The Cock-A-Tzu: A Complete Guide

It is well-known that owning a dog is no easy feat and shouldn’t be taken lightly. They require lots of attention and responsibility.

If you want the best dog possible, then knowing what to expect from a particular breed will make things much easier for you. Today, we’ll be covering the Cock-A-Tzu.

The Cock-A-Tzu is one of many relatively recent designer breeds.

With the recent influx of so many new mixed dog breeds, it is entirely understandable that dog owners are having difficulty keeping up.

Knowing everything that you can about a particular dog ensures that you will make the right choice.

Today, we are going to be looking at the things that a new owner should know about the Cock-A-Tzu, from when this dog is a puppy all the way up to old age.

Bear with us as we discuss everything from what these dogs look like to how they will behave at home.

Cock-A-Tzu Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Cock-A-Tzu are well-suited for apartments and condos.

There are a few things to think about before you go out and buy a puppy, no matter what type it is.

You have to know the price of the puppy you want to buy, all the information associated with the particular breed, and knowing whether you are one hundred percent ready to take care of the puppy full-time for 15 years.

What Price are Cock-A-Tzu Puppies?

Cock-A-Tzu puppies are adorable creatures, and when you see one, you will probably fall in love at first sight.

It is for this reason that you have to know what you are looking for before you go out to buy one.

Deciding things like what gender you prefer and how much you are willing to pay are both things that you need to know beforehand.

The price of a Cock-A-Tzu puppy is between $300 and $800.

The value is mostly influenced by the demand for the dog breed in your area, health information and immunization records, and where you buy the puppy from.

The more well-known and certified a breeder, the more the price will go up.

Where to Find Reputable Cock-A-Tzu Breeders?

The breeder that you buy your dog from is the most important step of adding a dog to your life because they have a great impact on the health and behavior of the dog.

When looking at breeders, be sure to learn about them and their business beforehand and see how other customers feel about them.

You should visit the kennel or home of the breeder once or twice before taking a puppy home to observe how the puppies interact with each other and the breeders.

If the puppies act strange or afraid of the owners, it may be a sign that they are not being treated properly.

Also, look for signs of malnutrition in the animals as this is a good indicator that they are not being fed properly.

Check to see if they have any documentation of any shots the Cock-A-Tzu puppies may have gotten and whether or not they have been spayed or neutered.

If you are hoping to breed dogs yourself in the future, this is an important thing to know so you won’t get a dog that cannot reproduce.

3 Little-Known Facts About Cock-A-Tzu Puppies

  1. The Cock-A-Tzu is a shy and quiet dog. They are not like other dogs where they make a lot of noise or get into a lot a trouble. If you are a person that wants a dog that is friendly to everyone and won’t give you a lot of issues, then they will be the perfect match for you.
  2.  This pup has beautiful long hair that can turn heads when they are walking down the street. Because of this, their coats need quite a bit of maintenance with brushing or combing every day. This is necessary so that their fur won’t get matted and stay looking as beautiful as possible. If you are a very busy person and won’t have time to do this, then you might not want to get this type of dog.
  3.  There are two types of Cocker Spaniels: English, and American. They don’t look very much alike, so it is important not to get them mixed up since the Cock-A-Tzu is bred with only one type, the American. The American Cocker Spaniel is smaller than the English, explaining the Cock-A-Tzu’s size.

Physical Traits of the Cock-A-Tzu

The Cock-A-Tzu puppies are adorable creatures.

The Cock-A-Tzu is a small dog breed. They are longer than they are short, with strong, sturdy legs.

Their muzzle is on the short side, thanks to both parent breeds, and they also have a broad, domed skull.

All dogs of this breed also have dark brown eyes, but the eye shape differs depending on the parent breed they take after most.

Their ears hang downward high on their head, and the ears vary in length from dog to dog. The Cock-A-Tzu’s tail is short to medium in length.

It can either curl upward onto their back or be more straight and stubby. The Cock-A-Tzu also has a beautiful coat that is often medium in length, silky, and either wavy or curly.

Their coat is very dense since they have a double layer. Their top coat will need to be brushed daily as mentioned before to prevent any matting.

This dog breed will suffer from skin infections if their fur is not taken care of. It can be a variety of colors, combinations, and markings.

How Big is a Full-Grown Cock-A-Tzu?

