Teddy bear puppies are growing in popularity. They are considered designer dogs and are high-priced, hybrid dogs bred to display the best characteristics of the original breeds. Teddy bear dogs are calm, gentle, lovable and cuddly, and because of this, they were originally bred for handicapped children.
Teddy bear puppies are a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise. They are also called Zuchons or Shichons.
They are adorable puppies and grow into cute dogs. When fully mature they weight between 8 and 20 lbs., have long flowing, soft fur that is either curly or silky, smashed in faces and large eyes. All colors and patterns are possible.
Zuchons have happy dispositions. They are well mannered, rarely bark, get along well with people and other pets and have a great propensity for learning tricks.
Their fur is hypoallergenic, making them great companions for allergy sufferers. Their hair is easy to groom, and they love baths.
They are loyal dogs with a passion for playing. They like to play with their owners all day and sleep with them all night.