Okay, allow this Cav newbie to gush a bit about my lovely Charlie. He's wonderful! I called his breeder and asked her if all Cav puppies were this calm! Shih Tzus aren't what I would have considered an "active" breed. They're not hyper or anything, but Tzu puppies are just plain wiggly! Tzus in general, when they are on your lap, just want to be up giving you kisses and just wiggling that fluffy tail! Charlie just snuggles up under my chin when I'm holding him and goes to sleep. Or curls up on my lap and sleeps. He does run and play and thinks Shih Tzu tails and ears are the coolest toys there is! But I'm seeing differences in overall temperament and activity level. Charlie is calm in comparison. Are your Cavs calm too?
I can definitely see that Cavs are not stubborn like Tzus. Oh my goodness - Shih Tzus can be stubborn. Of course Charlie is only not quite 9 weeks old. But if he's attempting to chew something he shouldn't, or piddle where he shouldn't, or whining in the middle of the night... I just tell him No; and he stops. Amazing! You tell a Shih Tzu no, and they look at you as if you've just challenged them with a dare or something!
Now don't get me wrong, I love my Tzus - but I'm most definitely IN LOVE with Cavaliers!!
Here's my little guy with my hubby (who is also in love with Cavaliers!)