Teddy Bear Dog Rescue

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    4 Apr, 2016

    Teddy Bear Dog Rescue

    We get a number of enquiries about teddy bear puppy dog rescue so I thought I would post some information about finding a rescue puppy and giving it a new home.

    You can find all breeds of puppies available to rescue. Unfortunately some owners who thought they were ready to own a puppy turn out not to be at the right stage of their life to do so. These puppies will then find themselves unwanted and looking for a new owner to love them!

    Questions To Ask Yourself First Before Rescuing a Teddy Bear Dog

    So you’d like to a adopt a teddy bear puppy dog? Great!

    But are you really ready to own a dog? Let’s consider the following questions:

    1. Do I have the money to look after a dog? Vet bills, food, toys? These can really add up over the course of a dog’s lifetime.
    2. Can I realistically make the time to look after a dog? Puppies need extra care due to training, let alone all the playtime sessions. Plus they need their walks!
    3. What does my future look like over the next 10 years? Moving homes, or even moving countries could come to great expense and as cute and fluffy as they are now, you need to love and care for them like a parent all the way through their life. And they won’t be moving out of home at some point either!
    4. Will I be home enough to care for them? If you travel a lot, who will look after your dog while you are gone? You can pay for this service from someone like a dog walker but it generally does not come cheap.
    5. How much space do I have? Dogs need space. Duh! Teddy bear dogs need less space but they still are energetic and if you rent, your strata may have rules around dogs living there with you. Most important to remember, all puppies grow up to be bigger dogs (yes obviously some bigger than others!) but wouldn’t you hate to be that person taking the dog to a shelter because you do not have room for them any more?
    6. Lastly, do I really, really want to adopt a dog? It sounds like a silly question, but people want to adopt dogs for a variety of different reasons so best you think honestly about what yours is. Why don’t you pop your reason below in the comments? You need to make sure your reason isn’t one that is going to change over the next 5 to 20 years. Your dog will become (some say the best) part of your family! So it needs to be a resilient and perpetual reason.

    Where To Adopt a Teddy Bear Dog From?

    Okay, so you’ve ticked YES to all the questions above. Fantastic! Next up, where would you like to acquire your new family member from?

    Rescue group

    A rescue group, or “breed rescue group” is generally a few animal lovers who care for dogs and other pets in either kennels or in their own homes. Some groups specialise in particular breeds of dog so you might try one of these such groups if you are looking for a particular breed to rescue.

    Local dog shelter

    A shelter may be run by a large organisation such as the ASPCA or RSPCA or locally individually run. Some are large with many kennels and some very small, but the key is that these amazing charities take in pets from the pound or the street or who have been surrendered. The animals have nowhere else to go and the shelter will act as an intermediary between someone like yourself looking for a new family pet and the big bad world.

    The shelter will also screen potential new dog owners to check that they are a good match for the temperament and personality of the animal and yourself and your lifestyle. They can help with advice around immunisations and vaccinations too.

    Online via websites such as petfinder.com or http://www.adoptapet.com/dog-adoption (who advertise shelter dogs from all over the country)
    Such websites allow you to look more broadly than the pets in your own local shelter, for example if you are after a specific breed.


    A pound is the first place a stray or seized pet generally ends up after being taken in by rangers on behalf of a local council. You might like to adopt a pet from the pound, however you will likely not get any idea about the dog’s temperament or suitability to your own from the staff there.

    Teddy bear dog breeds may be found via one of the above means meaning you don’t need to visit a breeder to find your perfect partner. You may just save a dog’s life along the way too!

    Breeds of Rescue Teddy Bear Puppy Dogs

    You may already have the type of dog in mind that you’d like to adopt. You could find a Sichon (Shih Tzu and a Bichon Frise) or one of the various hybrids between similar breeds such as Shih Tzu, Bichon Frise, Schnauzers, Toy poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Yorkshire Terries, and Daschunds. You may also like to rescue a Pomeranian teddy bear puppy dog or rescue a Goldendoodle, which are one of the most popular teddy bear puppies. 

    Bichon Frisé Teddy Bear Puppy
    Bichon Frisé

    To be honest though, if you take the time to visit a shelter with the right motives, with all your pre-conceived ideas about what breed of pooch you would like you will likely form an attachment with a helpless pup in there that you fall in love with regardless of their pedigree. These dogs are closer to euthanization than freedom, so give them all a chance and be clear and honest about your reasons for selecting them and you will both be better off as a result!

