Breed Info: Teddy Bear Dogs and Puppies
The Teddy Bear dog is a new breed of "designer dog" that was first introduced at the start of the new millennium. Also known as the Zuchon or Shuchon, this dog has earned its place as one of the cutest companion dogs.
A Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise Mix
Technically a mixed breed, Teddy Bear puppies are crossbred from Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise parents. It is said that the American Kennel Club will give the Teddy Bear official recognition as a breed in its own right (to be officially named the Zuchon) after more generations are born and raised.
The search for cuddly companion dogs has seen the popularity of Teddy Bear puppies skyrocket throughout the United States and other countries. So just what makes this designer breed so popular? Let's investigate some of this dog's qualities.
- Teddy bear puppies are small in stature, and they remain small even into adulthood, growing to a height of approximately 12 inches. They weigh a light 12 to 14 pounds as adult dogs.
- The breed sports a soft, fluffy coat that doesn't shed like most dog breeds. It can be clipped short into a "puppy cut" or left long.
- These dogs have round faces with squashed muzzles and large, endearing eyes, earning them their namesake. They also have medium-length droopy ears and short, fluffy tails.
- Their coat can come in virtually any colour, giving each dog its own uniqueness that isn't usually seen in other companion breeds such as the Bichon Frise.
Like any dog breed, teddy bear puppies will develop their own behaviours based on their upbringing, including factors like socialization, training and environment. Generally, though, the breed has been developed to possess the following temperamental traits:
- They are eager to please and intelligent, making them ideal to train.
- This breed loves the company of their human pack, unlike some of the more independent small dog breeds.
- Teddy bear dogs tend to be less vocal than other small dogs. They will still let you know if there's a visitor, but they aren't usually nuisance barkers.
Health and Care
Teddy bear dogs are relatively healthy compared to their purebred ancestors. This is partially due to the genetic diversity of being a mixed breed, but also due to their small stature.
- Teddy bear puppies are brachycephalic (short-muzzled) dogs, which means that breathing problems or sensitivity to high temperatures may be an issue.
- Cleaning the dog's ears on a semi-regular basis may be required to prevent a buildup of grime and dirt.
- It is important not to neglect this dog's coat. Regular brushing and the occasional trim is required to keep this breed's coat in top shape. A neglected coat can become matted, leading to painful hot spots on your dog.
Are These Dogs Hypoallergenic?
For families with allergies, this dog is ideal. Not only does the breed not shed its coat, but it is also very low in dander, making it very hypoallergenic.