Teddy bear dogs: what you need to know

Teddy bear dogs: what you need to know

Teddy bear dogs

You have definitively heard of teddy bear dogs since their popularity has increased in recent years. They are beautiful and basically a living toy. But just like when you add a new member to your family, there are some things that you need to know about teddy bear dogs so that you are well informed about what you are getting yourself into.

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What are teddy bear dogs?

Teddy beard dogs are designer dogs that usually are the result of mixing the Shih Tzu with the Bichon Frise, although other combinations are also possible. They are tiny and have a fluffy coat. They are adorable and are perfect to live with in small apartments or a bigger house. Breeders continue to experiment by adding other dog breeds to the gene pool.  These teddy bear dogs are also known as Shichon or Zuchon.


These dogs have a very distinct personality that includes:

  • Affectionate
  • Loyal
  • Intelligent and generally easy to train
  • They love to please their owners
  • Most of them are hypoallergenic
  • Sweet and mild-tempered

These dogs are being bred to eliminate any dander, making them effectively hypoallergenic. This has helped to increase their popularity. They are also very gentle and suitable for young children.

Physical characteristics

These dogs are bred to be small and light. They can perfectly be held by the arms of a toddler. Their weight is usually 8-16 pounds and they do not grow any larger than a ruler. We are talking about a mere 8-12 inches when fully grown.

Fun Facts

  • They require lots of attention and are pretty playful.
  • Provide them with a lot of toys to chew on as they love it.
  • Although they look like a toy you would want to put on the display, these dogs actually enjoy walking, just like any other dog breed.
  • They have a reputation of being hard to potty train. So, be patient and expect several accidents.
  • When it comes to walking, these little fellas do more like running. Get yourself a retractable leash for this one.

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