7 Things to Know Before You Buy Your Teddy Bear Puppy

What to expect from a Teddy Bear Puppy

(Updated August 2019)

Ok, now that you have spent countless hours looking at pictures on Google images, researched every local breeder, and watched numerous YouTube videos of adorable Teddy’s bouncing through the grass, you think you are ready to take the plunge into Teddy Bear puppy ownership!  However, before you go on a PetCo shopping-spree trying to prepare for the arrival of your little bundle of fur, here are seven things you should know about Teddy’s BEFORE you decide to buy.

1.    Teddy Bear Puppies are NEEDY

Buddy is a needy puppyTeddy bears are typically a cross-breed between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu, both of which are extremely devoted companion dogs.  Combining these two breeds seems to have formed a type of “Super Companion” dog that is the most loyal and loving dog in the world.  One of the greatest things about Teddy Bears is how much love and dedication they will show you.  When you have your own Teddy, you will know without a doubt that you are their best friend in the whole world, and there is nothing they would rather do than spend every waking second with you.  This “super ego-boost” will be adorable for the first couple months of ownership, and you will have no problem dropping whatever it is you are doing to roll around on the floor and play with your little pup.  However, after the 180th time that your little guy wants to play “underwear-tug-of-war” during your favorite TV show, or while you are busy writing e-mails, you will wish that your puppy would just develop an independent hobby.

Don’t worry, this will not mean you love your little guy any less, it just means you are a normal human that needs alone time once in a while, not a super-dog with an unlimited capacity to chew dirty laundry.

2.       Teddy’s need lots of exercise

Fortunately, your puppy will be small and will sleep A LOT the first couple of months; this means that you can wear him out by rolling around on the floor a few minutes or playing “chase me around the furniture” a few times.  As they grow older, and bigger, they will seem to have an endless amount of energy and will be “Christmas-morning” excited every time you even walk near the front door.   You will need to take them outside and allow them to explore and run around at least once a day (but they would prefer four or five times).  I have a theory that our little Teddy’s idea of heaven is running around outside 12 hours a day, sleeping on my lap for 11 ½ hours, and licking the dirty dishes in the dishwasher for the other 30 minutes.

3.       Potty training your Teddy will take several months

I thought potty training would be E-A-S-Y.  I said to myself: “Don’t worry; you are going to be such a good teacher that your little guy will be completely trained by the end of the week.  In fact, you are going to be so ‘on top of it’ that he’ll probably even pop up on his two hind legs and pee right in the toilet just to earn your respect and admiration.”

Reality check time.  Potty training is H-A-R-D.  Just when you think your little guy has it all figured out, he relapses and poops right under your bed.  Plan on potty training taking at least 2 months to get any consistency, and 5-6 months before you stop having to worry about accidents.  But just like anything else, if you work really hard at it, it will happen sooner or later.

4.  You’ll need plenty of chew toys during teething

It’s pretty surprising to see your puppy chewing on something small and hard, only to find out that it is one of his baby teeth that has fallen out!  Once a Teddy is 4-6 months old they will start teething and it will be necessary to invest in some chew-toys if you don’t want your wooden furniture to look like you bought it second hand from a family of hungry Beavers.

One thing that our Vet recommended and really helped our little guy during the teething process was buying a frozen “knucklebone” that he could chew on a couple of times a day.  It was a lifesaver and occupied him for a good 30 minutes twice a day. You can buy them at your local butcher or grocery meat counter.   Just be sure to store them in a zip-lock bag and re-freeze them immediately after your pup is done.  Each bone lasted us about 2-3 weeks before you would want to replace them.

Other than knucklebones, there are plenty of other chew toys that you could get your Teddy Bear puppy.  However, most of the “non-edible” chew toys made of fabrics, plastics, and cloth did not hold his attention long and he lost interest in them after only a couple hours.  The chew toys that he would stick with the longest were the organic, edible, toys: raw-hide bones, knee caps, bully sticks, or anything else with flavor that took a LONG time to chew down.  

5.       You will need to invest in a retractable dog leash

Puppy running in the snow

Unless you live in the country, with lots of wide-open spaces and no traffic, then be prepared for the biggest fear in your life to change to “Puppy running into the road”.

