The teddy bear dog is a new breed of “designer dog” that was 1st presented at the begin of the new millenium. Also known as the Zuchon or Shuchon, this dog has gained its place as one of the cutest companion dogs. Officially a mixed breed, Teddy Bear puppies are cross bread from Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise parents. It is said that the American Kennel Club will give the Teddy Bear formal identification as a breed in its own right after more generations are born and brought up.
The search for cuddly partner dogs has seen the reputation of teddy bear puppies skyrocket all over the United States and other countries. So just what makes this developer breed so popular? Let’s investigate some of this dog’s qualities.
Teddy bear puppies are tiny in stature, and remain small even into adulthood, growing to a height of around 12 inches. They weight 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 circular faces with squashed muzzles and large, endearing eyes, earning them their name. They also have medium length droopy ears and short, fluffy tails.
Their coat can come in almost any color, giving each dog its own originality that isn’t usually seen in other partner breeds such as the Bichon Frise.
Like any dog breed, teddy bear puppies will develop their own behaviours based on their childhood, including factors like socialization, training and environment. Usually though, the breed has been designed to posess the following temperamental traits:
They are eager to be sure to and intelligent, making them ideal to train.
This breed loves the company of their human pack, unlike some of the more separate small dog breeds.
Teddy bear dogs tend to be less vocal than other little dogs. They will still let you know if there’s a guest, but they aren’t generally nuisance barkers.
Wellness and Care
Teddy bear dogs are fairly healthy compared to their purebred ancestors. This is partly due to the inherited diversity of being a mixed breed, but also due to its small size.
Teddy bear puppies are brachycephalic dogs, which mean that inhaling problems or level of sensitivity to high temperatures may be an issue.
Cleaning the dog’s ears on a semi-regular base may be needed to prevent a buildup of grime and dirt.
It is essential not to neglect this dog’s coat. Regular brushing and the occasional trim are needed to keep this breed’s coat in top form. A neglected coat can become matted, leading to hurtful hot-spots on your dog.
For families with allergic reactions, 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.