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The Cock-A-Tzu is a mixed dog, the result of breeding a Cocker Spaniel with a Shih Tzu. He is a medium sized dog with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. He is an affectionate and sometimes cheeky dog who is also good at competitive obedience and agility.

Here is the Cock-A-Tzu at a Glance
Average height Medium
Average weight 25 to 35 pounds
Coat type Wavy to curly, medium, soft
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Fairly high
Tolerant to Solitude? Small amounts of time
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Low to good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good
Good with other Dogs? Very good
Good with other Pets? Good to very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, AIHA, Hypothyroidism, skin problems, epilepsy, patellar luxation, kidney and bladder problems, Umbilical hernia, liver problems,
Other Health Concerns Allergies, hip dysplasia, ear infections, dental problems, snuffles, reverse sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $355 to $455

Where does the Cock-A-Tzu come from?

The increase of mixed breeds also called Designer dogs has caused some debate in the canine world. Some are against them for a number of reasons, but a large one being the number of puppy mills and bad breeders they have attracted. Some see little harm in them as long as it is done by responsible breeders. Most of them like the Cock-A-Tzu do not have origins or purpose known about them. To have a feel for what goes into the mix when it comes to looks and temperament you have to look at the parents. Keep in mind that there are no guarantees how the offspring will look or what traits they will have. They can inherit anything from their parents, even puppies in the same litter can be quite different.

The Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel come from a Spanish line of dogs, and was named for his favored ability in woodcock hunting. It was not untie 1892 that he was recognized as a breed in England as for a few hundred years before that to the English spaniel was a working category rather than an indication of breed. In the 1870s he came to America where he grew in popularity and where there became a division in English Cocker Spaniels and American Cocker Spaniels.

A Cocker Spaniel today when well bred is affectionate and sweet and loves to cuddle. He also likes to be in the center of any family activity and loves to play. He enjoys being active and is alert but he also quite sensitive and does not do well when treated harshly. He can also snap if he is pain or scared. Early socialization will bring out he best side of him.

The Shih Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is thought to be in the top 14 oldest breeds around, coming from either Tibet or China. They were treasured as companion dogs and can be found in paintings and documents across Tibetan and Chinese history. They were referred to as little lion dogs and were docile, intelligent and happy. The first breeding pair to leave China and come to England happened in 1928.In 1969 he was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

The Shih-Tzu today is still very much a companion dog. He wants to please and be with you, he is very affectionate and loves to receive it too. He will spend as much time as he can in your lap and is a happy little dog when he has lots of attention. He can be lively and likes to play and is friendly too.



The Cock-A-Tzu is a sweet dog who can be sensitive but gets on well with everyone. He has a cheeky side to him and is smart. He prefers to be with someone all the time and does not like being left alone. He tends to be obedient and bonds closely with his owners. He will expect a lot of attention and affection from you and will be very affectionate in return.

What does the Cock-A-Tzu look like

He is a small to medium dog weighing 25 to 35 pounds. He has eyes like the Shih Tzu and a muzzle that can be long like the Cocker or shorter like the Shih Tzu. He is lean but muscled and his legs are in proportion to the rest of him. His tail tends to be short and curled and his head is rounded. His nose is black and his eyes are dark and round. Ears tend to hang down and his coat can be wavy to curly, medium in length, soft and fluffy. Common colors are black, brown, golden and white.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Cock-A-Tzu need to be?

He is just a slightly active dog, he will not be happy indoors all the time but part of his activity can be gotten from indoor play. He can live in an apartment with his size and then should be taken out for a couple of walks a day. If there is no access to a yard you should find somewhere where it is safe or him to have off leash time as well. A dog park would be something he would love and be sure to give him some mental stimulation as well as physical.

Does he train quickly?

He is eager to please and intelligent so usually ranges between moderately easy to easy to train. Some Cock-A-Tzus house train very easily and some are more of a challenge. Be positive but firm. Stay consistent and use treats, praise and encouragement to motivate him. Early socialization and training is important so take the time needed to spend on it.

Living with a Cock-A-Tzu

How much grooming is needed?

He has moderate grooming needs. He can shed a low to moderate amount depending on his coat. He should have his ears checked and wiped clean once a week to avoid ear infections. His teeth should be brushed two to three times a week and his nails clipped when they get too long. Bathing should just be done when he needs it to avoid drying out the natural oils in his skin. Use a dog shampoo only as well for the same reason. He can get tear stains so his eyes and beneath them will need to be kept clean too.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is good with children but early socialization and training obviously will help. He also gets on with other pets and dogs. The children should be taught how to stroke and play with him in a kind and safe way too.

General information

He barks occasionally and will also bark to alert you of any intruders. He should be fed 1 1/2 to 2 cups of high quality dry dog food a day split into two meals. He has a better adaptability to cool weather rather than hot.

Health Concerns


He can inherit health issues from either or both parents so buy from a breeder you can trust, one who can show you health clearances for the parents and will let you visit the puppy before purchasing. Issues he might be prone to from his parents include Eye problems, AIHA, Hypothyroidism, skin problems, epilepsy, patellar luxation, kidney and bladder problems, Umbilical hernia, liver problems, Allergies, hip dysplasia, ear infections, dental problems, snuffles and reverse sneezing.

Costs involved in owning a Cock-A-Tzu

A puppy could cost between $300 to $500 but those prices can vary depending on location and also whether he becomes more trendy. Other costs include a collar and leash, carrier bag, crate, neutering, micro chipping, deworming, blood tests and shots. They come to between $455 to $500. Medical costs each year for just the essentials like emergency savings, check ups, flea prevention and shots comes to between $460 to $560. Non medical costs each year for things like food, treats, training, license and toys come to between $355 to $455.


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  • The Cock-A-Tzu is a great medium sized dog who should be suitable for most owners interested as he is fairly easy to look after, to train and very easy to love. He will be very loyal and affectionate but he will expect or need a high level of attention and affection back to be happy.


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