As mentioned in item #2, you are going to have to take your Teddy outside to run around nearly every day.  For the first couple of months your puppy will be a slow and awkward runner, you won’t have to worry about him “out-hopping” you.  You’ll be able to let him wander around, as long as you stay between him and the road.  Then one day your puppy will seem to have morphed into an Olympic level sprinter whose favorite new game is: “You can’t catch me!”  It’s at this point that you will want to invest in a retractable leash.

With Teddy’s, a retractable leash is much preferable to a traditional leash because of the amount of running your Teddy will want to do.  These types of dogs aren’t traditional walkers, they want to run as fast and as far as their stubby little legs will take them.  Having a retractable leash means that you will spend 90% less time during your runs untangling the leash from your Teddy’s feet.  Until you have untangled a leash 35 times during a 10-minute walk, it’s hard to really know how valuable a retractable leash is.

You don’t need to go overboard and get a monster leash designed for large dogs, but you also won’t want to get the smallest size either.  Teddy’s have a tendency to forget they are on a leash and run full-speed until the line runs out and they are yanked backward into reality.  I recommend getting one of the retractable leashes designed for dogs up to 26 lbs.  It will be more than strong enough to handle your little guy and you won’t ever have to worry about it breaking while on a walk.

6.       Don’t be afraid of breaking your Teddy

The first few weeks my wife and I were so afraid of hurting our little guy that one of the biggest arguments of our marriage was when I taught him to jump off of the 24-inch couch.  We treated our puppy like he would break a bone of you hugged him too hard.  It took us about 3 months before we realized that these dogs are basically indestructible.

Now, let’s be clear, I don’t mean that you should attempt in any way to hurt or harm your dog, or even put him in any potentially dangerous situation based on my advice.  I simply mean that these dogs are a lot tougher and more durable than they look.  In fact, they were originally bred as therapy dogs to be used for individuals with disabilities.  They made perfect pets not only because of their extreme loyalty and companionship but also because they have softer bones which won’t break as easily as other dog breeds.  In fact, I once inadvertently lifted my dining room chair leg up and sat it down right on Buddy’s paw (and I am not a light guy!). I felt terrible and my wife was sure that he was going to need life-saving foot surgery.  He ending up walking gingerly for a day but was back to running around like normal within 24 hours.

It’s ordinary to be concerned about accidentally hurting your puppy, but don’t worry too much, Teddy’s are pretty tough.

7.        Prepare yourself to love them more than you ever thought you could love a dog

cute puppy sleepingThere is something about Teddy Bears, and many dog breeds, which strikes a chord with the human heart.  Their level of devotion, companionship, unwavering love and happiness all make it virtually impossible not to love them.  One of the greatest feelings in the world is seeing the excitement in your little guy’s eyes when you walk in the door after being gone all day.  They make you feel like the most important person in the world every time you come home.  

It is possible to love your Teddy too much though!  Don’t obsess about their safety, check their breathing every 5 minutes during their nap, or call your neighbors to check on them when you are out.  They will be fine! 

Treat your Teddy right, and you will have a best friend for the rest of their lives.  And don’t be surprised when you find yourself talking to them in a baby voice or letting them lick your face!  It’s hard to say no when you feel so much love for your pup!

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  • Isobel
    February 26, 2014, 9:19 pm

    Brilliant article for anyone getting a shichon/ teddy bear pup…I got my Brucie

  • crystal
    May 28, 2014, 9:49 pm

    I have one!! she is the light of my life!!!

  • krystal russell
    September 1, 2014, 2:44 pm

    hi i was wondering if u could recommend a place in Michigan where I could purchase a teddybear for my family…

  • Heather
    September 21, 2014, 11:07 am

    You have just described my yorkie! All 7 of these are absolutely true on my yorkie. I have had him for8 years now and have gone through everything you have described.

  • E
    October 22, 2014, 6:04 am

    This describes my little Emma exactly! She is 10 months old and I just love her more than I ever though I would. I’ve become that crazy dog mom. 🙂 She is currently resting up for another long day of taking naps while wedged into tight places, chewing her Nylabone, sprinting around the apartment, and begging for food. Awesome article! I would tell anyone who is thinking of getting a teddy bear to read this.

