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Teddy Bear

History of Breed

The Teddy Bear dog, also known as a Zuchon, is crossbred from Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise parents. A combination of caring, loving, gentle, and quick-witted, this breed is a very well-liked dog. Teddy Bears are a relatively new breed of dog that got its start in the 1990s in the United States. To better understand this breed, you should first understand the origin of its parents. The Shih Tzu is of Chinese origin and was bred for decadent Chinese emperors. This breed is known for its loyal personality and ability to form a strong bond with his family. Due to this they make terrific family pets. The Shih Tzu was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1969 and has been a favorite toy breed of Americans for decades. The Bichon Frise originated on the Canary Islands. They became popular with European royalty sometime in the 13th century. While the French Revolution was taking place, many of these dogs found themselves living homeless on the street. Thanks to their unique trainability and approachable disposition, they quickly gained popularity with street performers who used them to entertain citizen onlookers.

Personality and Temperament

The Teddy Bear breed has a very warm, gentle, affectionate, and outgoing personality. These loving pups received the best qualities of their parents. They have also grown in popularity throughout the world because they do very well with children in the home as well as other pets. This breed is known to form a strong connection with its family in very little time. Their easy-going, trusting attitude and non-aggressive demeanor are why they are cherished by so many people.

Appearance and Grooming

Teddy bear dogs come in several shapes and sizes. They have long, flowing, soft fur that is either ordinarily silky or curly to the touch. Their coats come in a range of beautiful colors such as gray, black, white, tan, and cream. Daily coat brushing is a great way to keep his coat looking and feeling its best. A weekly or bi-weekly bath will keep this dog looking sharp. Never forget to keep nail clipping and teeth cleaning a part of his routine.

Care and Feeding

Teddy Bear pups do best being fed three times a day for the first six months of their life. This early stage in their life is essential for both physical growth and mental development. Proper nutrition is also a crucial part of your puppy’s health, and top-quality food is highly recommended. Making sure that their teeth are properly brushed a minimum of three times each week is important. Keeping up with nail clipping should also be remembered.


Breed Size and Life Expectancy


Interesting Breed Facts


Fact: The Teddy Bear puppy was designed to be great around children, especially those children that have special needs who benefit from a calmer and non-aggressive dog.


Fact: Due to their low-shedding coats, they make great pets for people who suffer from allergies that generally could not own a dog.


Fact: This breed is known for its warm and loving demeanor and makes a great pet for the elderly.


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