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Hybrid Dog Breed Facts Cock a Tzu



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The Cock-A-Tzu is not a pure breed of dog, but rather, it is a hybrid breed of dog that is comprised of the Cocker Spaniel and the Shih Tzu. Because of this mixing of breeds, it is not always easy to determine what any individual dog will be like. That will depend largely on how much of each of the original breeds that they have in them as well as what floats to the top on the genetic make up. It will also depend on whether the mix was of two pure bred parents or if the parenting dogs were both mixes themselves. This mating of two mixed breed dogs is what is referred to as a multi-generation cross.

Although a litter of pups cannot necessarily be pre-determined regarding what they will look or act like in any exact way, there are some characteristics that do seem quite common in the Cock-A-Tzu. The following are brief descriptions of the physical and personal characteristics of the Cock-A-Tzu in general that may help you decide if this is the dog that would be a good fit for you or for your family.

*Physical Characteristics

The Cock-A-Tzu typically has a small body that is fairly solid and well-muscled, but should not be overly fatty. These dogs may be prone to becoming overweight, so owners should not leave their food dishes down at all times and must make sure that the dog is getting proper exercise. Obesity in dogs is just as detrimental to their health as it is in humans. The legs should be proportionate to the body and the tail is usually short and may curl slightly as that of the Shih Tzu.

The head is usually round and the muzzle may be either slightly long as the Cocker Spaniel or pushed up like the Shih Tzu, with a moderate stop. The nose is black in color. The round eyes are dark. They hold an expression of intelligence, sensitivity, and friendliness. The ears are held either in the flopped position, hanging down the sides of the head, and are covered by silky fur.

The coat of the Cock-A-Tzu is usually a medium length, soft and silky, and is tight to the skin. The breed comes in an assortment of shades, sometimes one color and sometimes multi-colored. The coat of this breed requires regular care in order to keep it shiny and healthy, as well as free of debris that can get stuck in the fur. They will need to be brushed thoroughly with a rubber bristled paddle brush on a weekly basis to prevent matting. The Shih-Tzu is a "non-shedding" breed, so the Cock-A-Tzu usually sheds very little fur.

*Personal Characteristics

Cock-A-Tzus are intelligent dogs, but housebreaking is typically a challenge. It is a good idea to use the crate training method or puppy pads to assist in the process. They usually want to please the owners that they care about, but must understand what the human is requesting. Good human to canine communication is essential. Training of any sort must be consistent, with the human establishing his or her position as "pack leader" from the start. The breed does not tend to want to dominate, being happy to have a human leader to follow. They will respond best to calm firmness from their owner, as well as a reward system and plenty of praise.

Cock-A-Tzus form strong bonds with their families and need quite a bit of attention. They are exceptionally affectionate and sweet by nature, though, so this is not usually a problem. They should have plenty of activity, at least a brisk walk daily and some time to run off the leash in a safe area. They do well with both children and other pets, if they are well-socialized. Overall, Cock-A-Tzus are true companion pets that want little more than to love and be loved.


 

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