TEACUP TEDDY BEAR PUPPIES
Sometimes called Shichon, Zuchon, Shichon-Teddy Bear, Tzu Frise, BichonTzu, Rag Doll, and Shih-Chon, the Teddy Bear is the result of crossing a Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu. They arrived on the scene in the 1990s, and earned their name for their large eyes and an appearance similar to a teddy bear. This small breed is very affectionate, cheerful, and loyal. Their calmness and gentleness make them great with children, and they get along well with pets. They form deep bonds with their families and even understand your body language. Their sweet faces have a tender look. Teddy bears are happiest in moderately warm climates.
They are loyal and devoted, and they tend to get very attached to their people. They are playful and love to get attention.
This breed is happy, lively, friendly, and sociable. They get along with children as well as other dogs and pets. They want to be a valued family member, and they are meant to live inside with you. They will want to snuggle and sleep with you.
They can be very sensitive and suffer from separation anxiety when they are apart from you. For that reason, it’s important to lavish them with attention and not leave them alone for very long.
They have round heads with furry, floppy ears. They have brown or hazel eyes, black noses, and flat, wide muzzles. Their bodies are sold, and their tails curl over their backs. Their legs and paws are strong.
They have long, flowy fur that can be curly or silky depending on their genes. They are considered hypoallergenic and shed very little, so they can be a good choice for those with allergies. Their coloring is:
- Combinations like black and white
Our Teddy Bears typically weigh between 5 and 15 pounds when fully grown and stand from 6 to 12 inches tall.
They do enjoy daily playtime, and they’ll love a short walk a few times a day. Just 15 to 20 minutes at a time will allow them some fresh air and social time.
Teddy Bears like to play, but they’re just as likely to curl up or sun themselves. They like to swim and will enjoy having access to a small plastic pool.
The Teddy Bear’s small stature make it well suited to condo or apartment living.
This breed is smart, so it’s important to provide plenty of interesting toys to keep them busy and challenge their intellect.
We recommend 30 minutes of activity per day and about 6 miles of walking per week.
Teddy Bears are the result of a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. They were first bred in the 1990s in the United States with the goal of creating a dog that looked like a teddy bear and would make a sweet companion to children and adults alike. Their history isn’t long, but the parent breeds are well-documented.
The Bichon Frise was created in the Mediterranean centuries ago. They were often traded, and that’s how they made their way around the world. In the 1300s the breed became very popular with Italian nobility. France discovered the breed in the 1500s, and they were also treasured there. They made their way to and became popular in the Canary Islands in the 15th and 16th centuries. The 1800s saw a decline in the breed’s popularity, but there were efforts to restabilize the breed after the first World War.
The Shih Tzu breed is one of the oldest known and was favored by Chinese royals and kept at court as far back as the Tang dynasty, 618 to 907. Although we don’t know its exact ancestors, experts believe they are a cross between Tibet’s Lhasa Apso breed and a small Chinese dog like a Pekingese. Shih Tzus became popular with commoners in China during the Ming dynasty, but they almost disappeared during the Chinese Revolution. Somehow seven males and seven females were saved, and all of today’s Shih Tzus are descended from those 14 dogs. They began to appear in other countries and North America in the early 1900s. They were often referred to as Apsos. Clubs recognizing the differences between Shih Tzus and Apsos were not established until 1934 and 1935, but a standard defining the Shih Tzu’s unique characteristics wasn’t established until 1938. World War II veterans returning to the United States brought these vivacious little pups home with them from England. In 1969 Shih Tzus were recognized as a toy breed with the American Kennel Club. They became popular in the U.S. quickly and continue to be popular today.
Major health concerns to be aware of:
- Patellar Luxation
- Canine Hip Dysplasia
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
- Liver Disease
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Teddy Bears need to be combed daily to prevent tangles and uncomfortable mats. They should be bathed and trimmed about every 3 months to keep their fur healthy and attractive. You may need to trim around the eyes in between haircuts to clear their view and prevent infection. Clip their nails a couple of times a month as necessary, and clean their ears with a cotton ball and ear-cleaning solution.
Brush their teeth at least three times a week to remove tartar, though daily is ideal.