Teddy Bear Puppies – What Exactly Are they?
If you have always wanted a small but snuggly pet that is also sweet tempered and very smart, a teddy bear puppy might just be the perfect fit for you. Also known as Zuchon or Shichon (a combination of Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu dog breeds), teddy bear puppies are quickly becoming one of the most popular designer cross-breeds in the entire country. But what exactly are teddy-bear puppies? Keep reading to find out.
What are Teddy-Bear Puppies?
These are a relatively new type of dog and have been around since the late 1990’s. The term “Teddy Bear” is most commonly used in descriptions of a cross-breed between a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise. However, it has also been used to describe different hybrids between breeds like: Schnauzers, Shih Tzu, Cocker Spaniels, Toy Poodles, Bichon Frise, Daschunds and Yorkshire Terriers. The Zuchon, Tzu Frise or Shichon has gained the name “Teddy Bear” because of its general resemblance to a stuffed teddy bear, its fluffy coat, small size, large eyes and delicate features. Teddy-bear puppies are extremely loyal pets and really love physical contact. For this reason, it is not unusual for your teddy bear puppy to take a mid-day nap at your feet or on your lap. What’s more they don’t typically bark unless when someone new enters the house for the first time or when they feel there is danger around the house. Additionally, they are soft and cuddly, but they don’t shed much or in most cases, at all. They are also bred not to produce too much dander, a very common allergen. Therefore, most teddy-bear puppies are hypo-allergenic making them ideal for anyone with allergies.
Coat and Colors
The Shih Tzu’s coat is long, thick, floating and doesn’t shed while the Bichon Frise’s coat is curly, non-shedding and tight. On the other hand, teddy-bear puppies can be a mixture of different colors including black, many different shades of brown and white. However, the bichon frise is always white but the Shih Tzu may be in any color.
The Bichon frise is playful, and curious, puppy while the Shih Tzu is charming, outgoing, playful and affectionate. They usually get along very well with other pets (especially other dogs) and are very good with small children and adults too. Most of all, they are not usually one-person puppies, so you can rest assured that your teddy bear puppy will probably adore you and your partner or children equally. Their mild temperament therefore makes them the best companion for just about anyone.
Teddy puppies are generally small but at maturity, the Shih Tzu stands between 8 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder, weighing between 9 and 16 pounds. The bichon frise on the other hand is similarly sized but ranging from 9-12 inches in height. As a matter of fact, no matter which parent your teddy bear puppy particularly takes after, he or she will range from 8 to 12 inches in height when fully grown.
Now that you know exactly what teddy bear puppies are, finding the right teddy bear should be easy. This is because there are thousands of teddy-bear puppies for sale (especially online). Have a good look around this website to learn all there is to know about teddy bear puppies!