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About the Teddy Bear

The Teddy Bear, or also known as the Zuchon or Shichon, is a hybrid breed dog or a designer dog. It is cross between a purebred Bichon Frisé and purebred Shih Tzu.


This small designer dog has an average height of 12 inches and weighing approximately 12 to 14 pounds, fully grown.  The average lifespan is 15 years. It also comes in a variety of colors.  This designer breed does not shed, but requires regular grooming – about every three-months.


This adorable dog is said to have a "great" personality, and it is playful, lively and well-mannered. They are typically social, happy, and gentle.  They make amazing therapy dogs and enjoy being around people.  They do need much attention and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time.  This dog is best suited for families that are home most of the time, or have another pet to socialize with, while you’re gone.  Consistent routines are best for this dog.


They can sometimes be stubborn, but when they are trained well, they are a good family pet – And they are very easy to train with consistency and a predictable schedule.

A Teddy Bear is a Great Dog for You if:
  • You want a non-shedding dog... or

  • If you are allergic to other animals

  • You're not away from home for a long period of time... or

  • You have another pet around to keep your teddy bear puppy company.

  • You have a smaller home... but

  • You still want to take short walks.

  • You don't mind indoor potty training if you don't have an option for outdoor training.

  • You have a pretty consistent daily routine.

A Teddy Bear is a Not a Good Fit for You if:
  • You're looking for a guard dog.

  • You don't want to take your dog to the groomer every two-to-three months.

  • You're hardly every home... and/or

  • You do not have another pet around to keep your teddy bear company.

  • Your daily routine is very sporadic or unpredicable. 

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