    Brighten your day by checking out some more puppy pics.




    1. Connie Earhart

      I looking for a female, small dog puppy. Would like one with several colors. Thanks

    2. My reasons are founded. I had 4 poodles from the time they were pups. They all have passed except the last one. Had them all at the same time, they were from the same breeder. The oldest we had since 1999, and we had to put her down last year, she had lost her sight and hearing. One lost his teeth and developed a melanoma so we put him down. Our dogs could talk to us. The smallest developed a liver problem and was too small, 3 lbs, to recover. The last one wil be 15 this year. He has lost his teeth and beginning of cataracts. Using meds for that. Poodles tend to lose their sight and teeth late in life. So we will be looking for another puppy. Not immediately.

      • puppymaster

        It’s definitely a sad time for your family when your pooches get older and start to go blind and lose their teeth. However they still know where their home is and have just as much love for you as they ever did. Best of luck with a new puppy when you are ready to take that step.

    3. maria lydick

      i would like moere info on teddy bear dogs for rescue

    4. Sue Brenner

      I currently have a five year old Shih Tzu. She lost her best friend about 18 months ago. I have been looking for a new best friend for her. Last weekend my son, who lives in Minnesota, sent me a picture of his new roommate. Max is a 10 week old Teddy Bear puppy. I had never heard of these cuties. So began my search. I live in New Mexico and I can’t find any puppies here or in CO. Can you help me locate a breeder in either state? My little one is so lonely and sleeps all day. I really need to find her a companion.

      • puppymaster

        Hi Sue, I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. How about you head to Spirit Mesa Toys in Albuquerque – they have some new Maltipoo puppies from the looks of it (Maltese cross poodle)!

    5. Linda Nevard

      I am looking for a teddy bear breeder on the east coast of Florida . Any recommendations

    6. Sadie Ripley

      My husband and I and 3 boys are in search of a teddy bear puppy (sichon, Zuchon). We have waited until now to look for a puppy as our boys are finally ready. We live in Grand Forks, North Dakota. We have tried a couple times to get in the waiting list for a batch of puppies in South Dakota but we haven’t had any luck. We would ideally be interested in a male puppy, who is exceptionally well with our children. Our oldest boy has some developmental delays and the puppy is ideally being sought after as a long-term companion for him. He is afraid of jumpy dogs but adores mild-mannered dogs who want to play fetch, go on walks, and snuggle. I am allergic to most dogs that shed so we have been very particular about the breed of dog.

    7. Desiree Young

      In December of this year, I want to add a gorgeous little dog to my home with the 2 little dogs I have now (a Shnorkie and a Maltese). Where in the Houston, Texas would one fine a Rescue Teddy Bear breeder? Thanks.

    8. Pamela s martin

      I am looking for a teacup or mini female dog. Can’t afford the $300-$600 expense. Any ideas

      • puppymaster

        Hi Pamela, I’d suggest you save up or keep scouting around for a rescue dog. They will bring much joy too your life if you do.

    9. Hi, I’m very interested In rescuing a teddy bear puppy, I live in Cincinnati, could you help me find a rescue in my area, that deals with mini teddy bear puppies!!!

    10. Hello my wife and I currently have a mixed Coton puppy we had now for 12 years he’s still very young at heart and loves to play my wife and I recently purchased our Dream Home and have a nice backyard fenced and I’m looking for a best friend companion for our puppy Corky is well-maintained very well-mannered not aggressive at all if anyone out there to help us in rescuing a Sichon teddy bear puppy we would appreciate your help thank you

    11. I need a to be part of my family.
      We are two adults ages 46 & 49. We have a 19 year old son living with us.
      We currently live in an apartment.
      This dog would be indoors. We would like to teach it many ways to play. It would be part of my emotional support support.
      Quick learner is preferred.
      What breed would you say is best for us?
      I would like a teddy bear dog.
      They seem snugly n playful.
      Thank you.

      • Hi Barbara,
        I would take a look at a Shih Tzu. They are hybrids and very small so they are likely to be smart and great indoors dogs. Definitely snugly and playful!

    12. Carla Modlin

      I was curious and Googled around and found your page and I want to take a moment to thank you for all of this wonderful information, pictures and videos. It is so nice that you took the time to put this together for the General Public. I have really found it very helpful. Thank you so much. I recently acquired a poodle from a friend who could no longer care for him. I am familiar with dogs in general because I’ve always owned one my whole life but I realize poodles are a bit different and require certain things. I am new to grooming and all of that sort of stuff LOL. My poodle’s name is toot toot and he is so precious. He is chocolate colored and I just gave him a bath last night and I do not know how to go about grooming him I wish there was a place I could put in a picture. Thank you for all of your help and all of this wonderful information it was most helpful.

