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What is a teddy bear dog?

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A teddy bear dog is a breed that combines a shih tzu and either a bichon frise or a toy poodle. The teddy bear dog, so called because its appearance resembles that of a child's teddy bear, is a hybrid or mixed breed dog that's not recognized as a purebred.

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Teddy bear dogs are typically small, weighing between 12 and 14 pounds. Although they don't tend to shed much, their fluffy coat requires daily brushing or it can become tangled. Teddy bear dogs are typically friendly, affectionate and playful. They enjoy being with their families and are good with children. They can easily develop separation anxiety if left alone too much.

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    What breed is a teddy bear puppy?

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    How big do teddy bear puppies get?

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    What are some traits of teddy bear puppies?

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