For most people, one of the main driving forces behind getting a pet is having an adorable friend. Dogs give you an opportunity to love and care for a living creature while teaching the whole family to be more responsible and considerate.
Of course, cuteness plays an important role when you’re choosing a dog, and few breeds are cuter than the canines who’ve been dubbed teddy bear dogs. These little guys look just like stuffed animals, with fuzzy faces and big, wide eyes. Who wouldn’t want a dog that reminds them of their childhood dreams? Read on to discover more about this lovable and endearing breed available from Georgia Puppies.
What Breed Is a Teddy Bear Puppy?
The term teddy bear refers to a bichon frise and shih tzu cross, known as a Zuchon or Shichon (although some other designer dogs are referred to by this moniker too). These cuddly companions were originally bred as therapy dogs to provide companionship for disabled people. As such, their temperaments are loving, gentle and endlessly affectionate. They enjoy cuddles and being close to their owners more than anything.
The difference between Zuchon and Shichon is in name only. These beautiful dogs give the best of both worlds from each breed and as crosses, they have a lower likelihood of health risks than their purebred brethren. They’re intelligent and patient while being charming and cuddly. They’re a particularly popular choice for families with children over the age of 8 and seniors looking for an easy-going companion in their golden years.
These canines are eager to please. Along with their super doggy smarts, this makes them ideal for obedience training. Be sure to focus on positive reinforcement and being firm but fair. Shichon and Zuchon owners will proudly tell you how much these guys love learning new things. From learning tricks to showing off on obstacle courses, this breed can provide you with endless fun and activity.
These stunning dogs have naturally long fur that requires constant care and attention. Unless you have the time and drive to brush and trim your little one on a daily basis, monthly trips to the groomers are recommended. They will carefully cut your dog’s coat so it’s more manageable for you and them. Unless your pet loves to dig in the dirt, this breed only requires bathing once or twice a month. Be sure to trim their nails, clean their ears and stay on top of their dental hygiene.
Caring for Your Teddy Bear Dog
While Shichons are considered low-maintenance dogs with regard to exercise, it’s still important they get a chance to let off steam with a daily game of catch or a short walk. Be mindful of their short legs, however. On hot days, they will tire very quickly, so pay close attention to their body language and don’t let them overexert themselves.
Like all dogs, they need plenty of attention. Make sure you’ve got lots of room in your life for your new pooch, and try to minimize the time they’ll spend alone. They’ll repay you with love and appreciation in abundance.
If you’d like to find out about the available puppies at Georgia Puppies Online, have a look at our adorable Shichons who are ready for adoption.