  • April 21, 2015, 4:02 am

    I love teddies! They’re so cute, but my family is still debating whether or not we should get one.

    • Ruth
      May 17, 2016, 1:53 am

      I hope you got a Teddy, you will NEVER regret it! Best wishes in your search.

  • May 25, 2015, 8:24 pm

    I really really really really want a teddy bear dog thanks so much for giving me some tips before I buy one.

  • ane g.
    October 1, 2015, 7:12 am

    I’ve had a shih tzu & currently a 15yrs old bichon. I love both breeds so when I heard about this breed I knew I had to have one???? We’ve had her since she was eight wks. She’s now two yrs & has brought so much joy & happiness to our home. We are now searching for another one to be a companion, but as anyone ķnows who has one,a good Teddy Bear puppy is very hard to find. It took us @ least a year to find a healthy, well bred puppy.
    Any good reputable breeders in the Pittsburgh & surrounding areas who have healthy litters for sell

    • Wendy Gates
      October 21, 2016, 5:09 am

      I looked for years! It seemed that every so called breeder was a puppy mill front. Finally found my Gus from a breeder near Punxsutawney. She was a little nutty, but not Amish. Gus was socialized and everything checked out. He was the best decision I ever made…. and I have 3 kids lol. I have her info if you are still interested. I’m just north of Pittsburgh, so the drive wasn’t terrible and totally worth it.

      • anita
        January 17, 2018, 4:41 am

        Where in punch we have friends there . Looking for this breed!

      • Merrie Samilow
        January 6, 2019, 4:25 pm

        Can you please share the breeder information

  • Brenda
    October 22, 2015, 1:24 am

    I have a teddybear.. Her name is Sydney n u described her perfectly I love her more than I ever thought I would. I can’t wait to get home to her everyday n I miss her so much through the day n I’m pretty sure she misses me just as much????

  • Lorna
    November 18, 2015, 11:12 am

    Hi, I have a 12.5 month old Teddy Bear who is very agressive we it me. He bites my hands even tho I ball up my hand, or make limp hands, make high pitched bark. I’ve tried time out in small gated room for several minutes, holding him down at neck and waiting for him to divert his eyes (he doesn’t do that so much), muzzling his mouth with my hand. When he’s in that mood nothing seems to work. It’s usually at night before bed, but lately it has been in am as well. Any other tips would be appreciated. BTW when he is not doing this, he is sitting on my lap chewing a deer antler, or bringing me toys to throw.

    • Jaden
      February 26, 2018, 5:01 am

      Are things better now? I know you wrote this a while ago. I was just wondering if it’s gotten any better ❤️

  • dawn smith
    November 29, 2015, 11:49 pm

    Loved your article about teddy bear pulpies. Have had mine 1 day. And already see what your talking about!

  • Pamela
    December 21, 2015, 5:04 pm

    Our family just got a Teddy Bear last week and we are SO IN LOVE!
    Wonderful breed! This article has me a little concerned about keeping up with him, but we will!

  • Nala
    March 2, 2016, 5:15 am

    This article is brilliant! Nala is about a year and a half and we have had her since she was 12 weeks. The energy and running around comment made me actually lol as it is incredibly accurate. Every item on the list is spot on though. I couldn’t imagine having another type of dog we are actually thinking of getting another teddy. I would add as a helpful comment to all new owners that anything on the ground that fits in those little jaws is fair game so make sure those lightning cords are put out of reach!

  • Tammy
    April 21, 2016, 10:55 am

    You have described my dog, Snowball!! He’s a Bichon and everything on your list except the potty training. He picked up on that right away!! He’s by my side everywhere we go, very loyal to me!! I bought him for my sons, but he is my dog! He’s 5 and we walk everyday. He goes with me in my golf cart everywhere!! I feel guilty leaving him. I was thinking of getting another dog to keep him company, but I think he will get jealous!!