      • Hi Carla, that’s so nice of you to say! I always love nice feedback, that’s really kind 🙂
        I’d love for you to send through a pic of your chocolate-colored Toot toot. Please do so to teddybearpuppydogs (at) gmail.com and we can post it up for everyone to enjoy!

    13. Alicia Givens

      Alicia says: My grandchild will be moving in a month​ and I will find myself alone, I’m sixty two yrs old and if anyone can show a little compassion and have a teddy bear dog they would like to find a loving home, I’m that person will give he or she a loving home.

    14. Hi. I live in Minnesota and looking for bichon frise. Any breeders North Country? Live on a lake with lots of space to roam. What a smuggler who plays well with other dogs

    15. Kathy cughlin

      I am in search of a mini or tea cup teddy bear puppy. Do you know of a rescue or breeder in the New England area?? I am having no luck. Can’t wait!!!

    16. Christal Dillard

      I’m looking for a rescue teddy bear because I recently fought cancer that spread to my bones. I think a rescue is a better option for me because there’s better chance that the dog is already house-trained which would be hard on me physically. What are your thoughts and is there a rescue in the Atlanta area that takes in teddy’s?

    17. Erin Sullivan

      Hi we are looking for a teddy bear Pomeranian with the smootched face preferably male and still a pup! I have two kids 12 and 8 and they are more then ready to love their own pup and so am I! I wanted to wait til they were old enough to help and for a lil responsibility cuz a pups a lot of work and we r ready! We have a fenced in back yard and a park down the street! We live in a little city outside of Boston please try to help us out PLEASE!

    18. looking to rescue a teddy bear puppy!! I have rescued dogs before that’s why I want to do it again if u could please let me know where I can rescue one!!!!!

    19. Question for puppy master. We have a three year old female Shichon who we love very much and would love to get her a companion. We love the breed. Are there any reliable breeders in the ny area.

    20. I am looking to rescue a small dog. Would love a Teddy Bear but will consider other types. Need to stay small so it can travel with me and my husband. I want to rescue rather than buy to help homeless dogs.

      • Hi Karen, that’s great of you. There are too many homeless dogs out there that need just your kind of help. Where are you located and we can point you in the right direction?

    21. Barbara Beechy

      I would love to rescue a teddy bear.. I am retired and we own our home. We so.travel.from Az to Indiana in May as we are snowbirds. Would like a male.

    22. Alicia DeSantis

      I have done my research, I would like to buy a tea cup teddy bear. A female preferably. I have had a bad experience with a breeder I found online in the past. We bought a pure bred English bull, and he was from a puppy mill. We didn’t know that of course, but he was crazy and we had to give him to a friend after 2 years of trying. I don’t want that to happen again. How do I find a reputable breeder within driving distance, so that I can be sure they are good dogs from a good person? I see sites online, but I don’t know how to be certain they are good breeders. Thank you for helping me find my perfect forever friend. My daughter and I can’t wait to meet her (or him)

      • Hi Alicia, I’m so sorry to hear about your past experience. What an awful situation you were in. Make sure you do your homework on breeders and read as many reviews as possible. As you say, ideally visit the breeder so you can check they are legit. Please let me know where you are located and I’ll see if we can recommend a breeder.

    23. Charla Britt

      Hi, We are a family with two girls (age 11 and 6) who are very gentle with animals. We have been considering dogs for several years and are ready to take the plunge as the girls are old enough and my husband has recently retired. We are interested in a young adult rescue with a mixed teddy bear-type dog that would be good with children and other dogs. We have visited the local SPCA and other local rescues (Peace of Mind and Animal Friends Rescue). We live in Monterey, CA. Please advise where we should look and/or the best strategy for doing so… Thank you! Charla

      • Hi Charla, that’s great that you are ready to take the plunge with a new member to your family! You certainly won’t regret it. Also, it sounds like you’ve done your research and you know what you want, but importantly, you are not being too picky. When it comes to rescue dogs, honestly, the best approach is to go to the rescue with an open mind. You and your new found pooch will likely form a connection there and then, and it may just surprise you!
        In terms of local rescues, how about the Salinas Animal Shelter? Perhaps “Parker” there is your new friend 🙂 Best of luck.

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