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Teddy Bear Puppies

Affectionate ~ Independent ~ Intelligent ~ Loving ~ Out-Going ~ Playful

Teddy Bear puppies are 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. Truly a teddy bear in appearance, the Teddy Bear’s hypoallergenic coat is soft and fluffy and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. Teddy Bear puppies are a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Maltese (Teddy Bear Mal-Shi) or a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise (Teddy Bear Shichon). 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.

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BREED INFORMATION

TEDDY BEAR


Temperament

Affectionate, Independent, Intelligent, Loving, Out-Going, Playful

Adult Weight 6-14 lbs
Adult Height 9-12 in
Life Expectancy 12-14 yrs
Rating 5.0 ( reviews)
Maintenance
Low High
Training
Easy Hard
Shedding
Min Max
Adaptability
Easy Hard
Active
Low High

The Teddy Bear is a designer hybrid that was first bred in the year 2000, from crossing a Shih Tzu and a Maltese (Mal-Shi) or in some cases from crossing a Shih Tzu and a Bichon (Shichon). They are quite popular in the United States and are highly sought after from dog breeders.  

Appearance and Grooming

They have round faces with big eyes, small and flat noses, long and droopy ears and a puffy short tail. Partnered with fluffy coats, they resemble little bears. Their fur has different colors, making each of their patterns unique. The colors most common are white, brown, black, grey and yellow. Their fluffy hypoallergenic coats need to be brushed, washed and trimmed periodically.

Temperament

One of the most loyal dog breeds; they are highly affectionate with high levels of obedience. They are recognized for their gentle nature and bark only when they feel the need to alert their owner. This attribute makes them a great selection for a watch dog.

Family and Companionship

This dog will share its love and affection with each member of its family, equally.  Its sociable and friendly nature makes it a great companion for both people and other pets.  These are the perfect pet for a family who always has someone around as they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time- they thrive in the company of others.

Exercise

The Teddy Bear is not a highly active dog therefore a small daily walk along with some indoor play is adequate for their overall health. 

Training and Socialization

This designer breed, although sporty and playful shows traits of stubbornness. They do extremely well at following commands and learning new tricks, as long as the owner is gentle and patient. Like many small breeds they need extra attention when it comes to potty training. Socializing your new puppy at an early age and continuing through adolescence will assure good behavior and maturity into adulthood.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Most Teddy Bear breeds measure between 8 and 12 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 9 to 16 lbs.

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.

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.

The average lifespan is between 12 to 18 years.

No, they’re not known as an aggressive breed.

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

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.

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.

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.

They are registered under the American Canine Hybrid Club.

These dogs are very intelligent, which makes training fairly easy as they are eager to please and love to be rewarded for good behavior.

No. Currently, the American Kennel Club does not recognize hybrid breeds.

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.

REVIEWS

TEDDY BEAR


Date: 3/7/2021
Name: Gracie (Valerie)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Marcia Casey
Loc: Pittsburgh

My wonderful faculty presented me with a check for a puppy when I retired. What wonderful colleagues and friends ! I had been searching several sites and watching for the 'perfect pup' to adopt. When Covid hit, I knew it was time to decide. I chose Premier Pups for their location (about 2 hours from our home) and based on the wonderful reviews of past customers. I was not disappointed. Gracie has been the ray of sunshine during the pandemic. My granddaughter is being taught remotely - which is stressful and isolating. Having a gentle pup to snuggle has been wonderful for her. The process was easy. The staff we worked with were patient, accommodating and so very kind. (And yes - she did become a huge Steelers fan !) Thank you, Premier Pups !! We love our Gracie!

Date: 2/14/2020
Name: Dixiemarie
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Joan reese
Loc: Sunbury, ohio

I bought my puppy two and half years ago. She is the best little dog. Easy to train and absolutely no health problems. I am a widow and she is the light of my life. I wouldn t mind having another one. I am happy with premier pups. My puppies original name was Bonita

Date: 5/26/2021
Name: Gizmo
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Bryle Mintz
Loc: Dallas, Texas

My sweet pup Gizmo arrived on May 20th. He was so scared and frightened. By the 3rd day, you would never know that Gizmo was new to my home!! He runs this place as if this has been his home since birth!! LOL! I introduced him to the rest of the family, my Sister and Nephews, and though he was a bit reluctant, it wasn't long before he was playing with them as if he's known them all his life. Gizmo is a small Bundle of energy and joy!! I Love him soooo much!! He is my precious baby boy forever!!

