Cava Inu

Dog Breed Profile

Cava Inu History

The Cava Inu, also known as the Spanish Water Dog, is a medium to large sized water gun of FCI Group 7. It is an ancient water retriever and waterdog. The distinctive coat of the cava (Spanish for “shell”) protects the animal from abrasive rocks while swimming. The cava was selectively bred over thousands of years in the mountainous regions of the Caucasus. The ancestors of the modern day cava likely originated in Central Asia, and were crossed with local Caucasian dogs. The type developed in Spain, specifically in the regions of Aragon, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Cava Inu Physical Characteristics

The Cava Inu is a medium-to-large sized, shorthaired, wirehaired, or long haired breed of domestic dog from Portugal. The breed is somewhat of a cross between the Pointer and Poodle. The dogs are alert, athletic, and graceful. They are natural hunters, with keen eyesight, great nose, and a strong, muscular body.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Brown, Red, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 20 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 15 – 20 lbs

Cava Inu Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Cava Inu Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Mitral Valve Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Cataracts

Cava Inu Temperament and Behaviour

The Cava Inu is a calm, easy-going and independent breed of dog. They are protective of their families and can make a good watchdog. They are smart, but may not be easy to train. They are loyal to their family and are very loving.

Cava Inu Activity Requirements

The Cava Inu is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and an Akita. They are a loyal, intelligent, and protective dog. While they are not as high-energy as other breeds, the Cava Inu still needs regular exercise. A daily walk or romp in the yard is best suited to this active and fun-loving dog. While they are a generally healthy, playful, and easygoing dog, the Cava Inu does have some common health issues that may affect their lifespan. Hip dysplasia, eye problems, and heart problems are all common in the dog. If you are thinking about adding a Cava Inu to your family, it is important to be prepared for their long-term health needs. It’s important to take your new puppy in for regular veterinary checkups to catch any problems early.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cava Inu is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cava Inu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Cava Inu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Cava Inu is part of the Unclassified group.

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