Everyone loves a teddy bear. Whether it’s Paddington, Winnie the Pooh or that worn out piece of stuff cloth you now keep in the top of your closet. As children, we relied on Teddy to comfort us, but have you ever wanted to adopt a real-life Teddy Bear? Let’s take a trip into the Hundred Acre Woods and see what adorable small Teddy Bear dog breeds we can find.
10. Toy Poodle – Teddy Bear Dog Breeds
A Poodle, even a Toy Poodle, are probably not the first dog you think of when you think of teddy bears. You might be surprised what a haircut can do. The most common request of groomers is the teddy bear cut – and it works as advertised.
The Poodles non-shedding curls are extremely flexible when it comes to hairstyles.
Poodles aren’t just all about looks either, they are at the top of their class, being ranked as one of the most intelligent dog breeds and are quite eager to please their owners making this small dog breed a delight to train.
9. Shih Tzu
The standard show coat of a Shih Tzu doesn’t really scream Teddy Bear. It’s more of a silky duster with feet. But, when kept in the much more manageable “Teddy Bear cut” the Shih Tzu is transformed into the Teddy Bear of your childhood.
Shih Tzu’s are very lovable, preferring to be close to their human companions. They are docile, friendly and connect with everyone – adults, children, and other dogs, even strangers which is a welcome sight when you’re at your local cafe or in the park. Back at home, they don’t require much space so they can live in a small apartment without any issues. But just remember they love to get outside!
8. Pomeranian – Teddy Bear Dog Breeds
A sometimes overly-confident little fun-loving trouble-maker, the Pomeranian is the star of its own show. The Pom can be described as confident and curious, and they enjoy being treated like a royalty.
These little pups are a perfect accomplice to go on adventures with, they enjoy spending their days following you around and genuinely enjoy new experiences.
The AKC standard Pomeranian has what is known as a fox face with a muzzle a third of the length of the skull. This is the face that has been seen on the Pomeranian for centuries. But, there are two more faces; the slightly shorter-muzzled Baby Doll face and the Teddy Bear face, which has a muzzle length of just one-quarter the length of the skull.
With the teddy bear face, the eyes may be closer to the nose, the cheeks may be fuller, and the body may be more compact.
Another way that one may refer to a Pom as a Teddy Bear has nothing to do with the facial structure at all. Rather, it is a nickname given to this breed when the coat is shaved down. Shaving to look like Boo the Pomeranian is an example of this, a Teddy Bear Cut, much like we see with Toy Poodles.
7. Lhasa Apso
Closely related to the Shih Tzu, the Lhasa Apso was once used to guard royal palaces in Tibet, and carry that proud duty to this day.
Like the Shih Tzu, the look of Teddy Bear is seen more in dogs that are groomed to a Teddy Bear Cut, although there are several other cuts to choose from.
Bred as guard dogs, Lhasas are very independent dogs that take the position of protecting very seriously. Therefore, they can be very unkind to strangers, while fiercely loyal to their family.
6. Yorkshire Terrier – Teddy Bear Dog Breeds
Yorkies are the star of their own show, and they make sure everyone is watching. Yorkies have a lot of personality to show off, and it comes with no small amount of sass.
Yorkies live for companionship and show endless love and trust for their owner. But their owner is the only love in their life, and sometimes no one else is welcome into that relationship.
These are lovable little lap-dogs that love to play and explore and are perfect for singles.
Cockapoos are pure, unconditional love right down to the bone.
Their drive to please their loved ones makes them perfect for first-time dog owners. And while they still need to be groomed often, t his is a very low shedding and quiet breed, making them fit into any home.
4. Maltese – Teddy Bear Dog Breeds
In its show or standard cut, the Maltese looks more like a White Wizard than a teddy bear.
But the dog’s long white fur lends itself to a variety of adorable hairstyles, including a Bob, a puppy cut, and of course a Teddy Bear Cut.
Gentle, Playful and charming, “Ye Ancient Dogge of Malta,” has been sitting in the lap of luxury since the Bible was a work in progress. Today, the breed is an excellent family companion.
The Pekingese is a unique breed originating from ancient China, but even more unique is the breed’s coat which is sometimes groomed into exuberant fashions.
With a teddy bear cut from your groomer, the Pekingese can certainly resemble an adorable childhood toy.
Created as a companion dog for the ruling class in ancient China, the Pekingese is affectionate, loyal and regal in manner, and well it’s just CUTE.
2. Bichon Frise – Teddy Bear Dog Breeds
Cheerful, loving, and a little bit of troublemaker – The Bichon Frise is everything you would want from a real-life teddy bear. They are fiercely intelligent, affectionate, silly, and cuddly.
And they are no stranger to Animal Facts. One might think I’m infatuated with the Bichon based on how often this little dog shows up in my videos.
The Teddy Bear look is, like many dogs on this list, dependent on the haircut. And, the Teddy Bear style suits the Bichon to a tee.
1. Zuchon – The King of the Teddy Bear Dog Breeds
Of all the dogs on this list, number one was the easiest to choose. The Zuchon, also conveniently known as the “Teddy Bear Dog” is a Designer Dog breed; a cross between the aforementioned Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu.
This relatively new breed is also known by the names of Shichon and Teddy Bear Zuchon.
No matter what you call it, this little dog will melt your heart and make a wonderful addition to your family.
Playing and hogging attention is high on their list of priorities, so make sure your Zuchon gets plenty of both. But this breed isn’t all about fun and games – it will also serve as a watchdog, letting you know when someone is at the door. And this is generally the only time when it will bark. Even though the Zuchon is small, it’s not a yappy dog.
Because the Zuchon gets along with everyone, there isn’t a lifestyle this little darling won’t fit into. They rarely bark, are hypo-allergenic, love kids and other animals and can be active or laid back (as the situation calls for). Boasting a happy disposition and a passion for playtime, the Zuchon will be a loving companion for many years to come.
Tell us about your Teddy Bear, either of the stuffed toy variety or your furry companion. We’d like to hear some of your stories.
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