21 Teddy Bear Dog Breeds: Shichon, Schnoodle, More

Ever wondered what it would be like to own a real-life teddy bear? If yes, then look no further. We have compiled a list of the adorable teddy bear dog breeds for you. 

On this list, you’ll find different dogs that look like teddy bears, including the popular Schnoodle, Shichon, Morki, and many more, with pictures.

Some are adorable, others are not exactly your definition of cuddle buddies.

They all have one thing in common, however. These dogs breeds give you the joy, coziness, and comfort of a real-life teddy bear. 

Who knows? You may find your next wonderful pet as you go through this list.

There would be different pieces of information on each to get you started, and we suggest you research further if you find one that interests you. 

Like any other dog breed, these pooches have strong and weak traits, needs, and even health issues. They also have their history. No teddy bear dog dropped from the sky.

Without further ado, let’s get down to business.

What is a Teddy Bear Dog?

If this is your first time coming across this term, it may be both surprising and intriguing. While it is obvious why they were named this way, there’s a lot more you need to know.

To begin with, the term doesn’t designate a particular breed. There is no particular teddy bear dog breed.

It is a category of different dog breeds with that bear look in common.

They tend to be fluffy, cute with round faces, and look stuffed. Other than that, they have their unique traits. 

The term ‘Teddy Bear Dog’ began in the United States in the mid 20th century and has since become a household name.

The first dogs called teddy bear dogs were small and used for therapy purposes.

It soon became a larger category with more dogs of bigger sizes joining the party.

The following is a list of cute dogs that look like teddy bears with pictures. 

21 of the Most Adorable Teddy Bear Dog Breeds

1. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Dog on a Gift Box

The Bichon Frise is a typical bedside teddy bear come alive, and that’s why we start with it. Their white coat and puppyish face are enough to make you whip out your credit card to purchase or adopt.

The Bichon Frise is believed to have originated from France, though they have Spanish ties.

While not much is known about their origin, these dogs were made to be companions and once were the favorites of the noble class.

They came into the United States in 1956 and got registered by the American Kennel Club in 1972. 

If you need a good adjective to qualify the Bichon Frise, it will be ‘sweet’. It has a combination of marvelous traits: gentleness, affection, and playfulness.

This dog can cheer you during sad days and will be up for a cuddle when you want. They can cope in an apartment, but need a lot of exercise. The Bichon Frise is also a good first-time dog.

There are some things you may have to deal with, however. Their intelligence makes them cunning, and they may be mischievous at times.

While it is cute, it should not be encouraged. They also don’t do well alone and are prone to separation anxiety. 

2. Cockapoo

A Cockapoo Puppy Near the River Bank

Cockapoos were the first hybrid dogs who were called teddy bear dogs.

They came about as a cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle, and are excellent companion dogs.

The first crossing may have been unintentional, but over time the goal was to get a companion dog with traits that will appeal to various kinds of dog owners, including new ones.

Cockapoo was the result, and we can say it was a success.

This good-natured dog is not the kind to hold a grudge or make its owners feel alone. This is a canine stress reliever, and they were used as therapy dogs for this reason.

It is difficult not to melt when you see the cute face, and when you get to know any dog of this breed, you will be a fan.

Poor breeding can sometimes lead to a Cockapoo with character failures like fear-based aggression, so you must get your pet from a breeder with integrity.

3. Border Terrier

A Border Terrier Puppy Staring Into the Camera

Unlike the first two dog breeds, Border Terrier was not bred to be a companion. They were hunters, and they did their job well.

That said, after their recognition by the English Kennel Club in 1920, they transitioned to household pets. They make good family dogs for those who can meet their needs. 

Border Terriers need an active lifestyle due to their energy level, so you should skip this breed if long-term exercise is not your thing.

They also have the strong spirit of Terriers, making it a challenge to train them. 

This English breed doesn’t promise to be a good companion for everyone, but for those who can cope with his energy and occasional stubbornness, the Border Terrier is as much a lover as he is a fighter.

