Cava Inu

15-20 lbs
United States
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Shiba Inu

The Cava Inu is a hybrid breed. His parents are the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Shiba Inu. He is an alert, energetic, and happy dog. He is very child-friendly, but may not be a good dog for first time dog owners. He is loyal, alert, and can be mischievous. He is usually very social once he gets to know people. He is likely to be white or creamy red with yellow or tan markings. He typically requires a moderate maintenance routine for his coat; his parent breed the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel often needs a fair amount of grooming and additionally, the Shiba Inu parent can shed constantly when the season is right. Regular brushing can easily take care of the wayward fur. He is perfect for a family with a fenced-in backyard.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shiba Inu

Cava Inu Health

Average Size
Male Cava Inu size stats
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Female Cava Inu size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Heart Testing
  • Knee X-Rays

Cava Inu Breed History

While there is not much information on the Cava Inu hybrid, one can still learn much about this dog by studying the parent breeds. The Shiba Inu is thought to be an ancient canine although the name "Shiba Inu" was not given to the breed until the 1920s. A dog with incredible senses and an excellent hunting ability, this breed was capable of covering mountainous terrain and traversing hills and other areas where men could not travel. He could hunt boar but was primarily used to flush out small game and birds. Under the Cultural Properties Act, the Shiba Inu was declared a national treasure in 1936. During and after World War II however, distemper brought the breed to near extinction. Three variations of the Shiba Inu were interbred in order to give a comeback to the breed: the Shinshu Shiba, the Mino Shiba, and the Sanin Shiba. In 1954, United States service members brought the dog to America. The first litter of Shiba Inu was born in the United States in 1979. The American Kennel Club finally recognized the breed in 1993. A dog with an entirely different type of history, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was a companion to the noble and the royal of the courts of the 16th to 18th centuries. Notable owners of the breed were Mary, Queen of Scots and both King Charles I and II, who were enamored with the breed, eventually giving their name to it. Breed fanciers changed and broadened the scope of the dog once seen in the royal courts; this breed made its way to the United States in the 1940s; in the 1950s the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club was formed although it was only in 1995 that the American Kennel Club decided to recognize the breed.

Cava Inu Breed Appearance

The parent breeds of the Cava Inu could not be more different in appearance. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Shiba Inu have little in common genetically. With this combination, there may be some surprises about how your adult Cava Inu will grow and mature. The coat of your Cava Inu may be medium in length, wavy, and silky if the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's genes are predominant. A dog with a coat more similar to the Shiba Inu will have a shorter very dense coat, although the undercoat is soft. Both dogs have a smaller build so your Cava Inu will most likely be compact and sturdy. His legs will be short and his stance will be proud and confident. The ears of your pup may be erect like the Shiba Inu or could take on the appearance of the Spaniel, with very long ears that droop to the sides of the face. His muzzle will not be overly long and will have a perky nose, most often seen as black. He will have dark, alert eyes and a happy expression. His tail will curve over the back, but how as for how much and how tightly, will depend on the genes inherited. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cava Inu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cava Inu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Cava Inu coat
brown Cava Inu coat
red Cava Inu coat
fawn Cava Inu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Cava Inu wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cava Inu Breed Maintenance

The Cava Inu has moderate grooming requirements. He is not difficult to maintain; grooming really depends on the type of coat he inherits. Generally, the Cava Inu does not shed as much as his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent. However, the Shiba Inu parent breed is prone to a good deal of hair loss during seasonal shedding. Because of this, there is a chance that your hybrid will need brushing at least once a week, but he will need a bath only when he gets dirty. Use a soft, bristle brush to work natural oils through his coat, which will keep it soft. 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 Inu’s nails at least every two weeks. It is important to begin a grooming regimen with your Cava Inu at an early age so that he or she becomes accustomed to it.

Brushes for Cava Inu
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Cava Inu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cava Inu Temperament

The Cava Inu enjoys people; he is friendly, although some owners find that he can be a bit shy around strangers. Despite this, the Cava Inu¬†is an alert and bold little dog. He is also loving, kind, and highly trainable. Easily housebroken, they are not noisy dogs, barking very little. They are very playful and get¬†along well with other dogs and children (even without early socialization). Training from an early age will benefit the Cava Inu. Historically, the Shiba Inu parent will take¬†the ‚Äúpack leader position‚ÄĚ if he does not feel that his handler is firm and confident.¬† This means firm but kind training can only benefit the Cava Inu. Enable him to know his position by being a firm leader. Remember, the Shiba Inu parent is primarily a hunter, and for this reason it is recommended your Cava Inu not be left unsupervised around small¬†animals ‚Äď even other family pets. Caution should be taken when letting your hybrid off his leash;¬†he may chase cars and small animals.¬†

Cava Inu Activity Requirements

The Cava Inu will be interested in the world around him and will be game for activity whenever you suggest it. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent is a low to medium energy dog, while the Shiba Inu parent can be quite energetic, needing a regular release of pent up energy. Providing your hybrid with 45 to 60 minutes per day of exercise should be adequate, though he will always welcome more. He will enjoy a trip to the dog park, and he gets along well with other dogs. He will also enjoy a walk or jog with you as well. Remember, he may be prone to chasing small animals. One should also keep in mind that the Shiba Inu parent can sometimes resist being leashed, and may even dislike wearing a collar, preferring the feel of a harness. Give your Cava Inu time outdoors to run and release pent-up energy that might make him otherwise destructive. He is best suited to a home with a fenced-in yard so that he may roam unrestrained.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Cava Inu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Cava Inu Owner Experiences

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