    • Mary
      September 5, 2020, 8:10 pm

      Would likecyobhave one very small dog , how I go about?
      Please do use my email

  • May 13, 2016, 4:04 pm

    I can tell you first hand teddy bears are more than a pet… I just recently lost my Coco she was my world she was 5 and I am devastated my life is not the same. The love I shared with her was out of this world teddy bears my Coco are the best dogs anyone could ever ask for!! I feel like I lost my child because that’s what they are and they make it that way so if your prepared to have another baby or your first (so to speak) Teddy Bears are the perfect choice

  • Mike S
    May 15, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Love our reddy bear. Potty trained in 2 days. We have a doggie door and a fenced yard. Will not eat people food. Will not go out the front door without a leash and permission. Loves the motorhome. The only problem with him is that he doesn’t like to eat.

    • September 6, 2019, 8:00 pm

      Our shih tzu didn’t like to eat. We tried everything. We finally found a very low fat can food and would boil chicken. Even though it was a hassle he thrived on it and lived to be 19 years old. It seemed the fat content in his food would upset his tummy so he didn’t like to eat.

  • Ruth
    May 17, 2016, 1:49 am

    I got my Teddy, Tripp Brodie on March 17, 2013, he is my joy, right next to my grandchildren!! I don’t agree with the statement that the Teddies are harder to potty train… my Tripp camp home on St. Patrick’s day and was 100% housebroken by May (we used bells on the door, he has now decided that he likes to bring a ball and drop it in our lap, then we ask him if he needs to go out and he goes and rings his bells).They are high energy but he will play for hours while I am working from home. He is more social than any dog I have ever experienced, we travel with him frequently and never has he had an accident in a hotel or visiting friends. Tripp is 9 lbs but not tiny, his bone structure is small. His best friend is my best friend’s 110 lb Doberman. He doesn’t realize he is little. He is a jumper, big jumper. He is friendly with everyone he meets and loving beyond words! Tripp is a trip and a Blessing!!!♡♡♡♡♡

  • Susan
    June 25, 2016, 2:40 pm

    OMG I have had a Teddy Bear for 2 months now and this article is spot on. He is indeed the most lovable dog in the whole world.

  • Janet Ledford
    August 27, 2016, 1:12 am

    Get a long line, not a flexi leash.

  • tisha colston
    September 12, 2016, 1:51 pm

    how much you feed a teddy bear dog

  • Reba Clevenger
    September 28, 2016, 10:16 am

    Hello. I want a teddy so bad. I have a cavapoo now, how well do they play with other dogs? Also what is the normal adult weight and size? I appreciate all the info on teddy’s. I hope I can get one.

  • Denise Riley
    September 29, 2016, 1:25 am

    I loved the article, it was a good read. Is there a breeder in North Carolina?

    • January 28, 2018, 7:29 pm

      I live inOrmond Beach. Do you have names of breeders near Daytona? And can you please tell me the cost of the teddy bear dog?

      Thanks Pauline

    • D
      November 5, 2018, 2:55 pm

      Happy tails in Oak Ridge NC

    September 30, 2016, 9:57 pm


  • Jane
    October 9, 2016, 8:02 pm

    I am looking for a teddy bear puppy. I live in Florida does anyone know of any breeder in the area ?

  • a l
    November 10, 2016, 4:20 pm

    umm thats my dog dude!! wtff

  • Linda boudreaux
    November 10, 2016, 5:06 pm

    I am interested in a teddy bear puppy!di you have any available? Where are you ? I am in Laplace, la please what is your price for a female?

  • Nakia underdue
    December 11, 2016, 1:23 am

    Hi I’m looking for an teddy bear dog or teacup dog for my son he has several mental health issues he loves dogs they seem to calm him down he was diagnosed with ADHD OCD mood disorder Asperger’s autism. I know he will love to have an dog if you can help me find one. Thank you

  • Jim Del Guercio
    December 3, 2017, 1:17 pm

    I am interested in a teddy bear or a Maltese poodle preferably black and one doesn’t get over 7 pounds and a breeder in New Jersey

  • EILEEN Gantman
    December 11, 2017, 5:18 pm

    I am looking for a small breed that is lovable, non shedding and not a barker.
    Is the Teddy bear the perfect baby for me.

