Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu

Compare the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to the Shih Tzu. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzus.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is very easy to groom. The Shih Tzu has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Shih Tzu is an average barker.
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Shih Tzu
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed
Silver & White Shih Tzu
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielShih Tzu
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan9-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height12-13 in.9-10 in.
Weight10-18 lb9-16 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryNot SpecifiedChina
Origin Year1500 AD618 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed14 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumNone
DanderMediumNone
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielShih Tzu
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielShih Tzu
Lifespan
Lifespan9-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
Bladder StonesNoYes
DistichiasisNoYes
Dry EyeYesYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
Episodic FallingYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Juvenile Renal DysplasiaNoYes
KeratitisNoYes
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
ProptosisNoYes
Retained Baby TeethNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
SnufflesNoYes
SyringomyeliaYesNo
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielShih Tzu
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
WavyYesNo
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
BlenheimYesNo
RubyYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black, Gold, & SilverNoYes
Black, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & SilverNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
BrindleNoYes
Brindle & WhiteNoYes
GoldNoYes
Gold & WhiteNoYes
LiverNoYes
Liver & WhiteNoYes
RedNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SilverNoYes
Silver & WhiteNoYes
Silver, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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