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Breed Info: Teddy Bear Dogs and Puppies

Belinda absolutely loves dogs. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for different dog breeds.

Learn about the Teddy Bear (Zuchon) dog breed, which is a mix of the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise.

Learn about the Teddy Bear (Zuchon) dog breed, which is a mix of the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise.

What Is A Teddy Bear Dog?

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.
Teddy Bear dogs are eager to please.

Teddy Bear dogs are eager to please.


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 its 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.

6-Week-Old Teddy Bear Puppies

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Melanie on June 14, 2020:

This is not a "breed". This is a mix of several dogs to create a cute dog. Please stop calling these dogs a "breed". They are adorable. They will never be an AKC recognized dog because they are not created with any standards.

Lisa Pace on June 05, 2020:

Myself and daughter need hypoallergenic dog. Interested in 1-2 yr old teddy bear dog

Sabra Lacy on June 05, 2020:

We have two 4-year old male Teddy Bear Breed. They are so lovable One of them barks a lot. He gets hysterical when he sees a cat. he rips up throws rips holes in sofa but then he is so loveable afterwards. I have tried spraying water and other things but nothing stops him. He minds me when there are no cats

Is there anything else I should be doing

evelyn on April 28, 2020:

Have a teddy bear breed dog and her name is Piper

Rick on October 16, 2019:

Just wondering.. jow many pups do teddy bear moms have?

Debbie on December 17, 2018:

I brought my teddy bear home in June. Chloe is now eight months old. She’s been house trained for 2 months, sleeps with me every night. I have never had a dog that I absolutely enjoy so much. She is the best companion ever!

Amanda on September 24, 2018:

My boyfriend and I received our teddy on Christmas of 2017. I have trouble with severe anxiety and let me just say he brightens my day! I’ve never had a dog that has been as sweet as him. I have found a true companion. Make sure to spend all your free time with them as this breed needs lots of love and affection. He gets along with our big dogs and little amazingly. Would never bite a soul and I could go on and on.

Squatty on July 26, 2018:

I’ve had great luck with pet carriers. After everything was done outside, I would fill the water cup that comes with the carrier, put a towel on the floor of the carrier, add a chew bone, dog & went to work. For me, I’ve found coming straight home letting my puppy out. In about 2-3 weeks he/she is basically trained (needing a few tweaks). I hope this helps.

Sullyteach on November 29, 2017:

In August I bought a 12 week old teddy bear. Delilah is spunky, loving, and adorable. She is now 7months old however, and still being potty trained! She will not notify me with a bark,a nudge, or any other way that she needs to go. I've tried everything- a bell, leash training hourly, verbal prompt. Please tell me this is normal and I can still hope for success! Any similar experiences out there?

David Powell on April 22, 2017:

I just bought a Teddy Bear, 4 months old, "house broken and crate trained". He went into his new crate without hesitation. No barking or whining during the night. But in the am, I found him quietly in the cage sitting among vomit, feces and urine. After feeding, he immediately threw up. What to do?

Suzie Champlin upstate New York. on February 25, 2017:

We have two Teddybear dogs and we love them so very much. Our oldest Teddybear 'Shelby" is now 8 years old and the baby 'Skylar" is now 2 years old. Our two lovely teddybear dogs are the most adorable lovable lapdogs. We have been blessed with these two most amazing dogs and are more than happy with them. They are so adaptable to most situations, They play together great. They entertain my husband and myself by wrestling with each other as well as just cuddling when they decide to nap. They literally sleep together in a dog bed during the day and at night they sleep with us. They truly have brought us some much happiness and joy. The sweetest loving most amazing dogs ever. Definitely a great family dog. If you are looking for love and unconditional love these dogs are for you.

karen on February 12, 2017:

I've had one before they are awesome!

Debbie Hamilton on February 03, 2017:

I have a teddy femal looking for a male to breed her with!

