What Is the Proper Name for the Teddy Bear Dog Breed?

The teddy bear breed is a designer breed also known as the shichon or zuchon. The breed was first introduced at the start of the millennium and is gaining in popularity.

The shichon is a cross between a shih tzu and a bichon frise, although some are shih tzu poodle mixes. They are small dogs that are perfect for those suffering from allergies because they are a hypoallergenic breed.

Breeding two different dog breeds together often gets rid of many health issues common to those breeds while introducing personality traits owners may find desirable. However, owners should be wary of purchasing a puppy from a breeder who claims the dog will be a "teacup." Shichons should weigh between 8 and 16 pounds when full grown, but they will often retain a puppy-like appearance into adulthood.