He’s affectionate and loves to be the center of attention, and you’ll find it hard to ever let go of him. 

To own a Border Terrier, you should be committed, knowledgeable in dog training, and patient when he shows his independent side.

4. Pomeranian

A Pomeranian Dog Breed Seating on the Road

The foxy, small dog breed gives you the toy bear vibes, and their beautiful physique makes them look like canine royalty.

This breed has an overload of cuteness, and they make it easy for you to love them. 

An extrovert with high self-esteem, the Pomeranian doesn’t shy away from meeting people, including strangers. He’s also smart and playful, and there isn’t a dull moment around him. 

They originated in the province of Pomerania and started out being famous.

Eventually, they caught the fancy of Queen Victoria and even competed under her name. Perhaps this flattering point in their history got into their heads because Pomeranians act like big dogs.

This is adorable to see, not until your small Pomeranian picks up a fight with a much bigger breed. 

They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1900 and became popular in the United States.

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5. Lhasa Apso

A Lhasa Apso Puppy Walking to the Lawn

Lhasa Apso is another small dog who acts bigger than his size. He doesn’t let his small stature limit him as he protects his family.

His devotion and fierce loyalty are both surprising and lovely. Don’t underestimate Lhasa, though. There’s a fighter hidden in that cuteness.

The breed got its name from Lhasa, a holy city of Tibet. Before then, he was known as Abso Seng Kye, the “Bark Lion Sentinel Dog.”

That name must have puffed up his courage, and soon he became a guardian to monks and members of the noble class. The American Kennel Club recognized the Lhasa Apso in 1935.

His bravado notwithstanding, Lhasa is a good-natured dog who adapts to different environments and different pet parents, old and new.

Do not adopt a laissez-faire approach when training him, though, or you may have a doggy mutiny to overcome. 

His wariness to strangers helps him be a good watchdog, and he will alert you of any unknown face. However, socialize him enough to avoid fear-based aggression.

6. Pekingese

A Pekingese Dog Sitting on a Chair

The Pekingese comes from China and no doubt draws his elegance from his time serving as a companion for the Imperial family.

He became a family dog sometime after his registration in the American Kennel Club in 1906. Pekingese is not your average small teddy bear dog. There is royalty still flowing in his blood. 

Pekingese is a brave dog who won’t back down from a fight, even with a dog bigger than his size.

His independent spirit makes him stubborn, though new pet parents can attempt training a Pekingese if he knows how to be firm.

You should teach him how to bark on command as Pekingese are barkers, which may make them unsuitable for an apartment. 

Many pet parents unwittingly overindulge small dogs. You shouldn’t do this with any small dog on this list, and especially not with Pekingese. 

7. Toy Poodle

A Toy Poodle Pup on the Bed Looking Like the Perfect Teddy Bear Dog

On its own, a poodle doesn’t have the usual teddy bear look. However, a little grooming will transform this popular dog breed into a breathing, canine teddy bear. 

Poodles are generally divided into four sizes, and the toy poodle comes closest to a teddy bear dog when compared to others

They have ties to both Germany and France and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886.

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The toy poodle was developed to be a companion to the Parisian nobles, and they haven’t failed to do that for modern Americans.

A highly intelligent dog breed, the Poodle learns fast. He’s also eager to please, loving, and shows lots of affection. 

Some may imagine that the noble looks of the Poodle will make him uptight. In reality, Poodles love to play and are always up for games and fun.

They can also be mischievous and pull some fast tricks. While it adds to the overall fun, don’t let this trait go out of hand. 

The Poodle is the 6th most popular dog breed in the United States in 2020, according to the AKC.

8. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu Dog on the Field Looking Up

Many dogs on this list love the spotlight. The Shih Tzu is a proud member of the attention club and loves being around people.

They are companions who will be your best friend if you can handle them. 

This breed hails from Japan, and the name signifies ‘little Lion’ (which is misleading).

They got registered under the Toy group of the American Kennel Club in 1969. 

A total companion from the onset, Shih Tzu does nothing more than being a friend to everyone around.