Please email me at


Mary on January 17, 2017:

I absolutely adore my 9 yr old teddy. I will be lost when her time comes. She knows all kind of tricks, only barks when there's a stranger near and loves to cuddle.

Chloe on October 16, 2016:

My teddy bear is so kind and sweet! When I get home he "tackles" me. Sadly, he was born in a puppy mill. He was born lame and they did nothing! Whenever the doorbell rings, he barks like mad. I think I'm going to tell my friends to just knock.

BigMistakeTeddyBear on May 25, 2016:

Make certain you have a LOT of time to give to training and constant companionship for this breed because they cant do well without constant human companionship. My mother moved in a year ago and she has one that is 4 yrs old and she a terror. She is yappy, jumpy, clingy, barks at me whenever I move from anywhere in the house, and she is in constant need to play as she has tons of energy. Neither of us can give her the playtime she requires to wear her out. She hates being outside, away from mom, she will whine and cry until she is with her again. I have a very well mannered Boxer and small Terrier and they and they are at their wits end as to how to take this little dog.

My poor Boxer has aged 5 years in past year what with all the yelling my mom has to do at the little dog, "NO" "NO" "NO" all day every day!

My dogs are use to peace and quit with me! I have never ever yelled at them, EVER! My Boxer will come and look at me with those worry wrinkles on her forehead, as if to say, "What is all the yelling about, did I do something wrong?" I have to constantly reassure her that she is fine, she is a good dog.

Do yourself a favor get a different breed. Not the designer inbred Teddy Bear.

Patty L on March 29, 2016:

We lost our Bichon Frise back in December 2015. It was very sad for our family specially for my kids. I have a 13,11 year old boys and 4 yea old girl. We did not wanted to get another Dog but our princess will talk about Whittey all the time and was asking for us to bring him home. So a month ago we went to look and saw our 1st Teddy bear and got her. we named her Moka and we are in love. She is 3 months now and is so loving and when we look into her eyes is like we see our whittey. her colors are GLD,BLK,MSK and she has a touch of white on her because of this we know our whittey is happy for us and we will never forget him. RIP. Whittey. But we leave in Miramar, Florida and in the future will like to breed her. she is just Beautiful

Greg E on March 24, 2016:

We have had our Teddy for 9 months now..... as all the comments indicate... you will not find a more loving addition to your family. She wants to be with her people 100% of the time... Loves to play fetch, hide and seek, tug of war, go for walks, go by-by, or just lay on your lap. I can't imagine a better companion or friend.. makes everyday a joyful one!!! =)

Dawn Burke on January 13, 2016:

4 months ago I adopted our teddy bear- he is adorable, sweet, loving

and very obedient. It was a match made in heaven. I have always had

big dogs and never really liked small dogs. But this one has totally

changed my mind! He is super smart and very eager to please. I am

sure he is bichon and shi tzu according to research on w/on line photos.

Thanks for the great info and helping me i.d. his ancestory!

Dana Hitchens on August 30, 2015:

This is a really good article about the teddy bear breed. If you are truly interested in teddy bear puppies I have a whole website dedicated to the breed. See Thanks for promoting such an adorable and loving species. These dogs are absolutely wonderful and I am not just saying that lightly, I truly know it!

Rosemarie on February 28, 2015:

Where can I get a Teddy Bear Dog please help

Not Impressed on July 31, 2014:

From my experience, this breed is not intelligent, "less vocal" or easily trained. Buyer be warned.

Jim Johnson on February 07, 2014:

I have had 3 dogs in my life, and by far my Tedi bear Spike,who is half Shitzu and half Bishon is the best of the three. He is a great watch dog.He barks a lot, but he's a great dog.loves kids,very playful, and obedient.

riley on January 14, 2014:

hi bob

Colin on November 29, 2013:

We are considering buying one of these adorable dogs, We have just recently lost our Boxer, she was wonderful, so we want a completely different dog. But my only query is, are you able to leave them alone for long periods occasionally.

Beth on November 12, 2013: