We share a wondrous Vancouver Island life with our Zuchon companions. Our dogs (aka the puppy's parents) appreciate our outdoor adventures as much as we do. On the flip side, they are just as happy to lay by our side enjoying a good Netflix n Chill night. They enjoy various activities and interests, including swimming with a natural love of water from a very early age. Our adults are our personal forever cherished companions. Living a life of love, freedom and fulfillment by our side, tagging along everywhere we go as our adored companions!
Below we have included each parent's photo gallery. Including those yet to be a parent and our retired parents, with a write-up describing each parent in addition to our Tiny Teddy Bear traits outlined within our breed info page. Which covers their beauty, flawless health history, exceptionally healthy bloodlines, therapy, service and emotional support, suitable temperaments and training abilities, amazing dispositions, affectionate personalities, size & body type etc., as outlined on our Tiny Teddy Breed Info page.
We are commonly asked if we have a "guardian program." We do not support the guardian-home practice for numerous reasons. Quality control, behaviour, traits, nutrition, prenatal care, postnatal care are just a few reasons. The reasoning behind guardianship programs is primarily is used to produce a high volume of puppies. That is not who we are. We are all about ethics and quality, not quantity! Our passion as responsible, ethical breeding for the advancement of only high-quality Zuchons and ethically producing a limited amount of puppies is also why we do not stud out our males. Another reason would be the plethora of diseases that could be transmitted to our dogs and their puppies that we have kept in perfect health and condition at all times for 2 decades. Such as CHV or Canine Herpes Virus for just one example among many devastating transmitted viruses. Quality control is paramount for the complete and long-term health of the parent dogs and their puppies. Guardianship is known to be a terrifying experience for an expectant mom to endure. From over 35 years of personal experience in breeding, we know that caring for our moms (who we love dearly) is paramount in creating our exceptional puppies. Removing the expectant mom from her support system of the humans she loves, trusts and relies on most during such a monumental sensitive time is proven to be a highly stressful and confusing process, with concerns raised regarding the traumatic behaviour upon the dam's return home as a very different dog. For example, it is commonly known a dog's devotion runs so deep they will pause labour to wait for their people. To be honoured with such a deep gesture of love, trust and loyalty, is an amazing and beautiful responsibility. There is a lot to do to ensure mom's happiness and puppy's continued progress as they emulate everything they can from mom for the next 8 to 9 weeks, even stress. For Mike and I, it's a full-time responsibility and dedication 24/7, 365 days a year, to ensure perfection.
Nootka is one of the sweetest, kindest souls one could ever have the pleasure of encountering. Her gentle nature and friendly, outgoing Teddy Bear personality shines through, drawing constant attention everywhere she goes. Nootka loves all types of doggy gameplay, incorporating her charming, playful ways in everything she does. Nootka is confident, intelligent, and personable. She is a caring and loving dog, easy to train and an absolute joy to raise, constantly dazzling us with her sparkly personality.
She is passionate about travelling, looking forward to the indicators we are hitting the road soon or heading out on the water. Her love of long cuddle sessions, being attentive to her people, and her playfulness is the essence of our true Teddy Bear Zuchon dogs. Her personality creates pure happiness and delight for all in her presence, human and dog alike. She makes every day a pleasure and blessing.
Our beloved Koda is a natural leader who all magnetically follow and emulate. With her pragmatic, courteous, gentle, calm and generous nature, she quickly found her happy place as the caretaker and guardian of us all. When she's not engaged in a game of play or chase, she can be found overseeing her kingdom and subjects (aka people). Koda loves adventure and water activities, playing in the river or running full out down the beach. Koda is a charming sweetheart, always happy and so affectionate. Anyone lucky enough to be charmed by Koda instantly falls in love with her the instant she makes eye contact. Koda, as Zuchons are well known for, rarely barks and only if it's warranted. When it comes to intelligence, she has an exceptional ability to learn and pick up on new commands quickly and always eager to please with her tail wagging and a skip in her step.
Sig is a sweet gentle-natured sociable guy who charms anyone he meets, flaunting his playful personality, always ready to engage in fun and games and loves a good game of fetch. He enjoys outdoor adventures, exploring nature and trekking along on woodland trails. He's a naturally skilled swimmer taking every opportunity to plunge into lakes, rivers, ocean and swimming pools.
Sig is a brilliant boy in all sense of the word. He takes instantly to new commands, always following them through and enjoys learning new skills. Sig rarely barks unless warranted and stops when requested. Sig loves to sit with us for snuggles, flopping himself on our laps, throwing back his head, exposing his belly, asking for a belly rub or sitting upright like a human with his head snuggled into the crook of the neck. He is beyond adorable and brings so much love, joy and laughter to everyone he meets. He is the perfect example of what Zuchons are known for, with his characteristics, combined with the wonderful Tiny Teddy traits provided on our breed info page.
