest of the body. This mix is also prone to allergies, so it is advisable to use high quality allergy food regularly.
What are breed characteristics of this mix dog?
A Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix is a small, medium-sized dog with a soft, rough coat. They are usually 12 to 15 inches tall and weigh between 4 and 7 kilograms. The head is round with a flat skull and soft whiskers ending in the eyes. The ears are long and the length of the neck is medium. The build is balanced and muscular. The tail is usually long and wavy. Their typical color is reddish brown with various markings on the paws and the root of the tail.
|Fur||wavy - flat coated|
|Ear shape||Floppy Ear|
|Tail||fanned out - rolled up|
|Size ♀||20 - 41 cm|
|Weight ♀||4 - 15 kg|
|Size ♂||20 - 43 cm|
|Weight ♂||4 - 16 kg|
Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.
Dogs with shortened muzzles can often experience respiratory problems.
Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.
Some breeds, unfortunately, especially suffer from knee injuries of various kinds.
Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.
The shade of the coat of a Cocker Spaniel-Shih Tzu mix is very varied, ranging from white, to golden brown, to black.
This mixed breed is quite small in size. An adult Cocker Spaniel Shih Tzu mongrel usually grows between 25 and 35 cm tall and weighs 5.5 to 10 kg.
Cocker Spaniel Shih Tzu mixes are characterized by their cheerful, playful and affectionate nature. They are loyal, intelligent companions and friends.
This mixed breed requires a lot of care and attention. They need regular brushing to maintain a healthy coat, as well as regular exercise to stay healthy and regulate their energy levels.
No, it is recommended that Cocker Spaniel Shih Tzu mixes live in the house. They are very affectionate and want to build a strong bond with their owners.
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