Date: 1/12/2020
Name: Holly
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Deborah Powell
Loc: California

We absolutely love our little pup. She came home so healthy after the flight and they even had food and water in her kennel. Everything we needed was attached to her kennel and medicine to ensure her smooth transition. Detailed care instructions come a few days before so you’re really prepared. Thanks you so much Premier Pups for giving us our sweet little Holly. We got her yesterday and she has already become the light of our life.

Date: 1/6/2021
Name: Baxter (formally obrien)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Christine
Loc: Eugene, or

I adopted my teddy bear puppy Nov 23rd 2020. My puppy is healthy and happy. I am very happy with my the adoption from Premier Pups. My daughter came to visit on New Years and fell in love with Baxter. I told her how happy I was with my adoption from Premier pups that she adopted a teddy bear pup Ed from premier pups that will be available for her family on Jan 17th!

Date: 7/6/2020
Name: Harley (Tonya) and Lucy (Tiffany)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Todd Sherman
Loc: Radcliff, Ky

We began looking for our new pups after our 14 year old Pomeranian brothers passed several years ago, from the moment we did the research to finally picking them up yesterday the entire staff and process was incredible. Follow up call today to check on them with more care and concern on how they were adapting and if we had any questions. Took them to our Vet today (same one who cared for our poms) and she said the checkup was great with no concerns and they were well cared for during the 8 weeks with no concerns or issues. If you are planning to purchase Pups this is definitely the place. I will continue to refer any of my friends and family.

Date: 7/27/2020
Name: Delilah
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Lynette
Loc: Dallas, TX

We purchased our little Delilah (formerly “Gili”) the day her pic was posted! I was extremely hesitant about purchasing a puppy online! Especially 3.5 weeks before she was actually available! I did a lot of research on Teddy Bear breeds prior to the purchase, and I asked a lot of questions! For instance, I asked what specific breeds were mixed, and I requested pictures of the parents. Our Teddy Bear pup is a Maltese/Shih tzu mix (Malshi). In my opinion, I would expect more information to be automatically given from Premier Pups... especially since a “Teddy Bear” breed is a vague category that includes many mixes... and especially for the price. I asked for an updated video or picture before she was flown out. I was extremely happy to get an adorable video! We ran into a few glitches with her microchip number, and I never received an initial email after purchasing her, only an automatic receipt. The issues were resolved quickly and politely! The employees I spoke to throughout the process were very kind and helpful! I really liked that I could text a question also. Her flight went smoothly, and we immediately fell in love with her! Premier Pups called 2-3 times after we received her to check in! She is now 13 weeks old, has been to the vet twice for check ups, and she is a healthy, happy, growing little puppy! We love our little Malshi! Overall, we’d do it all again to get Delilah! She’s pure joy! My advice to anyone making a puppy purchase is to be proactive in gathering as much information as you can, set up a vet appointment as Premier Pups recommends, evaluate the preventive meds and the needs of your specific pup, and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions! Thank you Premier Pups!

Date: 5/18/2021
Name: Lola
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Claudia Morales
Loc: San Jose,Ca

After searching and searching for a puppy we found our little teddy bear! Lola (formerly Bianca) is just a happy puppy! She adjusted so well to our home and our family. She loves playing outside and also loves to paint! She quickly found a special place in our hearts and on our couch! She loves taking long naps on there! We are so happy we found Premier Pups and are extremely happy with our little LolaBear Premier Pups made the process so easy, always answered all of my questions (of course we were hesitant because it was all done online from across the country!) Im am so glad they were very attentive and checked up on her even after she was home to make sure she was safe, healthy and happy! 10/10 recommended to anyone searching for a new Love Pup!!!

Date: 12/30/2020
Name: Formerly Serenity (Layla)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Rui & Elizabeth Azevedo
Loc: Cumberland, RI

Premier Pups is amazing! I was very hesitant to This whole thing,but a friend highly recommended premier pups and you guys by far exceeded my expectations! Thanks for always being there to answer my questions, the amazing smooth transition and for checking in! Layla (Serenity) completes our family and we couldn't be happier.

Date: 11/29/2020
Name: Yoshi (formally Decker)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Stephanie Packard
Loc: Altamonte Springs, FL

I was so scared to purchase a puppy online and get him shipped to me but the staff at PremierPups put all my worries to rest. From the initial purchase to the flight to checking in to make sure he was ok the staff here are amazing. Yoshi is now 10 months old and my best friend. He is incredibly healthy and well tempered you can just tell how well he was taken care of. I can’t see my life without him now, he is my everything. Thank you to everyone at premier pups who helped me.

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