They love to meet people, and it is so hard to not reciprocate their friendly gestures.

Even people who aren’t fond of dogs may reconsider their stance when Shih Tzu puts on his charm. 

That said, you may have trouble with a Shih Tzu if you can’t handle an energetic dog breed. They are overly energetic and have a high need for exercise.

They don’t cope with isolation as well, so if you’ll be busy, get them a canine companion or hire a pet sitter.

9. Yorkshire Terrier

A Portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier on the Field

Yorkshire Terriers can pull off a teddy bear look with a good haircut. Then again, there’s nothing these star dogs can’t pull off.

Spunky and sassy are their major traits, and it is hard to go unnoticed when you own a Yorkie. He’ll find ways to draw attention. 

Funnily enough, Yorkies were not bred to be companions. As Terriers, they were hunters, and they still pose a threat to rodents today.

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The Terrier spirit likely adds to their Napoleon complex, and he’s always one for adventure (with a dose of trouble).

Having said that, Yorkshire Terriers are softies who love being around their owners. They have a jealous streak as well and can be protective of their owners.

This can be a problem when your Yorkie threatens a friend or date you invite over. 

They are better for homes with big children who know how to handle a small dog. Little kids may rough handle a Yorkie, a situation that won’t end well for either party.

10. Keeshond

A Cheerful Keeshond Pup Jumping Up

Puppy Keeshonds have the teddy bear looks. They lose a bit of it as they mature, but still retain the coziness and fluff of teddy bear dogs.

Keeshond was originally bred as both a companion and a watchdog from Holland.

He’s known as a Velcro dog, and he’ll stick to whoever becomes his favorite in the family. They were recognized by the AKC in 1930.

These days, Keeshonds are more household pets than watchdogs, and his biggest responsibility is being a devoted pet.

His intelligence and smartness easily translate to mischief, which you shouldn’t tolerate as it may encourage stubbornness. 

That said, Keeshonds are lively, observant, and enthusiastic dogs. They play and love to have fun, and are outgoing enough to charm any human around them. 

11. Shichon (Zuchon)

A Zuchon Puppy Looking Up

Also known as Shichon, Zuchon is a crossbreed mix from two other companion dogs that look like a teddy bear on this list, the Bichon Frise and the Shih Tzu.

These two companion traits gave beautiful traits to Zuchon, as well as the fluff and cuteness. 

Though not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club, Zuchon has gained relative popularity in the United States.

The demand for these lovely dogs is high, and it isn’t hard to understand why. 

Schichon got the best from both parents. He is clever, playful, and an ideal companion, always eager to please and to be around those he loves.

They do well around people and can adapt to apartment living, a plus for them. 

These dogs are neither hunters nor fighters, so they can be in a home with multiple pets and small kids. However, be cautious because of their size. 

12. Chow Chow

A Red Chow Chow Dog Standing

The name immediately makes you think of a teddy bear, and once you lay your eyes on one, you’d be reminded of a humongous teddy. 

Don’t be fooled by the looks though. Chow Chow isn’t your typical companion dog, and he isn’t lovey-dovey.

He’s aloof and sometimes reserved, having the dignity of a cat more than the charm of a dog. Chow Chow may not be the pet for you if you want to cuddle, but he’s a loyal canine.

This breed has ties with both China and Mongolia. Chow Chow first came into America in 1890 via a competition, and he was recognized by the AKC in 1903.

The ideal owner for Chow Chow is someone who appreciates an independent dog.

Often, busy people with no time to accommodate a clingy canine will love a dog like the Chow Chow. Just be sure his independence doesn’t go overboard. 

13. Cavapoo

A Shaggy Cavapoo Sitting on a Sofa

Cavapoo is yet another mixed breed, borne from the cross-breeding of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodles.

The Australian breeders credited for this wanted a breed with the personality of the Spaniel and the intelligence of the Poodle.

As a result, Cavapoo has risen in popularity. The breeders’ achievement is clear as Cavapoos display a high level of intelligence.