  • Wanda DeJesus
    December 12, 2017, 4:52 am

    I just got a teddy bear dog like two weeks ago she’s 1 mon and 2 weeks old my nephew’s dog had pups and I bought one now I got her home with me I love her so much and she is so intelligent so smart and a quick Learner she already learned how to do her pee pee and poop on a poo poo pad and she’s eating hard food because she’s teething now her fangs are coming out and she decides to use me for her teething purposes I just speak to her and she looks at me and she listens and she’s I don’t know how to explain it so smart and so intelligent when I tell her something she does it she’s just amazing I couldn’t ask for a better puppy and breed been searching for her for 3 years I am a cancer survivor in remission it’s going on 3 years my Son tells me ma if you beat this cancer I will buy you a dog still waiting so I decided to get my own she can sometimes be a meanie to she starting to bark at her toys I even have a cat she’s 2 years old and they get along just fine in fact my cat protects her I guess because she still a baby I love my baby’s I love them both to death I call them my babies now that my kids are grown and gone

  • Debbie
    December 13, 2017, 8:48 pm

    Where can u get one

  • janice
    January 2, 2018, 3:39 am

    we have a schnau tzu, your article of the Teddy Bear was dead on to our Milly, but Milly was so easy to potty train, we live in MI, got her mid January and it was snowy and cold to, trained at 8 weeks, what a blessing that was, but, we’re thinking she needs a companion, maybe 2 would be easier than 1. or, if not I guess we just have two babies. We would like to try to get a Teddy Bear, can anybody help me find one in MI? We really would like one within 6-8 month’s for Milly. any suggestions would be appreciated. thank you!

  • Selena
    February 14, 2018, 4:40 am

    I’m a disabled elderly woman who had the sweetest Teddy Bear ever. I’m looking for another, she was stolen from my apartment when I was moving. I didn’t think I’d ever want another pet but I’m very lonely without her. I put her picture out everywhere and offered a reward…but nothing. I live in Michigan and I do live on a fixed income. Do you know of any reputable breeders in my area. Thank you. Your book has been very helpful! I’m so glad to know I’m not a bad potty trainer!

  • Shanda Casper
    March 1, 2018, 6:02 am

    Well love this blog and its all true so true!!! However, you seems to make this breed type seem so much needier than any other dog. Honestly, I have had one for 4 years and they are the smartest, most content, trainable dog ever. I have large breed dogs though that act way needier than she does so she is pretty content. We do treat her with a lot of love and care, I mean who wouldn’t with such sass, poise, and cutness, but I must say you really cant go wrong with this breed!!

    • Shanda Casper
      March 1, 2018, 6:05 am

      Sorry for the typo


  • Sharon Demas
    April 12, 2018, 2:35 am

    Hi, I’m trying to find Shichon breakers in NJ. Can you supply contacts. Your map doesn’t work for me. Ty

  • April 16, 2018, 2:52 am

    I am retired and have all the time and love for a teacup or tiny Teddy Bear puppy to be my companion.
    I live in St Louis and want to know where nearest breeder is located.
    I prefer a white dog. Interested also in Havanese, Cotón du Tulears, Bolognese puppy or young dog . Any information would be appreciated. I have a Vet that would give me excellent references to own a puppy.

  • Michelle
    April 18, 2018, 10:28 pm

    What a great article
    . I will let my dad read it. I didn’t even know about teddy bear dogs .. I have a one and didn’t know it. Wondered why he was so adorable.. Thank you

  • Theresa
    May 5, 2018, 6:29 pm

    Everything you said about teddy bear pups is spot on. I got one in oct 2017 and he is by far the best and smartest pup
    I have ever owned . I have had any puppies in my life and believe me best, smartest and cutest ever.

  • Teresa
    May 10, 2018, 3:39 am

    How big do they get??

  • May 26, 2018, 11:46 am

    Guys I know a website where you could purchase puppies! You don’t even need to go around town searching for a pet store that doesn’t look… That great. :/

    Go to Premier Pups (You can just type that and you’ll be able to find it)

  • June 9, 2018, 3:19 am

    Thank you this really helped me my cutie patoutie

  • Renee
    June 12, 2018, 2:09 pm

    I just got my own Teddy bear his name is Baylee, so cute and the most effectionist puppy ever. Love my little guy so much

  • July 21, 2018, 12:41 am

    Absolutely right on astticle! My teddy Sophie is wonderful, however, she has stranger issues. Wants to bite anyone who isn’t her family. Never ever had a dog like that before and don’t know what more to do? Any ideas as we are open to them? This article describes her perfectly! She is our security system and any noise she is ready to pounce! Also barks a lot!!! She loves antler bones and terrorizes all her stuffed toys but loves to play fetch with her ball. She has to sleep very very close to her people….my husband or I, and she takes the whole bed! Coat is high maintenance but wouldn’t trade her for the world!!!! She loves her buddies. Snowball, my daughters Bichion and mother’s Bichion, Casper!!!!

