To have the best dog possible, they must first be a great puppy born from an amazing set of parents with an experienced, knowledgeable, loving human and dog squad support system! There is nothing like the little pitter-patter of their feet following closely behind us. We do all the "extras" to provide the very best of the best in your companion with a solid platform to continue building on.
There is a tremendous value in our heart and soul dedication to creating healthy, happy intelligent Teddy Bear puppies that are beyond gorgeous inside and out. Our training and puppy methods make a distinct difference in the dog you plan to spend your future years with. We have invested decades in progressing our Tiny Teddys toward the standard for which the Shichon or Zuchon, a Shih-Tzu Bichon Hybrid, will be loved and known.
A vast expense is involved in raising our quality puppies properly. We are fully committed to our dogs and their puppies. Our adults and their puppies have our complete commitment to ensuring each puppy is loved, adored and nurtured, neurologically stimulated, enriched, well adjusted and healthy. Our puppies are raised on lap and underfoot, with age-appropriate training and socialization to ensure they are the ideal companion. This hands-on technique requires an immensely personal and financial obligation; it is extensive but enriching. They are, indeed, our most exceptional pride and joy.
Our puppies are genuinely nurtured, loved and cared for long before their very first breath and years before their conception with various levels of age-appropriate training.
Diet - Along with a well-balanced high quality locally made kibble. We use a variety of specially selected meats, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables for their regular well-being and our unique approach to prenatal care. With our holistic approach to our dogs and their puppies, they are always in excellent shape in body, mind and spirit.
Delivery (whelping) of our puppies into the world is always done as a duo - Mike and I are always together by our dog's side, and remain there for the following few weeks. We are fully hands-on and whelp our babies together. Once the puppies have completed their miraculous journey into this world, we dedicate all of our time to them so we can carry out our constantly active approach with thepuppiess. We begin two weeks of sleeping in opposite shifts to dedicate around-the-clock loving care to mum and her new arrivals. There are many benefits to the puppies and moms having this kind of attention and immediate care, and we have only lightly touched on all the ongoing precautions we take.
Our puppies come socialized and stimulated - Neurological stimulation started young is proven to impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected, the result being an increased capacity that later will help to make a difference in its performance. Some proven assets are a more excellent immunity to disease, high tolerance to stress, increased cardiovascular performance (or heart rate), powerful heartbeats, and heartier adrenal glands. They also have a higher capacity to learn quickly. Studies have shown stimulated pups were more active and more exploratory than the littermate not stimulated.
We always ensure our puppies are expertly socialized - Our friends, family, neighbours and Tiny Teddy adults play an essential part in this daily routine. It's adorable and a significant part of the puppy's upbringing and learning process. With our adult dogs always beside us, we all work as a team, so our puppies learn, play, develop and flourish in numerous ways. We have a deep bond with each of our puppies and always do what is best for each puppy. We have devoted our lives to raising our Zuchons and invested a great deal in our puppies and their fabulous parents. It takes a great deal of experience, time, energy and finances to raise a puppy right and keep the parents pristinely maintained.
Being socialized doesn't only refer to interacting with other people and pets - We also make sure they are exposed and rotated through different toys. Rope-based, stuffies large and small with and without stuffing, flip and roll away toys, balls of various sizes, balls and toys that speak, squeak, crinkle, snap, bark and cock-a-doodle-do. Snuffle mats and problem solving puzzle based. Bones, chews & jerkey, various foods and smells. Encounter different experiences such as boating (age dependant) or vehicle trips on residential streets, highways and logging roads. Unusual sounds like keys dropping, doorbells, vacuums and school sounds. Different surface experiences (dependant on the puppy's age) like hardwood, tile, stone, cement, carpet, grass, patio, gravel bark mulch. Various play centers encourage exploring, climbing and investigation with slides, stairs, tunnel, and holes. We have an entire room dedicated to storing these various supplies and more.
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Our home is their playground! We take the time to get to know each puppy, and we are always happy to help you in the choosing process.
The puppy nursery is centrally located in the heart of our home, as is the safe place set up for the older puppies when they can't be directly watched. As our puppies achieve various levels of trust, they earn a free run of the house and property, enjoying toys, treats, toy boxes and play centers indoors and out as they please, depending, of course, on the ages of the puppies.
Our Zuchons have sweet, loving easy-going dispositions, making them the perfect choice for children, companionship, and other pets. Their absence of prey drive makes them uniquely gentle and kind to all living things. Their unique high intelligence allows them to quickly pick up and retain hundreds of different words and commands, with an uncanny ability to read their people's emotions, mannerisms, and body language on a higher level than other breeds. Making one of the best and most sought-after dogs for future therapy, service and emotional support needs and more.
Tiny Teddys building skills! Adults & puppies playing and swimming at the lake!