They are equally friendly, playful and love being around kids. They are capable of charming anyone they meet, strangers inclusive.

Cavapoos do need to learn how to be alone, or you provide an alternative.

This is because they don’t cope well in isolation, and may get destructive if you keep them home alone.

That may be the only major issue you’ll face, as long as you need a companion dog. That is the only role Cavapoos can play well.

If you keep them as guard dogs, they are more likely to befriend the intruder.

14. Miniature Goldendoodle

Miniature Goldendoodle Wearing a Dog Harness in a Portrait

The Miniature Goldendoodle is what happens when a Golden Retriever is crossed with a Poodle. This was made possible in the 1990s.

Compared to other Poodle mixes, the Miniature Goldendoodle is young and has chances of further development. 

The goal of developing this designer breed was to get a bigger poodle mix with the intelligence and friendliness of the Goldendoodle.

Although they haven’t been registered by any Kennel Club, they keep rising in popularity. One reason is their lovely looks, another is their impeccable personality.

The Miniature Goldendoodle is a gentle and affectionate dog who has also achieved more than being a simple companion.

These pooches have played the roles of guard dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, sniffing, and agility.

As companions, Miniature Goldendoodles love having people around and are prone to separation anxiety.

If you’re a busy person and fancy getting one of these dogs, take steps to ensure he has company when you’re not around.

15. Cavachon

A Cavachon Dog on the Floor with Tennis Balls

Cavachon is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise.

Like other designer breeds on this list, they were bred to have the best traits from the parent dogs. 

Cavachons are happy dogs, and you can tell that sad goodbye when you’re with them.

These easy-going dogs easily adapt to their owner’s moods. They can relax with you when need is or hit the road for a trip. They love it when they are with you.

Furthermore, their energy level is average, which means they’ll neither stress you out nor draw you back. They fit both active people and those whose idea of exercise is a light morning routine. 

Of course, no breed is perfect. There are always problems to face. With the Cavachon, separation anxiety is an issue.

With consistent routine and enough company, the Cavachon can cope. 

16. Pomchi

Pomchi Sitting on a Daybed

Another breed with an attractive name and a cute face, Pomchis was developed from a cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. Imagine the beauty such a mixture will produce!

No doubt, the breeders had the physical appeal and more in mind. The lovely result quickly became a highly needed companion for many homes. 

Pomchis got the same ‘big dog’ attitude as the Yorkshire Terrier and some other dogs on this list. They love having people around them and do well with attention.

Pomchis make good watchdogs because they love to bark, but you’ll need to train them to curb this habit.

Socialization is also needed for your Pomchi to not dislike strangers.

Morkie is the result of a cross between a Maltese and the proud Yorkshire Terrier.

17. Morkie

Morkie: A Maltese and Yorkie Mix Smiling

Sometimes, they display the spunk of the Yorkshire Terrier. Other times, they are loving and show affection.

Furthermore, their level of friendliness is over the roof. Morkies can play with anyone and any animal even dogs larger than his size.

Of course, you must be observant to avoid your Morkie having an accident.

Similar to many other companion dogs on this list, Morkies are prone to separation anxiety. Thus, they need the training to learn how to cope alone.

The Terrier part of Morkies can make them somewhat strong-headed, and they may not always co-operate. You’ll need to be firm without being harsh. 

18. Schnoodle

A Schnoodle Pup in Autumn Park

Schnoodle joins the league of teddy bear dogs and designer breeds. They owe their existence to a Poodle and Miniature Schnauzer, hence the name. 

Schnoodles have a set of admirable traits. Packaged in this hybrid are a smart brain, an active body, and an adorable personality.

This combo attracted more buyers to this breed, and over the years Schnoodles have gotten more popular.

Schnoodles have contributed in many ways to our society, from being therapy dogs to displaying their skills on a stage. They equally loves exercise and would make a good jogging partner.

Another good advantage this hybrid has is that it is less stubborn than the Schnauzer and less hyperactive than the Poodle.