  • carol Heniadis
    August 11, 2018, 11:22 pm

    do these dogs have ear problems???

  • Margaret Overlot
    October 12, 2018, 9:27 pm

    I would like to know if a Teddy Bear pup or dog sheds a lot. Also, are there small Teddy Bears that get no more than 12 to 15 pounds. I have had shih zues and loved them so much. I am not 80 and in great health and I thought a small pup would keep me walking and exercising, and I could love one to pieces. It does get lonely here even though I keep busy. Whatever you think I would appreciate knowing.

    • December 1, 2019, 7:06 pm

      They do not shed at all. They are hypoallergenic

  • Kathy
    November 7, 2018, 3:11 am

    I have had My teddy bear since 2009, got him at 8 weeks old and he was potty trained in less Tham two months, he has had a accident only when he gets very nervous and scared like the vaccum or I go outside for more than 10 minutes without him. Other than that they are a PERFECT DOG, I would like to know how long do they usually live and what health problems do then=y end up with. Me 12 year old shit-zu has had seizures since he was 5 and is very sickly now and will have to put down soon. My teddy is good at 9 years old but wonder what his problems will be and when. I love both these breeds , very different but get along great together. Everything in the article is right, and they are definitely different than any other breed, so Loving! Wish I could have 3 of them but I wouldn’t be able to give the attention they all would need. Very smart dogs and understand every word you say.

  • March 12, 2019, 1:14 am

    Brilliant. Filled with lots of helpful tips and tricks for your furry little friends. He helped me potty train my little Truffles.

  • Tonya little
    June 7, 2019, 2:26 pm

    What is there life span? How much will they weigh fully grown??

    • December 1, 2019, 7:05 pm

      Up to 15 yrs. weigh is between 8-15 lbs. ours is a year old & is 9 lbs. such a sweet dog. They are hypoallergenic & do not shed at all. My mom is VERY allergic to pet dander & has never had issues around Marley. She is such a sweet dog. Ours has been very hard to potty train but I heard that’s not unusual for small dog breeds. Shichons are so sweet. They love to be right next to you and curl up on your lap or by your feet. We have 3 kids & she is very tolerant. Our 5 yr old puts her in her doll stroller all over the house. Ha.

  • Mamie Erickson
    September 2, 2019, 5:10 pm

    I am possibly interested in buying a female Teddy Bear puppy. My 14.5 year old female bichon is scheduled to be “put down” sometime this week. I cannot fathom not having a dog in my home.

    September 11, 2019, 6:28 pm

    We are looking for an older, house-trained dog.
    Any suggestions?
    Ralph and Paula Gilbert

  • Susie Hethcoat
    September 20, 2019, 5:57 pm

    I am interested in female Mini Teddy Bear puppy. I live in CA, but have access to Nevada, Arizona and TN.
    Thank you,

  • Joann W Bailey
    October 13, 2019, 12:06 pm

    Glad I saw this I was beginning to think my teddy had a problem so vocal so fast and needy only 3 months old. Love her very much worried all the time she would get hurt so tiny.

  • The Guy
    January 26, 2020, 7:07 am

    Do not try to have relations while your Teddy Bear Dog is free. They WILL join you.

    Other than that, our Teddy Bear is the coolest, most loving little fucker we’ve ever had.

  • Kay
    February 22, 2020, 3:24 pm

    Our little man is the sweetest, most loyal dog we have ever had. And we have had several breeds. He loves us so much and we really do love him . The article says they are difficult to train but our Bear learned within a week or so,to ring the rope bell to go outside . He is very intelligent. Needy? Yes. But, hey so worth it. I would never have any other breed .

