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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: 6/13/2018
Name: Nazra (formerly Raquel)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Devin Hinzo
Loc: Cleveland Heights, OH

Our experience with Premier Pups was pretty fantastic. Nazra is a healthy, energetic, adorable Shih-Poo puppy and we are thankful that PP made her a part of our family! If you are buying a pup and are considering using PP, do it. They offer an amazing level of service. They are not sketchy and are honest and approachable. The instructions for giving medication overwhelmed me a bit, but they talked to me several times on the phone to walk me through the process. She was a hit at the Vet's office, and the doc commented on how healthy she was. Although I want our next dog to be a rescue, PP does such an amazing job with their pups and level of service I'm tempted to get another puppy through them! Thank you to PP, and to the breeder of this Shih-Poo. We are so happy to have her in our lives.

Date: 10/2/2016
Name: Alex
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Denise O'Connor
Loc: Mooresville, NC

We are so in love with our Teddy Bear dog. He is super smart, sweet, and loving. We named him Alexander, after Axelander Hamilton. It's a big name for a small dog, but he lives up to it. Alexander is now seven months old. He was super easy to house train.

Date: 11/16/2019
Name: Tucker (Sosa)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: A. M.
Loc: Niceville, FL

what a doll Tucker is! he has added SO MUCH FUN to our family! buying online seemed so strange and scary, but every contact we had with Premier increased our confidence a little bit - then when we finally went for it we were scared all over again. HOWEVER, it ended up being a FANTASTIC experience. I was kept informed all day on his "fly home" day. He showed up on his plane and was safely packed into his little carrier. He came supplied with tons of stuff to help ensure he got settled easily and stayed healthy. Premier reached out multiple times during that first week+ to check on him and see if we had any questions or concerns. He was well taken care of before we got him and has the sweetest temperament and the cutest personality. He looked just like his profile pic from the site (THAT was a big fear of ours -- ordering just based on a picture -- but he was just the same as his picture showed. yay!!) He was a surprise for our 9 yr old. After having him for a day or so, she declared that her "life is now complete!". lol. Now, after going through the process, I would CONFIDENTLY RECOMMEND Premier and we would ABSOLUTELY use them again if we decided to add another baby to our family!

Date: 4/29/2018
Name: Pearl (Now Primrose)
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Brittney Lewis
Loc: Columbus, OH

We have had Prim now for a month and we have completely fallen in love with her. Never thought I could love a puppy so much! She has been such a wonderful first pet and she has no issues at all. I loved the whole process with premier. It was quick and super easy. They were very friendly and informative! I would definitely recommend them and I will definitely purchase another pup with them!

Date: 7/24/2016
Name: Charlie Blue
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Leemor
Loc: New York, NY

I was so skeptical to buy a puppy online without even meeting him before the purchase. I researched the breeder and spoke to Premier Puppies over the phone. I also researched the breed to see if it would be a good fit for my lifestyle. After speaking with them over the phone and asking a lot of questions, I felt more comfortable with the purchase and decided to go through with it. I have had Charlie Blue for almost 4 months and I couldn't be happier. He is the sweetest, smartest, adaptable little thing, with great energy, and I get a lot of compliments all the time! Couldn't be happier with my purchase and couldn't imagine life now without him.

Date: 10/29/2019
Name: Harper
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Breno Lemos
Loc: St. John’s FL

Harper has being amazing! Healthy puppy and very smart. Would definitely buy again from premierpups. She’s a great addition to my family!

Date: 5/10/2021
Name: Lucy
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Judy Robinson
Loc: Saint Charles, Mo

My Lucy will be one year old this week. She has added so much happiness to my life. I drove to Premier Pups from St. Charles, Missouri and picked her up on my birthday. We bonded the whole way back and she has settled in great. I take her once or twice a week to Doggie Daycare where she is their favorite puppy. She has made several doggie friends also. Some that are her same breed and looks like her. Premier Pups did exactly what they said they would do during my entire purchase. They sent me updated photos while she was growing til the time I got to get her. They also called for several weeks to check on her. I would highly recommend this dog breeder for your next little one.

Date: 8/9/2020
Name: Niko
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Yona hector
Loc: Tampa fl

I got Niko (formerly Bart) 09/28/2019. He’s one years old now and the best descision made in purchasing him. Niko is extremely active, playful, lovable, and affectionate. He’s so awesome!

Date: 2/14/2020
Name: Bentley-was Kelso
Breed: Teddy Bear
Client: Lisa McMinn
Loc: Pittsburgh, Pa

Bentley is the perfect pet. Very loyal and loving. We have not had a dog in our family in over 30 years so it was a big adjustment for us. Premier Pups has been absolutely fantastic. I have called several times before purchasing the pup and after. They are wonderful. I would highly recommend them. Their pups are top of the line.

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.

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