As part of our successful Tiny Teddie's puppy rearing approach, we both litter box train and pee pad train our puppies to expand your options. We start their litter box training at four weeks, and it works like a dream for immediate and long term use, house training, travelling etc. The litter we use is earth-friendly and biodegradable and doesn't resemble anything else in your home, discouraging accidents. So when your free to just enjoy your puppy. Our puppies are also familiar with pee pads for use in carrying bags, crate training, during flights and road trips etc.
To further add to our vast Zuchon knowledge, we routinely keep various puppies to observe and train to various age-appropriate levels before making them available as an older advanced puppy with further Tiny Teddys training completed. An excellent choice for further therapy and service dog training.
This gives us an in-depth look at our puppies as they continue to grow and progress. This has the added benefit for those looking for a more advanced puppy, with the advantage of having most of the hard work and training already completed and behind them (additional fees will apply).
Our puppies excel in puppy classes and further training - They are often the star and help train others. They receive a lot of praise from the professionals they come across, vets, groomers, instructors, etc. An excellent choice for most therapy, companion and service dog requirements. Our Tiny Teddys have been highly successful for numerous service dog needs.
Zuchons have sweet and comical personalities – Our puppies are adorable healthy, highly trainable, intelligent, small, strong, compact, sturdy and quite athletic little dogs. The cuddling, nurturing, socializing, and Tiny Teddy training we provide our puppies are truly rewarding. We ensure each puppy is fully ready to leave, litter box trained for home and away use, familiar with pee pads for use in carrying bags, safe place set-up trained, crate trained for use during flights and road trips etc, fully weaned, well- adjusted, socialized and had as much playtime with the whole family as possible.
Our Tiny Teddys come with your choice of our standard five years or lifetime genetic guarantee, a written health guarantee, had a wellness exam and deemed to be healthy by a veterinarian, which includes the wellness exam, 1st vaccines, health & immunization record that provides proof of completion and overall health noted by a veterinarian professional. There are many aspects to creating an extremely healthy, happy, well-rounded puppy to make the best companion.
We provide all new fur parents with a copy of our Complete Guide to Caring for your Teddy Bear Zuchon Guide. Our ongoing book from our decades of experience contains everything you will ever need to know to assist you in continuing care for your puppy for their entire lifetime.
Our puppies are fed top quality holistic all-natural food, daily probiotics, all-natural homemade cookies, homemade dehydrated treats made from various meats, fish, fruits and veggies and other health-building ingredients—sourced fresh from farms, fishing and our garden, local markets.
Oh look It's playtime again!
Appearance - Teddy bear Zuchons are a small breed with an adorable lifelong Teddy Bear appearance consisting of the originating breeds of strickly the Bichon and Shih Tzu only. Zuchons can range in weight from 5 to 18 pounds as adult dogs. Our Teddy Bear Zuchons are typically around 11 to 12 pounds. Their coats are luxuriously soft with fluffy hair like fur that doesn't shed like most dog breeds and considered to be hypo-allergenic like their originating breeds. They come in a variety of incredibly gorgeous colours from black & white, white tri-colour & brown tri-colour to the more rare reds & blacks. We also have the uber-rare and unique green eye beauties and chocolate colour coats and noses. Their hair can be clipped short into a "puppy cut" or "teddy bear cut" or left long and flowing, with top knots and bows. Their faces look like little teddy bears and Ewoks throughout their lifetime. They have round faces with shorter muzzles on some, a little longer nose on others and large beautiful endearing eyes, earning them their teddy bear namesake along with their calm, patient, happy-go-lucky temperaments. Our Zuchons are multi-generational, which makes a distinctive difference. We have been continuously working on and improving our line for decades, to create the breed standard Zuchons will be known by. This also means they no longer tend to have any of the issues of their purebred ancestors. For example, our Zuchons have more athletic builds with longer stronger legs, stronger bones with larger joints & tendons and deeper sockets compared to the Bichon and the Shih-Tzu as well as longer noses, larger stronger teeth and deeper eye sockets rather than the flatter face and bulgy eyes of the Shih-Tzu
Temperament - Zuchons are eager to please, attentive, cuddly, loving and extremely intelligent, making them ideal to for training. They love the company of their human pack, unlike some of the more independent small dog breeds. They also tend to be way less vocal than other small dogs. They will let you know if there's a visitor, but they aren't nuisance barkers. Their patient happy go lucky temperament makes them ideal for children and people of all ages and types. They are extremely playful little comedians they will play with every toy you get them and live to entertain you all day long, but will also drop everything instantly for a much-loved snuggle.
Health and Care - Our Tiny Teddys are very healthy compared to their purebred ancestors. This is partially due to the genetic diversity of being a mixed breed and their small stature. For families with allergies they are ideal. Their non-shedding and hypoallergenic coats are very low in dander. Regular brushing and the occasional trim is required to keep their coat in top shape. A neglected coat can become matted. Cleaning of teeth and ears on a regular basis is important for over all health especially after swimming and bathing will keep away tartar and grime.
Butterscotch - Check out this big rock I found!
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