Ember is a calm, quiet, very snuggly dog. Although she loves to play, she is just as content to lay at your feet. Her gentle, loving nature draws people to her. She loves the attention she receives with her dazzling personality, and she gets a lot. She enjoys her beauty sleep and does not enjoy the whole getting up earlier than her typical rise and shine time thing, trying the "just 5 more minutes mom" routine, waiting for us to call her with a "time to get up Emby." and she saunters out by the time we start our morning routine. Then she likes to get her "good morning" rubs and hugs before she's off to start her day. Her sweetness and devotion set the tone for a great day to follow. Everything Ember does is delightful. As our self-appointed adorable little shadow, she enjoys keeping tabs on her people and following us around with genuine interest in our activities while remaining independent and confident without being needy, just interested. Our dogs being so personable, enjoy engaging in our activities, even if it's just laundry. She rarely barks unless there is someone at the door. She is highly intelligent, picking up on new training and commands quickly. Being such a comical and entertaining dog, she lights with pride of a job well done when her hilarious antics make us laugh. Her comedy knows no bounds! Joining into one of her amusing conversations with her own version of people language is just as comical Her wonderful traits make for an excellent family-friendly dog who is eager to please.
Jiggy, our playful silly little carefree girl, puts her quick, athletic skills and intelligence into playtime and everything she does. She loves her massive collection of toys and picks a different one every time unless we ask for one specifically, then she lights up and returns with her prize. She wins the award for best at the "keep away game" with the dogs and her "bet you can't grab my toy before I do" game that she plays with us. Dangling her toy just out of our reach. Nudging her toy inch by inch closer to our hand, encouraging us to throw it for her, just so she can grab it right before we do, run away and repeat. Even though we know, it's a trap. She's just too cute not to fall for it every time. Jiggy is as loving and affectionate as she is fun and always up for a good snuggle. She is good-natured towards all things and devoted to her humans. Our little sweetheart would follow us anywhere. She loves to travel and explore as our dogs do and always eager to please. She has been a beautiful, very lovable, old soul dog to raise.
Jumba, our little charmer! You can almost see him smile with the pride of being adored everywhere he goes. He is a playful, happy cheery, outgoing, and super friendly guy. Jum is pure sweetness, love and devotion. He loves to hang out close by and enjoys sitting on our laps for some loving rubs or combing while chilling out. If he's looking for extra affection, he will sit upright like a person and snuggle in the nook of our necks. It's also his go-to party trick that he is quite proud to show off. When it's playtime, though, look out! He likes to turn it up! He is as athletic as they come. He loves walking, hiking, boating, quadding, swimming, gardening, running and bounding with flair and speed. He is always up for all fun and games in an instant. He is our almost human sidekick, always curious about what we are doing and always ready to help. He makes everything the day holds fun and interesting. We haven't returned a toy from the dryer to the toy box in years! See Jumbas hilarious laundry video below. Jumba demonstrates such high intelligence he always impresses us with his ability to understand and follow through with even the most complicated commands, knows hundreds of words, knows his toys by name and retrieves each by request. He is always patient, tolerant and giving to others. Even when his favourite toy gets nabbed before his very eyes, he will look at us as if to say "you see that" and then simply move forward in finding another toy with his tail held high, wagging like crazy at his great fortune in finding an even better toy for our game of toss. He is a marvel of unconditional love and devotion.
Orcas is a delightful, highly skilled little charmer. She will follow us anywhere with a genuine interest in our activities and tagging along. She is highly observant of her surroundings, taking every opportunity to walk on the edge of rocks, bridges, dock anywhere she can get a better view. She always shows off her friendly social manners on our walks, greeting all and receiving plenty of attention in return. Summertime walks are her favourite. She loves fresh blackberries and will sit at blackberry bushes, waiting for a snack. She has unbeatable speed with mind-blowing swimming and deep-dive retrieval skills. The Orcas Islands inspired her name, and her resemblance in colouring to the Orca whale turned out to be more fitting than we realized at the time. She loves to fetch as much as she loves the water. Being so skilled and focused, she is usually the first to catch and return the ball. She will also be front and center for the ball launcher sessions, intently watching for the ball to come down the launch line. She loves her toys and digging through one of our many toy boxes to find a favourite stuffed animal, ball, or tug-o-war toy with lots of cuddles and hanging out in between. Orcas are pure sweetness and dedication, with the gentle, calm, patient personality towards other animals and people that our Shichons are known for. She spends her retirement, loved to bits, enjoying her favourite activities, in her home with her pals, endlessly entertaining us without ever having the stress and worry of being rehomed. We truly love our dogs. As a permanent part of our family, they have our complete dedication at all times.
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