The Teddy Bear dog got its name because of its appearance. This designer breed covers a number of mixes, from crosses between Pomeranians, Poodles, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzus, and a few others. In general, These are small dogs that are becoming wildly popular as favorite pets. These are adorable dogs, but it's important to remember that just because they're fluffy and cuddly, they still need to be taken care of just like any other animal. While the Teddy Bear isn't a formal breed, the name is widely recognized in dog circles. Of course, various mixes will be distinct from one another, but the primary characterization of of being adorable, tiny, and fluffy crosses all variations.
Continue reading to learn more about Teddy Bears, a mix between the Shih Tzu, Toy Poodle, and/or Bichon Frise dogs (generally) and are also known as the Shichon or Zuchon. Other dogs may fall under the Teddy Bear name, such as the Pomeranian, Teacup Pomeranian, Poochon, and Shih Poo.
Popularity: Somewhat popular.
Trainability: Because these dogs come in a variety of flavors, or breed combinations, it's best to describe them in very general terms. Due to the multiple and creative breed crossings, it's nearly impossible to identify specific characteristics precisely. Instead, it would be better to conservatively rely overall characteristics of the parent breeds in very general terms. Due to the smaller sizes and big personalities of many of the parent breeds, it's likely that your Teddy Bear may bark a lot. It may also be challenging to housebreak. While it's likely that you'll enjoy success with training this dog to learn tricks and obedience commands, it's also likely that you'll encounter some stubbornness along the way.
Size/Weight: Small sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 8-16 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: Many of these designer breeds sprung up in the 1990s and early 200os and have become somewhat of a craze today, due to their cute appearances and fun dispositions.
Energy Level: Most of the parent breeds of the Teddy Bear dog aren't excessively active, so only moderate exercise is required.
Temperament: Good natured, fun and a kick to be around, the Teddy Bear dog is a great family dog and overall pet. Most of these dogs are fine with other animals in the household as well as smaller children. Beware though that socialization for smaller dogs is extremely important, so begin this process when the dog is a small puppy. Barking can become an issue as well as biting of the heels. And along those lines, Small Dog Syndrome can become apparent if this dog isn't trained properly fast enough.
Necessary Space: Most Teddy Bear breeds aren't active enough and are small enough to be fine in small apartment living. Just be sure to walk the dog daily for some fresh air and exercise.
Talents: Teddy Bear dogs are generally bred as lap dog companion animals. They're primarily meant to be the cutest they can possibly be, and that's what they are.
Life Expectancy: 13-18 years.
Group: Not Applicable/Designer Breed.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Teddy Bear puppy and dog: small, tiny, cute, cuddly, friendly, intelligent, somewhat trainable.