19. Shih Poo

Shih Poo in the Park

As obvious from the name, Shih Poo is a cross between Shih Tzus and Poodles. Taking on the genes of two powerful dog breeds, the Shih Poo is a force.

When you have a Shih Poo, you don’t need a stuffed teddy bear. They will fill the gap, remain loyal, and keep you happy.

They are also not hyperactive, so you can cuddle with a Shih Poo for long and he won’t get bored. 

There’s a dark side to cross-breeding, though. Shih Poo combined the intelligence of the poodle and the stubbornness of the Shih Tzu.

A highly intelligent and stubborn breed is not exactly the easiest to train. They need a firm leader to get them to obey. 

Once you succeed in being consistent and firm, they learn fast and hardly forget. 

20. Shorkie

Shorkie A Small Yorkie Shih Tzu Dog on Grass

The Shorkie is a result of fierce meets spunk. His parents are the stubborn Shih Tzu and the self-confident Yorkshire Terrier. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the Shorkie acts like a big dog and is stubborn, so early training is required if you don’t want your Shorkie to become a little menace.

They are energetic as well, so you should exercise them regularly.

It’s not all bad news with this breed though. Shorkies play a lot and show love to their owners.

When socialized well, they have no problem meeting new people and animals. 

With Shorkies, you also have to deal with separation anxiety. Start training him as a puppy to learn to be alone, but know that you shouldn’t get a Shorkie if you’re always unavailable.

21. Peekapoo

A Small White Peekapoo Dog

The last teddy bear dog breed on our list is Peekapoo, a cross between the Pekingese and Poodle. Here’s another sweet companion with whom you’ll not feel lonely.

Peekapoo is a loyal, devoted dog who’d want to protect its owners, despite its size.

It is cute and funny to see him yapping after a stranger in a bid to defend you, but train him to make sure his distrust for strangers doesn’t turn into aggression.

Even small dogs can be aggressive.

Another strong point for this breed is its ability to adapt to different surroundings. Peekapoo can cope in an apartment building as well as a house with a yard. 

They also fit with different owners, and even new pet parents can train a Peekapoo.

However, don’t get one if you can’t commit to his well-being or give him the companionship he needs.

Related Questions

How much does a Teddy Bear dog cost?

There is no fixed price for teddy bear dogs, and it depends largely on the specific breed in question. Having said that, the price range for a teddy bear puppy is between $450 to $1500.

Do Teddy Bear dogs make good pets?

Many teddy bear dogs were bred to be companions and come with traits that make them exceptional family pets. Even those bred for work transition well into households.

They do have their challenges which you must be acquainted with, but overall they make good pets. Plus, they’re adorable.

What dog looks most like a Teddy Bear?

The Chow Chow is a big, moving teddy bear, and if you see one inactive you may be fooled. They have the fur and gentle face to match. However, this breed is not a cozy, cuddly kind.

Are teddy bear dogs aggressive?

Teddy bear dogs are cute and most of them are friendly, but they may have aggressive tendencies that you should clip off.

Usually, the form of aggression known to these dogs is a defensive, fear-based kind. If they feel threatened, they may attack.

Wrap Up

You’ll be making a great choice if you go for one of these teddy bear dogs, especially when you want a companion dog.

There is a teddy bear dog breed for everyone, and all you need to do is figure out which one fits your lifestyle, personality, and pet preference.

With a bit of commitment, patience, and tolerance, your teddy bear canine will be a loyal, loving, and charming friend for a long time.

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Authored By

Ben Pierce

Ben Pierce is a canine behavioral and nutritional specialist, professional dog trainer, and the CEO of Puplore. A former military working dog handler, Ben founded Puplore to provide owners with breed-specific information and to act as a go-to guide to health, nutrition, care, and to help them find the confidence they need to step up to the plate and become the best pup parents they can possibly be. A firm believer in treating all animals with kindness and compassion, and that positive discipline is paramount in achieving a harmonious canine-human relationship, Ben’s former and present careers have enabled him to become a leading light in his chosen profession and business.

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