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Dogs are already so stinking cute, but there is just something next level about teddy bear breeds. I remember the first time I saw a pooch groomed for this aesthetic; my heart literally melted. And I am in fantastic company with these many breeds ranking very high on the American Kennel Club’s most popular dogs of 2019 as you will see in the sections below. So what exactly is a teddy bear dog and what makes them such a major hit?

A teddy bear breed is any dog that is groomed specifically to create an endearing stuffed animal aesthetic. More often than not, they are mixed doggies from parents with thick and curly coats. However, they could also be purebreds like out number 3 pick, the pomeranian. Let us take a closer look at 18 irresistible teddy bear dog breeds leading up to our favorites, toy poodles and bichon frises.

18. Bichon poo

The bichon is a popular breed when it comes to the teddy bear grooming style and so are its many mixes. The poodle is another one that fits into this category as you will see with the several mixes to come.

So imagine just how devastatingly cute a mix between these two would be? That is exactly what you have to look forward to with the bichon poo. The combination of the two curl patterns on the coats works perfectly to produce the perfect canvas for a teddy bear haircut.

17. Zuchon

This is yet another mix involving the bichon frise to produce an adorable teddy bear-looking dog. The bichon is mix bred with a shih tzu to produce a small, often long, curly-haired doggy with adorable droopy ears.

The zuchon is considered a hypoallergenic dog. However, it still needs consistent and frequent grooming to prevent excessive matting due to the tight nature of the curls on the coat. For this, brushing every other day should have you in the clear.

16. Labradoodle

Labrador poodle mixes are among the most popular mixed doggies you could get. The doggies get the best of both parents with the Labrador’s personality and intelligence and the poodle’s adorable aesthetic.

Mixes with toy poodles typically produce the cutest labradoodles that are ideal for grooming into real life teddy bears. However, the look is still achievable with a standard poodle.

15. Maltese

Maltese doggies have quite the reputation for being very loud and stubborn. Though they may not be a great pick for first time dog owners, they are definitely worth a try if you want a dog that will love you more than anything else on the planet.

These cute little doggies are among the doggies on this list known for their very long fur but often trimmed during grooming for easier management. Whatever the fur looks like, they are always very cute.

14. Eurasier

As we go on with this list, you will notice a trend with spitz type dogs and their mixes being perfect for this type of grooming look. The first we will be looking at is the eurasier. This is one of the smartest dogs on our list and on the planet in general.

The German native breed, is also known for being very even-tempered and laid back. However, they can be aloof when dealing with strangers and therefore need some early socialization.

13. Maltipoo

This is a mixed breed doggy obtained from combining a maltese with a poodle. More often than not, they inherit the poodle’s thick curly fur. However, it is also common for the maltipoo to have longer and straight fur like the maltese parent.

Whatever the case, these dogs make for fantastic teddy bear breeds when groomed properly. The best part is the long, droopy ears that just add perfectly to the whole stuffed animal vibe.

12. Akita Corgi mix

This is probably one of the most unlikely pairings when it comes to designer doggies. However, it is one of the best if you want a dog with the teddy bear appearance. In fact, they have often been compared to real life bear cubs.

This is because of features like medium snouts, deep set eyes, prominent foreheads, and their often short, perky ears. The black coats also contribute to this look.

11. Keeshond

The keeshond has a generally rough appearance when not groomed. However, this does not in any way take away from the adorableness of the doggy when groomed to look like a teddy bear.

In fact, it seems like the dog was built for this very look. The face in particular looks very much like a teddy even without the specific grooming. This is because of the dark, almond shaped eyes and short snout as well as the short, perky ears tying up the whole look.

10. Yorkie terrier

When it comes to aesthetics, the yorkie terrier is one of the most dynamic breeds on our list. It seems there is no look that this dog cannot pull from floor-length locks to wild, frizzy cuts. It must be their cute little faces.

One of the best things about yorkies is the fact that they are considered hypoallergenic. Technically speaking, they do shed. They just do much less of it than most other breeds. Their smooth coats also make them easier to groom than the others.

9. Shih tzu

The first thing you will see when you look up this adorable breed is probably a pooch with a cute little bow holding the long locks off their face. The shih tzu is often compared to the Pekingese due to their potential to grow thick, floor-length fur.

