The Zuchon, also known as a Shichon, Tzu Frise, or Teddy Bear, is a cross between a Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu. Zuchon or Teddy Bear puppies have hanging ears, round eyes with mostly curly hair; which is also why they got the name Teddy Bear. Their silky coat is abundant and soft and comes in a variety of colors and combinations of black, silver, tan, white, grey and cream. Some Zuchons are remarkably curly or wavy and will grow long if left unclipped. Zuchons are lovable dogs. They are playful and love attention, making them great companions and playmates. They are fluffy, cuddly, and undeniably cute. Discover more about our Teddy Bear puppies for sale below!
The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics in those breeds. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
The Bichon is a popular choice for families for designer puppies by virtue of its low-shedding coat and loyalty and devotion to their owners. Both of the Zuchon’s pedigree parents, the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise, are bred for companionship so they possess an intuitive understanding of human behavior and will adapt their energy levels and attitude to suit the people it spends most time with. This makes the Teddy Bear a great addition to a multitude of family types.
The Zuchon is a playful, spirited, and well-mannered toy breed. The dog can at times be stubborn, but if you train them well this breed makes a great family pet. They are easy to train and fast learners.
Teddy Bears see themselves as one of the people instead of a dog, which often leads to a tendency to mimic the behavior of their owners, so they can become quite civilized. By introducing basic commands like “sit” at an early age, the owner can lay the groundwork for a sophisticated and obedient dog. This hybrid is also naturally sociable. Give your Teddy Bear plenty of opportunities to charm and meet other dogs. This is important to do as these puppies are so irresistible they tend to draw a constant stream of admiration from passers nearby. Their social personalities also make them very endearing and lovable.
Teddy Bears are known for their devotion to their owner, but they need love and attention in return: this is not a breed that will get along well if left alone for long periods of time. They are sprightly, active little dogs who will never say no to an opportunity to play with enthusiasm. They need a fun and very active owner who can exercise them for at least a half hour every day to keep them fit and healthy.
Teddy Bear dogs and puppies do not shed but they require maintenance with regular grooming. Commonly referred to as hypoallergenic dogs, Zuchons are a top choice of breed for owners with allergy problems although allergic reactions may still occur. The silky coat of a Zuchon will quickly tangle and knot if neglected. They will need frequent brushing. They also have hair that grows all around their eyes that should be wiped every day with a damp cloth to keep the area clean and prevent infections. Also keep up with their dental hygiene, as these smaller breeds can be prone to developing significant tartar deposits. Get your Teddy Bear used to having their teeth brushed and their nails trimmed at an early age and this will be easy to manage.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry
- Designer Breed Registry
Average Weight: 9-12 lbs.
Personality Traits: Friendly, cheerful, playful
Country of Origin: United States
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