The Cock-A-Tzu is a small dog, weighing no more than 35 pounds and has a height of 11 to 14 inches.

Due to their size, they are well-suited for apartments and condos as long as they get the right amount of exercise.

What is Cock-A-Tzu’s Life Expectancy?

The Cock-A-Tzu lives the average amount of time among dog breeds. They can live 12 to 15 years due to minimal health risks and also due to being happy dogs.

Just like in humans, depression in animals and becoming overweight can lead to having a shorter life.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Cock-A-Tzu

The Cock-A-Tzu is an adorable, beautiful dog.

The Cock-A-Tzu is more of a timid and shy dog that does not make a lot of noise and is very sensitive.

You have to make sure that you know what you are doing when training this dog to ensure that you are not hurting their feelings.

Being harsh and mean when they do something wrong can be damaging to their psyche and may make them afraid of you.

Patience is vital when teaching them tricks and housebreaking them.

The Cock-A-Tzu is a decent watchdog since they will alert you when they suspect anything strange going on.

They also get along well with strangers, so they are not the best guard dogs when it comes to protection.

With proper training, the Cock-A-Tzu does well with children as long as you teach children how to treat the dog to avoid any injury.

Although reserved, they also get along with other animals and would have a lot of fun at dog parks.

If you are a busy person, however, the Cock-A-Tzu might not be the best match since they usually suffer from separation anxiety.

The Cock-A-Tzu’s Diet

Feeding the Cock-A-Tzu will be very easy and affordable for those of you that are on a budget since they only need about one to one and a half cups of food a day.

It is best to feed these pups premium dog food to ensure that they get all the nutrients their body requires to stay happy and healthy.

You could also opt to make your own dog food with the right combination of meats and vegetables if you want to ensure that they are as healthy as possible.

Be cautious of feeding them table food since this is the easiest way for them to become overweight or even obese, which is something you won’t want to happen since it is hard to lose the weight once it is there.

How Much Exercise Does the Cock-A-Tzu Need?

If you do not lead an overly active lifestyle, the Cock-A-Tzu will be a perfect match for you.

They do not need a lot of exercise and will be okay with just a few daily walks around the block and playtime indoors.

They are also brilliant, so agility and obedience training and games are a great way to stimulate their minds and their bodies.

Cock-A-Tzu Health and Conditions

The Cock-A-Tzu is a very healthy dog breed that does not have a lot of health issues to worry about. There are a few, but these can be prevented with proper care and vet checkups.

Serious Issues:

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Eye Problems
  • Patellar Luxation

Minor Issues:

Supplements and Vitamins

For particularly sensitive dog breeds, with those smaller dogs like the Cock A Tzu being a prime example, owners are ever more concerned about boosting the natural nutrition, health and well being of their pet.

Most reputable dog food manufacturers take extra care nowadays to ensure that their products are specially formulated for a given dog’s size, but also nutritional needs, including vitamin and mineral content.

However, joint pains and other complications in older age can really affect the quality of life of your Cock A Tzu as much as any other dog breed.

For that reason, more and more dog owners are looking to add to their dog’s diet by supplements of all kinds.

The easiest way to do this is by shopping for those specialised supplements in pill, chewable or liquid form, and either offering those to your dog, or mixing it into their meals to smuggle it into their diet.

While this often results in success, the Cock A Tzu shares the characteristics of many small dogs of its kind – that being that this crossbreed is sometimes a picky eater, and perceptive enough to notice if there’s been something added to dinner.

In those instances, try fresh fruit to help boost your dog’s vitamin levels. Definitely avoid toxic fruits like grapes, or high sugar fruits like bananas, and lean instead towards watermelon chunks without the seeds as a healthy and refreshing treat that’s full of vitamins for your Cock A Tzu.

My Final Thoughts on the Cock-A-Tzu

The Cock-A-Tzu is an adorable, beautiful dog that is very sweet to everyone they encounter.

They are very easy to take care of, and the only downside is that they are sensitive and might suffer from separation anxiety.

If this is something that doesn’t bother you, then the Cock-A-Tzu is a great dog choice for you!

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OVERALL SUMMARY

9
Cost to Buy
10
Cuteness Level
9.5
Family Safety
9.5
Friendliness
8.5
Health Concerns
8
Life Span
9.5
Exercise Required
9.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 9.2 / 10

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