This fur is often cut very short to give the teddy bear look. When this is done, the shih tzu undergoes a complete transformation and can be comparable in appearance to other toy breeds like yorkies and bichon frises.

8. Pekingese

These cute little doggies are known for the long, straight, locks they drag around with them. What is unique about their coat is that the extreme length is maintained throughout the body from the face to the tail.

When grooming for the teddy bear aesthetic, the fur is usually cut very short exposing their other adorable facial and body features. The best part is that they have an equally endearing personality to boot.

7. Morkie

This is a mix between a Yorkshire terrier and a maltese. The resulting puppy looks a lot more like their yorkie parent but there are occasionally hints of the maltese with things like the coat type and head shape.

Also known as the Morkshire terrier, this breed is known for being an energetic little ball of fun and is particularly friendly with children. So if you are looking for an impossibly cute family pet then this is definitely worth looking into.

6. Chihuahua

Chihuahuas are the smallest dogs there are. More often than not, chihuahuas have very short coats. However, long haired variations do agree and these make for the best teddy bear chis. 

Their infectious little personalities make them fantastic for dog owners who want a lively presence in the home. You can rest assured that there will never be a dull moment. However, you will have to start obedience training and socialization early as these doggies can get very problematic. 

5. Golden doodle

As the name suggests, this is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. For the most part, the poodle’s genes contribute the most to the aesthetic. This includes the silky soft curls and the narrower build.

However, when it comes to temperament, you get the golden retriever’s popular temperament with traits like confidence, friendliness, extroverted disposition, and their general caring nature. It is truly the best of both worlds with this one.

4. Chow chow

Also known as the fluffy lion dog, the chow chow breed is one of the largest on our list and is exactly what you should consider if you want a giant teddy bear of a dog in your home. Their general appearance suits this aesthetic in many ways.

First off, you have the thick coat that creates the fluffy bear appearance when groomed. Then there are the deep set, round, black eyes. Finally, you have their short, upturned snout and button nose that is the most bear-like thing you will see on a dog.  

3. Pomeranians

They do not call these doggies pom pom dogs for no reasons. They look like actual pom poms especially with their thick neck fur cover. The spitz-type of doggy is popular in the teddy bear dog community due to its thick and easily malleable coat. They are especially cute when groomed like this as puppies but grown-up poms also very easily pull off the look.

They are also very playful and social and will make for the perfect companion pet.

2. Toy poodle

Toy poodles are the smallest of all poodles and arguably the most adorable variation of the breed. They are known for their thick, wavy locks and large, round eyes that give it a pretty accurate stuffed animal semblance.

The best part is that they have fantastic personalities to match the heart-warming looks. So if you want an affectionate and playful lap dog, this is definitely worth considering especially for a family pet type of set up.

1. Bichon frise

Bichon frises are the ultimate teddy bear doggies. This hypoallergenic breed is known for its thick, curly fur that is perfect for grooming to this adorable aesthetic. The fact that they are in the small lap dog breed group contributes further to their perfect fit as real life teddy bears.  

One thing to note when owning this particular breed of teddy bear doggy is that they need a lot of grooming. Their cock-screw curls are prone to tangling and require constant brushing to remove matts. 

Related Questions

Do Teddy Bear Dogs Shed? All dogs, including teddy bear breeds, shed to some degree. With teddy pooches, however, there is a tendency for them to shed significantly less than other breeds. This is particularly the case with hypoallergenic breeds and mixes including the bichon frise and poodles. They are therefore worth considering if you or someone in your home has allergies. 

How Much Do Teddy Bear Dogs Cost? It is not possible to give one price range for teddy bear dogs. It all depends on the specific breeds with some being more expensive than others. Mixed breed teddy bear pooches in particular tend to cost a little less than their purebred alternatives within the teddy bear dog niche. 

How Often Do Teddy Bear Dogs Need To Be Groomed? How often you groom your teddy bear dog depends on the specific breed and coat type. It also depends on the type of grooming. When it comes to brushing, most require grooming at least 2 to 3 times a week to untangle and deshed. However, trimming and maintaining the teddy bear aesthetic can be done as little as once a month. 

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