How do you find teddy bear dogs for adoption?


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To find teddy bear dogs for adoption, search local animal shelters or pet listings on sites such as Craigslist. If they are unavailable for adoption, use a site such as Mini Teddy Bear Puppies to find a breeder in the nearby area.

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"Teddy bear dogs" is a nickname for several designer dog breeds. Dogs in this category are Shih Tzus mixed with Poodles, or the Shih Poo; Bichon Frises mixed with Toy Poodles, or the Poochon; and Bichon Frises mixed with Shih Tzus, otherwise known as Zuchons. They are dogs of small stature, standing about 12 inches and weighing 12 to 14 pounds. Teddy bear dogs live anywhere from 12 to 16 years and commonly have hypoallergenic coats and pleasant demeanors.

Teddy bear dogs require regular grooming to keep their fur free from matting, and owners should brush their coats daily. While they generally do not shed, a grooming routine can include clipping the fur into a short cut known as the puppy cut. Grooming routines for teddy bear breeds also include brushing their teeth, cleaning their ears and trimming their nails.

Teddy bear dogs are not particularly active, but they do require daily walks and stimulating play. They are highly intelligent and follow commands easily. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to housebreak.

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