Appearance: Zuchon’s have little Teddy bear faces with big beautiful eyes and cute little button noses. Their adorable teddy bear features and sweet cuddly personality continue into adulthood. When fully mature they weight between 7 and 18 lbs. They have long flowing fur that is either soft and curly or sleek and silky. All colors and color combos are possible ie rare chocolate, white chocolate patches, black, black & white patches white, reds, brown, cream, apricot, and brown. With hazel or brown eyes or our rare golden or green eye color.
Definition: Teddy bear puppies are a hybrid cross between the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise. They are also called Zuchon, Shichon, Teddy Bear, Shih-tzu/Bichon, Daisy face, Rag doll. It is said that the American Kennel Club will give the Teddy Bear official recognition as a breed in its own right (to be officially named the Zuchon) after more generations are born and raised.
Disposition: Zuchon's have cuddly, happy go lucky dispositions and love to dazzle and perform for you making them a wonderful choice for all people and various living environments, children and other pets. They are well mannered, rarely bark unless someone at the door and have a great natural propensity for learning and preforming tricks. They always make eye contact and enjoy a good one on one conversation. They are becoming a more and more popular dog because of its cute Teddy bear looks and friendly disposition.
Temperament: The Zuchon is very sociable has an excellent temperament, very cuddly and is very eager to please. They are highly intelligent, lively and spunky but also mushy and affectionate and non-aggressive by nature. They always aim to please making them very easy to teach & train. They love to play and will play all day long with their people and toys.
Description: A Zuchon is a mix of a Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds.
Personality: They are loyal dogs with a passion for playing. They love to engage with their people all day and sleep with them all night.
Training: High train-ability, they are known for their high intelligence and train-ability and are always eager to please their loved ones. They are very responsive to facial expressions and body language, and love nothing more than to spend time close to the people they love.
Activity: Likes an active lifestyle or just being a couch potato whatever you’re into. They are also mellow, calm and cuddly happily matching your mood and activity from day to day.
Life Span: The Zuchon, like most hybrids, tends to outlive its originating breeds the Shih-Tzu & Bichon. The Zuchon can be expected to live 15 to 18 years.
With Children: Being so patient, cuddly and gentle in temperament they are an excellent with children. They pay attention to children of all ages and love to interact make eye contact and play with them creating uniquely special bonds with them to remember for a lifetime. Teddy Bear Zuchon's are calm, gentle, lovable and cuddly, and because of this, they were originally bred as companions for handicapped children. Who needed a cuddly and squeezable dog that would gladly handle hours of snuggling without becoming irritated or nippy.
With Other Pets: They are excellent with other pets of various types.
Eye Color: Hazel or brown or our rare golden or green eye color.
Color: They come in solids, tri-coloring, and bi-coloring in hues of black, black & white patches, white, creams, tans, apricots reds, browns, to the rare chocolate, chocolate & white patches and any combination of these colors.
Health: This breed is very healthy, free from defects of the pure-breeds.
Grooming: Very little grooming is needed if their hair is kept in a low maintenance "teddy bear cut” or "puppy cut" every 3 months. It best represents the Teddy Bear Zuchon's look. Regular combing is recommended it is great for bonding and mat prevention. Regular nail trims and eye trims are all that’s required between trims. As with all dogs regular teeth cleaning and removal of tarter is important for overall health.
Hypoallergenic: Their fur is hypoallergenic, meaning most individuals will not be allergic to them as they may be to other breeds, making them great companions for allergy sufferers. Their hair is easy to groom, and they love baths, gladly jumping in when they are asked to.
Non-Shed Coat: They have non-shedding & hypoallergenic double-coat and their fur that can be kept in styles from short to long. Their fur grows like hair, and keeps growing until its cut and doesn't fall out like fur.
Learning Rate: They have a high learning rate as they inherit the high intelligence of both the Shih-Tzu and the Bichon Frise. This means enjoyable puppy days and easy puppy rearing as they catch on quick to everything they are taught.
Weight: Zuchon's range from 7-18 pounds.
Exercise: Minimal exercise is needed or required. They are well suited to be an indoor dog, but also enjoy outdoor activities such as walks, laying in the sun, playing outdoors on sunny days. They love to swim even as puppies they will run right in so keep an eye on them. They can adapt to long outdoor walks and outdoor activities, but can easily be satisfied with indoor living as well.
Hybrid Vigor: Hybrid vigor is a term describing the breeding of a genetically superior offspring by combining the benefits and not the disadvantages of the originating breeds the Shih-Tzu & the Bichon. Not all cross-bred dogs are necessarily superior to their originating breeds, but delightfully the Zuchon hybrid is superior to both the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu.
Purebred Ancestors: Purebreds commonly have genetic disorders, disadvantages caused by years of inbreeding. The Bichon Frise has been bred since the 14th century in Spain and was a cross between a Barbet Water Spaniel and a Poodle. The Shih-Tzu comes from China and is known to date back at least to the sixteenth century. Cross-breeding the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu results in the Zuchon, which has less chance of inheriting the genetic disadvantages of either originating breed.
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