  • Richard
    April 6, 2020, 11:40 pm

    We have a teddy bear, he is now 10 years old. He was the easiest dog we have ever trained. He came to us at about 10 weeks. By 12 weeks he was potty trained. He taught himself to walk at your right heel and stops when you do. He does not bark, well 3 times in 10 years. He communicates by a low whine or grumble. He lets us know when it’s time to potty, eAt and go to bed. He is a typical male dog if there’s a mud puddle it need a good stomping. And as said, he love everyone.

  • Robin Mckay
    June 5, 2020, 7:38 pm

    I love my Teddy best investment I ever got was a ballI could sit on the couch and watch TV and all I have to do is throw it in should go catch it that was our day we go out in the yard and throw it in she go get it that was our day I love her to death she sleeps under the covers it only took me about two months to potty train her geez best little thing I could ever want she weighs 13 pounds and I couldn’t ask for anything any better so my advice is get a ball

  • Janet Connell
    June 8, 2020, 2:35 pm

    My friend has a Teddy Bear, but I need a hypoallergenic NO-shedding puppy. Are they? The long potty training may be a problem. What are their long-term health issues?

    Life span?

    Thanks! Just lost two dogs. Chow and rescue lab mix. Used to big dogs, but can’t take all the shedding anymore.

    Janet Connell
    Boerne, Texas

  • Vicki Alley
    July 1, 2020, 4:59 pm

    Where are breeders for Teddy Bear dogs in central Florida? I want to see the mother and father.

  • Tina
    July 5, 2020, 1:47 am

    Hi David,

    Your website is awesome & I love your writing style! We’re thinking of adding a Teddy to our family. My husband’s only stipulations are to have a hypoallergenic dog that doesn’t drool much. In your experience, do Teddys meet these two criteria?

    Thank you in advance for your help,

    • Pam
      July 11, 2021, 2:03 am

      Hi Tina, I just read your comment to David regarding Teddy Bear 🧸 puppies. I realize you wrote this a year ago and oh I sure hope you found a healthy and loving baby that does not drool or shed, because Teddys just don’t. One reason I’m reaching out is to say hi to hopefully a Teddy Bear momma and next is to ask if you found a great breeder. If you did maybe you could share the info if it’s not on the West Coast since I’m in the Southeast.

      Hope to hear from you~

  • July 28, 2020, 3:09 pm

    Very interested in a teddy bear puppy! I live in Mobile Al. ARE THERE ANY AVAILABLE IN MY AREA?

    • Carole Weiher
      January 10, 2021, 2:20 pm

      Did you ever find a teddy bear puppy in this area? I live in Navarre.

  • Virginia Duppenthaler
    August 16, 2020, 6:04 pm

    Wish to meet a good breeder. Our 14 year old bichon (female) Needs companionship and so does her retired parents.
    Live in Seattle.

  • Shalonica Wilson
    November 12, 2020, 12:34 am

    Im looking to buy this puppy for my sister for Christmas.are their a liter ready?.this will be a big surprise for her.she have been looking for one for a very long time…help plz!!!!

  • November 30, 2020, 5:06 pm

    Anybody know of a place for Malshi or Shichon breeders in New York or around that area?

  • January 31, 2021, 4:14 am

    I got one hes a blast

  • Granita Battle
    January 31, 2021, 3:45 pm

    Can work eight hours a day and have a teddy bear

  • Lela marshall
    February 19, 2021, 7:55 pm

    What is the average price? Can they b trained before we could bring it home?

  • JoAnn Dill
    March 25, 2021, 2:45 am

    Please tell me where I can buy a female teddy bear puppy. I live alone but have two grandchildren ages 17 and 19. This would mean so much to me.

  • Shari Miller
    March 31, 2021, 3:53 pm

    Looking for a female teddy in Nebraska/Iowa I live in Omaha, NE

  • Jennifer Beal
    April 6, 2021, 6:45 pm

    How much will he cost. I would like to purchase a real puppy

  • Christa Patrick
    July 3, 2021, 2:06 pm

    Hi am looking for a female puppy teddy bear puppy am in North East Indiana thanks please get ahold of me asap thanks

  • Traci
    July 23, 2021, 10:41 pm

    I couldn’t have written this article better myself if I tried—all of these things are so true and my 13 year old teddy. He is without a doubt the highlight of my life.

  • November 23, 2021, 1:14 am

    teddy beat puppys are so nice and so cute and even have one

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