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Teddy Bear Breed Information

Teddy Bear puppies are a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Maltese (Teddy Bear Mal-Shi) or a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise (Teddy Bear Shichon). Truly a teddy bear in appearance, the Teddy Bear’s hypoallergenic coat is soft and fluffy and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors which are most commonly white, brown, black, grey and yellow. A designer hybrid, the Teddy Bear dog embodies the small size of the Shih Tzu averaging in weight between 6-14 lbs and height between 9-12 in.  Entertaining and outgoing, cuddly and affectionate, calm temperament and eager to please personality are just some of the many traits that make the Teddy Bear pup a truly wonderful addition to any family.

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Shih Tzu crossed with a Maltese or Bichon ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Independent, Intelligent, Loving, Out-Going, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 6-14 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 9-12 in LIFE SPAN 12-14 yrs

Teddy Bear Characteristics

  • The Teddy Bear is friendly all around – friendly with kids, other pets and strangers
  • Cuddly and warm, the Teddy Bear is an excellent therapy dog
  • Highly adaptable – whether it’s an apartment, a farm or anything in between, the Teddy Bear is known to easily adapt to any living situation
  • The Teddy Bear is best suited for large and small families with or without children, singles and seniors
  • Fully hypoallergenic non-shedding Teddy Bear coat
  • The Teddy Bear is easy to train and loves learning and performing new tricks

Teddy Bear Breeders

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It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising a Teddy Bear puppy properly. Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. Only the nation's best Teddy Bear breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment. The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We directly take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Teddy Bear breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. 

Teddy Bear Appearance

Small in stature, with an average height of 9-12 in and an average weight of 6-14 lbs the Teddy Bear is considered to be a toy dog breed. With its body covered in a soft fluffy coat, a round face with sparkly round eyes, a small precious nose, cute hanging ears and a puffy short tail that curls on its back, it is truly a Teddy Bear. The Teddy Bear coat is hypoallergenic and comes in a variety of colors, most commonly white, brown, black, grey and yellow. It is beneficial for the Teddy Bear to wash trim and brush its coat periodically.

Teddy Bear Temperament

Playful, friendly and gentle, the Teddy Bear loves to play with kids, is an attention seeker and adores spreading joy to the people around it. Always happy, excited and well-mannered with a calm temper and loving personality, the Teddy Bear is easy to train and always eager to learn and perform. When play time is over, its sweet and affectionate Teddy Bear nature takes over and is instantly ready for cuddle time.

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Teddy Bear History

Although the exact origins of the Teddy Bear breed are unknown, we can look back at the history of the Shih Tzu breed, the Maltese breed and the Bichon Frise breed to better understand the designer hybrid breed.

The Shih Tzu, one of Teddy Bear’s parent breeds is said to be one of the oldest of dog breeds and a favorite of emperors. There are cultural depictions of the Shih Tzu dog breed in chinese art dating back to the 6th century. The parent breed of the Teddy Bear is said to be a dog with royal attitude and rightfully so as they were raised to live in palaces and please emperors.

The Maltese breed is said to be part of the canine world aristocracy. A dog of royalty and nobility, the Maltese breed has been represented in paintings, ceramics and literature for centuries. The Maltese dogs are among the most mannered small sized pets, obedient and vigorous but also joyful and playful.

Centuries ago, the Bichon Frise breed was very popular in France and Spain, appearing in royal family portraits in both countries. It is said that during the 16th century, sailors brought the Bichon Frise from Tenerife to Europe where it quickly stole the hearts of court ladies with its affectionate and sweet nature, soon becoming a court favorite. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of dog is a Teddy Bear? Teddy bears are designer dogs, which are the result of two or more breeds. Most commonly, their parents are Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise’s, Shih Tzu and Maltese or Bichon-Poodle mixes.

What are the Teddy Bear breeds? The Teddy Bear breed includes the Zuchon, Pomeranian, Poochon, Shih Poo, Mini Goldendoodle, Maltipoo, MorkieSchnoodle, Cavapoo, Malshi , Cairnoodle, Cockapoo, Westiepoo, Shorkie, Pomapoo, Yorkipoo, Pomchi, Peekapoo and Cavachon.

How big are Teddy Bear dogs? Most Teddy Bear breeds measure between 8 and 12 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 9 to 16 lbs.

What type of coat does the Teddy Bear have? These pups have soft and fluffy coats that have minimal to no shedding. Their hair can be kept long or short depending on the style you are going for.

What is the temperament of the Teddy Bear dog? These breeds are friendly, loving, playful and devoted to their owners. They have the tendency to be needy and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. They have an adventure seeking spirit and are always ready for a new adventure.

What is the lifespan of a Teddy Bear? The average lifespan is between 12 to 18 years.

Are Teddy Bears aggressive? No, they’re not known as an aggressive breed.

What are common health concerns of the Teddy Bear? The most common health concerns of the Teddy Bear Breed include epilepsy, eye issues, hypothyroidism and hip dysplasia.

How much exercise will a Teddy Bear need? Though they are small they still require a bit of exercise. Twice daily short walks in addition to active play like fetch or tug will be enough to keep these little ones healthy.

Are Teddy Bears easy to potty train? Potty training should be a fairly simple process as long as there is consistency with their training. They will need to be taken out often when they are puppies- even during the night.

Are Teddy Bears a good fit for families? They are a wonderful choice for a family pet. These attention seeking pups thrive on love and happiness and don’t like to be left alone. They will quickly attach to all members of the family.

What clubs or organizations are the Teddy Bear’s registered under? They are registered under the American Canine Hybrid Club.

Are Teddy Bear’s smart? These dogs are very intelligent, which makes training fairly easy as they are eager to please and love to be rewarded for good behavior.

Can I register my Teddy Bear with the AKC? No. Currently, the American Kennel Club does not recognize hybrid breeds.

Do Teddy Bear’s need regular grooming? Yes. Teddy Bear’s will need regular scheduled professional grooming appointments every 6 to 8 weeks to keep their coats and skin clean and healthy and nails trimmed.