Appearance: They are adorable puppies and grow into cute dogs. When fully mature they weight between 5 and 16lbs.
They have long flowing, soft fur that is either curly or silky. All colors and patterns are possible with little Teddy bear faces and large eyes.
Disposition: Zuchon's 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.
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.
Temperament: Excellent temperament, very eager to please; lively and spunky, and well-mannered making them very good with children. They are highly intelligent, affectionate and lively and non aggressive by nature. The Zuchon is sociable, loving people and other pets and loving to please, generally making them easy to train. They love to play and love attention. The Zuchon is alert and will serve as a watchdog, barking if someone is at the door, But not 'yappy" as there needs to be a reason. They are generally quiet inside the house. The Zuchon is an excellent indoor dog, however, some really enjoy going outside for a walk.
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 like to play with their owners all day and sleep with them all night.
Training: High train-ability, they are known for their high intelligence. Always eager to please and are very smart.
We have found them to be extremely smart and easy to train as pups and adults. Litter trained @ 4 weeks being a great example. 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. We have found them to be both active as shown in our family pictures but they are also mellow, calm and cuddly, they match your mood and activity from day to day.
Life Span: The Zuchon, like most hybrids, tends to outlive its originating breeds(Shih-Tzu & Bichon). The Zuchon can be expected to live 15 years or more.
Disposition: Zuchon's 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. They are becoming a more and more popular dog because of its cute Teddy bear looks and friendly disposition.
With Children: Excellent- Since they are to be hypo-allergenic and of a gentle temperament, they are good dogs with children. They pay attention to children, and love to interact and play and make very unique bonds with them. 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 happily put up with hours of snuggling without becoming irritated or nippy.
With Other Pets: excellent with other pets of various types.
Color: Black and white, silver or grays, tan or cream colors and any combination of these colors.
Ours have rare colors, such as chocolate brown, red, apricot, red/apricot, black. In solid coloring, tri coloring, and bi-coloring(2 color patches).
Health: This breed is very healthy, free from defects of the pure-breeds. Over many years with the Zuchon we have found this breed to incredible health wise. Our dogs and puppies have never had any health issues genetic or other wise. Not even the sniffles or a runny nose. The parents have all been fully health tested. The pups are meticulously vet checked before leaving, looking at hearts, organs, joints, knees, eyes, ears, teeth, coat, weight compared against their girth according to their structure, and over all health and development.
Grooming: Brushing your Zuchon is great for bonding, even if its not needed at the time. They even groom each other quite often, its very cute and another form of love affection they display regularly towards one another.
- Very little grooming is needed if their hair is kept in a "teddy bear" cut or "puppy cut" it is very low maintenance. It best represents the Teddy Bear Zuchon's look you and only requires visiting the groomer for a haircut every couple of months. To make it easy on our family's that have one of our dogs I have written out the entire hair cut on our puppy list for you to take to your groomers. This will help keep your Teddy Bear Zuchon looking their best.
- Needs regular grooming, if kept long. longer styles require combing or brushing every few days.
As with all dogs regular teeth cleaning and removal of tarter is important for over all health.
Hypo-allergenic: Their fur is hypoallergenic, 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-shed & hypo allergenic, double-coated, soft 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, hence the non-shed. Its wonderful to be able to have them on couches, beds and upholstery without leaving fur behind on objects and clothes. Their fur comes in a variety of looks like straight and silky, to wavy, super plush and curly patterns.
Learning Rate: They have a high learning rate as they inherit the high intelligence of the Bichon Frise. This means enjoyable puppy days and easy puppy rearing as they catch on quick to all that they are taught.
Weight: Our Zuchon's range from 5-15 pounds.
Exercise: Minimal exercise is needed, they are well suited to be an indoor dog, but also enjoys outdoor activity's such as walks as well. They can adapt to long outdoor walks and playtime, 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 breed(s)(the Shih-Tzu & the Bichon). All cross-bred animals are not necessarily superior to their originating breed(s), but happily 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. The Bichon Frise will commonly have skin allergies while the Shih Tzu commonly has breathing problems and eye problems. While it is possible for the Zuchon to inherit any mix of these traits, it is more likely to suffer from none of these traits. The Zuchon is less likely to have skin allergies than the Bichon Frise. Because the Zuchon inherits a longer nose than the Shih Tzu it is less likely to have breathing problems, and since the Zuchon inherits tear ducts from the Bichon Frise that the Shih Tzu does not have, the Zuchon has a reduced chance of having eye problems.
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