Zuchon or Shichon or Teddy Bear is a hybrid breed dog or a designer dog. It is cross between Bichon Frisé and Shih Tzu.[1]

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Other namesShichon, Teddy Bear
OriginUnited States
Foundation stockBichon Frisé & Shih Tzu
Weight 7–15 lb (3.2–6.8 kg)
Height 9–12 in (230–300 mm)
Life span 12–15 years
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Zuchon is a small designer dog with a height around 30 cm (12 in) and weighing 5–6 kg (12–14 lb). Zuchon is a portmanteau name combining the two breed names and is not accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club or any other major recognised dog breed registry.[citation needed] It is a dog that does not shed but it also requires maintenance with regular grooming. Because it is a hybrid dog from two purebreds, it is known to have hybrid vigor, when they are first generation, could possibly have better health than the purebred dogs.[2] However, if they are not first generation, health problems can exist. The dog breed has a short history beginning only at the turn of the 21st century.[2]


The Zuchon is also known as a Teddy Bear, Shichon or, less commonly, a Tzu Frise.[3] They reach an average height of 23 to 30 cm (9 to 12 in) from the shoulder, and a weight of 4–11 kg (8–25 lb) fully grown.[2]

The Zuchon usually has a longer coat that does not shed. This longer coat may lead to more time for maintenance and grooming.[2]

As hypoallergenic dogs, Zuchons are generally more suitable for homes with allergy problems amongst the inhabitants, although allergic reactions may still occur.[4]


This toy dog is said to have a "great" personality, and it is playful, lively and well-mannered.[2]

The Zuchon is a well-mannered dog known to be social, happy, and gentle. They become devoted to their families but need much attention and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time.[5] Sometimes the Zuchon may be stubborn and in need of training. The Zuchon will remain active.[2][6]

They make fairly good watch dogs. When necessary, this dog will bark to alert its family that someone is nearby. This breed is typically good with other pets, especially when socialized at an early age. This dog gets along well with children, but it may be a good idea to socialize this breed at an early age as well as to supervise play time with children to make sure that the dog does not get hurt as a result of its small size.


An important feature with the Zuchon hybrid breed is its longevity. The average life-expectancy of a Zuchon is around 12–15 years.[2][7]


Americans began breeding designer dogs in the 1990s.[8] The Zuchon is a cross between an oriental Shih Tzu and a Mediterranean Bichon Frisé. The Zuchon is still not thought of as an official breed of dog, only a cross-breed. This may change as the dog is becoming a popular toy dog being classified with all other toy dog purebreds. Organizations that recognise this breed include the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.[2]


  1. ^ "AMERICAN CANINE HYBRID CLUB HYBRID BREEDS". American Canine Hybrid Club. 2014. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Shichhon Information Archived August 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, dogpage.us, 1997, accessed October 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "What is a Teddy Bear Puppy?". Mini Teddy Bear Puppies. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  4. ^ Hypoallergenic Dogs, puppy-basics.com, 2005, accessed October 21, 2009.
  5. ^ Dejong, Fifi (January 11, 2014). "ABC Dogs Book". Rikhi Publishing. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Character of Shichon, http://www.shichondog.com/ 2011, accessed February 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Teddy Bear Dogs, PuppiesClub.com, 2006, accessed October 20, 2009.
  8. ^ Mooallem, Jon (February 4, 2007). "The Modern Kennel Conundrum". The New York Times. Retrieved February 16, 2015.