Cava-Corgi

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14-30 lbs
8-12"
United States

The Cava-corgi is a hybrid breed. Its parents are the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and the Welsh Pembroke Corgi. He is a small, energetic, happy dog. He is very kid-friendly, and is a great dog for first time dog owners. He is actually a very easygoing dog; he is not too active. However, he generally inherits his parent breed the Welsh Pembroke Corgi’s penchant for herding.  He is likely to be a variety of colors, and he actually requires low maintenance even though his parent breed the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel often needs more grooming. He is perfect for one who lives in an apartment as well as a family with a fenced-in backyard. 

Purpose
Companion, Guarding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Cava-Corgi Health

Average Size
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 14-30 lbs
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 14-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Syringomyelia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Spine
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Cava-Corgi Breed History

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel itself is a relatively new breed; they are descended from toy Spaniels who were companions to royalty and nobility in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Mary, Queen of Scots, owned a toy Spaniel that walked alongside her master as Mary went to her beheading. Mary’s grandson and great-grandson, Charles I  and II, owned many of the same breed of dog, and they eventually gave their name to the breed. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels came to the United States in the 1940s. In the 1950s, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club was formed. It was only in 1995 when the American Kennel Club decided to recognize the breed. The Welsh Corgi has a rich and romantic history. Welsh legend holds that the dog sprang from the lairs of fairies and elves. According to the tale, two children were tending the family cattle when they found some puppies. At first, they believed the dogs to be foxes, but thought something about them was different, so they bundled them up and took them home. Their parents explained that these pups were mounted by fairies, as evidenced by the fairy saddle on the shoulders of the dogs. The dogs grew to be treasured family companions and they were apt at herding the family’s cattle. Historians say that Welsh Corgis were descended from the Valhunds, Swedish cattle dogs. Others believe that Flemish weavers brought the dogs to Wales in the twelfth century. The breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club in the 1920s; the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1934. The Welsh Corgi is also held in high regard by royals; Queen Elizabeth II was given a Corgi by King George VI, and she has always loved the breed from that time on. Currently, Buckingham Palace is home to a “pack” of them. 

Cava-Corgi Breed Appearance

The Cava-corgi is usually quite small. He generally does not weigh over fourteen pounds and is around one foot in height at the shoulder. Of course, this will vary due to the Cava-corgi’s parent breeds.  Also, the female tends to be slightly larger than her male counterpart. His hair will generally be medium to long in length. Sometimes he may have wavy or curly hair.  He may be a variety of colors, but often he will be patterned much like the parent breed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He may be white with brown, red, fawn, or lemon markings. It is also important to know about the appearance of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi in order to determine what the Cava-corgi might look like. The Corgi is generally short in height with a long body. The Cava-corgi is likely to be a mixture of the two parent breed colors with long hair. He will likely have the short legs of his Corgi parent. 

Cava-Corgi Breed Maintenance

The Cava-corgi has moderate grooming requirements. He is not difficult to maintain; grooming really depends on the type of coat he inherits. Generally, the Cava-corgi does not shed as much as his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent. He will need brushing at least once a week, and he only needs a bath when he gets dirty. Use a soft bristle brush to work any tangles and mats out of his hair. You may need to brush him two or three times a week during shedding season. Brushing the teeth of your dog two or three times a week will help prevent tooth decay and bad breath; however, daily brushing is optimal for preventing gum disease. Trim your Cava-corgi’s nails at least every two weeks. A general rule of thumb is if you can hear your dog’s nails clicking on the floor, it is time to trim them. It is important to begin a grooming regimen with your Cava-corgi at an early age so that he or she becomes accustomed to it.

Cava-Corgi Temperament

The Cava-corgi is a very sweet dog. He is happy, and he may “herd” the members of his family. He is most definitely a companion dog. He loves his family, and he will want to be with you anywhere you go. He is smart and one of the easier breeds to train. He needs reinforcement with treats and other positive measures. He is known for obeying commands. He is excellent with children. He has a reputation for being playful and energetic with kids as well as being highly affectionate. We should also know a little about his parent breed, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, in order to understand the personality of the Cava-corgi. The Corgi is a happy, loving, and intelligent dog. However, they can be fiercely independent, and training may be difficult. The Welsh Corgi is also known to nip at the feet of children; their instinct as a herding dog is still strong. He does not intend to hurt anyone; he is simply herding his charge back where he or she should be! The Corgi is a great watchdog as well, so it is likely your Cava-corgi will be the same. They are a good dog for first-time owners.

Cava-Corgi Activity Requirements

The Cava-corgi is a playful little dog. However, he needs a minimum of thirty minutes of daily exercise to keep him from having pent-up energy, which might lead to his being destructive. Dog parks are not recommended for the Cava-corgi; he will definitely enjoy the interaction with other dogs, but Cava-corgis often tend to “herd” other animals or small children, so they cannot be off their leash unless they are in a fenced-in area. Perhaps he could accompany you on a walk or jog. It is not recommended that you let your Cava-corgi outside in a yard without a fence, and it is not recommended that you leave the Cava-corgi unattended. He also has a reputation for chasing cars, so if you are outside with him, he should be on a leash or in a fenced-in area.

Cava-Corgi Owner Experiences