Making the decision to adopt a teddy bear dog is not a difficult one. How could you resist a dog that looks like a fluffy bear? Having one will also make you a popular person. Everyone you meet will want to stop you to pet your irresistibly cute dog!
Teddy bear dog breeds all share the same qualities of big eyes, round heads and fluffy, soft fur. They also have a happy smile and are always ready to cuddle! But, not all breeds have the same personality, energy level or friendliness.
Below, we have picked 21 of our favorite teddy bear dogs and have described their adorable appearance. We also share some fun facts about their lovely personalities and where they came from. Keep reading to find dogs that look like teddy bears.
21 Dogs That Look Like Teddy Bears
The Schnoodle is an irresistibly cute mixed breed dog that is bred by crossing a Poodle and a Schnauzer. Schnauzers come in miniature, standard, and giant while Poodles come in teacup, miniature, and standard. This means that the height and weight of Schnoodles can vary greatly.
These sweet dogs have a small, round face, brown eyes, and magnificent curls that make them look just like teddy bears. Some Schnoodles keep the gray and white coloring of a Schnauzer, so they look just like an old-man teddy bear!
Schnoodles are goofy dogs that are loved for their joyful personality and energy. They are affectionately called the Schnoodle 500 after their famous short bursts of energy. This spurt of liveliness involves running in circles repeatedly until they tire themselves out!
2. Bichon Poodle
From puppy to adulthood, the Bichon Poodle remains a permanent teddy bear dog that is soft and sweet to cuddle with! Their curly fur, tiny, black nose, and small, black eyes make them adorable.
This puppy has a beautiful personality and fits well into any home because of their overwhelming kindness. They are loving and patient with children, but even more in love with their adult owners who they will faithfully follow around all day long.
Bichon Poodles are often called a variety of nicknames, including the Poochon, Bichpoo, and Bichon Poo. All of these different names are just about as cute as the Bichon Poodle itself. These little dogs also come with a bark! Be prepared to hear them talk often.
3. Mini Goldendoodle
The Mini Goldendoodle is a dog that looks like a teddy bear for its entire life! The golden curls, happy smile, and small, dark button nose make these teddy bear dogs very cute. Unlike the Mini Australian Shepherd, Mini Goldendoodles never lose their teddy bear appearance.
Apart from being undeniably adorable, the Mini Goldendoodle makes the perfect family dog. The kind personality of both the Golden Retriever and the Poodle makes this breed friendly and outgoing with everyone they meet. They are also very gentle with children.
4. Mini Australian Shepherd
Mini Australian Shepherds have short legs and small bodies like a cute bear cub. They also have round faces, button noses, short snouts, and tiny, floppy ears that a teddy bear is well known for having.
These miniature versions of the energetic Australian Shepherd are practically a bear cub as puppies. These cute dogs may not look like teddy bears when they get older. But, when they are pups… the difference between them and a teddy bear is hard to spot.
Interestingly, the Mini Australian Shepherd actually comes from California! The first breeder to produce these dogs was Australian, hence their name.
Labradoodles were first bred to be service dogs for blind people with allergies. This line of service dog is called the Australian Labradoodle and is still used today for this purpose.
These beautiful dogs have very human like eyes that seem to watch everything… especially a falling snack! The overwhelming amount of curls that Labradoodles have is what gives them their giant teddy bear appearance. Their happy faces also make them just like a teddy bear dog.
Labradoodles are one of the most popular designer dogs and are loved by many. They are the ultimate family dog and instantly fall in love with everyone they meet. They will dutifully take care of children while also snuggling up to older adults.
The Yorkipoo is a mix of Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle. The Yorkipoo’s tightly wound curls, small body, and big floppy ears make them the perfect teddy bear dog. Yorkipoos have the coat of a Poodle and the tan and black color from Yorkshire Terriers.
Are you starting to realize, if you cross any dog breed with a Miniature Poodle, you are going to end up with a tiny teddy bear dog?!
Although these dogs are incredibly sweet, they love to hear the sound of their own bark. These dogs will bark at just about anything that moves. Be prepared to have your house filled with noise.
Cavapoos are a cute hybrid that were created by crossing a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and a Miniature Poodle. Cavapoos have lots of curls, a fluffy round face, and a tiny body that gives them their teddy bear appearance.
If you decide to bring a Cavapoo home, expect to shower them with love! These dogs do not like to be ignored and demand constant attention. They are very people oriented.
Cavapoos come in many different colors like cream, chestnut, gold, chocolate, and white. However, the brown Cavapoo definitely looks like a teddy bear dog.
The Pomchi is a mix of the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua. This dog has the long, gorgeous fur of a Pomeranian on a small body of a Chihuahua. Their tiny body and long, fluffy fur are what give them teddy bear dog status.
Pomchis are adorable teacup dogs. It is possible to hold them in your hands and snuggle them, just like you would a teddy bear. Although tiny, these dogs pack a lot of personality. They are sassy, difficult to train and love to yap. They will probably be loyal and protective over one family member.
Bolognese dogs are incredibly sweet and affectionate with everyone they meet. They are devoted lap dogs who often become therapy dogs because they have so much love to give.
The Bolognese often looks more like a frizzy bundle of white fur than an actual dog. Their fur is exceptionally soft and feels like pure cotton that you will want to pet constantly. You will want to cuddle them all day long too!
Unfortunately, these dogs can be quite stubborn. They need an owner with training experience and the ability to ignore their cute, teddy bear eyes.
10. Golden Mountain Dog
The lovely Golden Mountain Dog is a mix between the Golden Retriever and the Bernese Mountain Dog. As puppies, these dogs are just like teddy bears with black and brown fur. They have tiny paws and little, beautiful eyes like that of a bear.
As they grow up, they turn into much bigger teddy bears that look like Golden Retrievers. Their face and long fur are all distinctly Golden Retriever, but they still have the traditional brown, black, and white coat of a Bernese Mountain Dog.
11. Teacup Pomeranian
Teacup Pomeranians are one of the ultimate tiny teddy bear dog breeds because they are just tiny puffballs. These dogs are extremely affectionate and will gladly soak up all the love you want to give them!
These dogs have the appearance of a cotton ball, eagerly running around the dog park. Their paws, nose, eyes, mouth, and ears are all irresistibly small. It will make you want to cuddle them forever.
The only downside to teacup Pomeranians, and any teacup dog, is their health. Breeders often mate the runts of their litters and use practices that are not always safe. This results in dogs who are small and cute, but sometimes weak and unhealthy.
The Cockapoo was one of the first ‘designer’ dogs and was bred in the 1960s. Cocker Spaniels and Poodles were mixed to produce a hypoallergenic dog that is incredibly sweet and joyful. They have consistently been one of the most popular mixed breeds for years.
These teddy bear dogs often look like walking teddy bears with tight golden curls that cover their whole body. Thanks to these golden curls their teddy bear appearance is obvious from the moment they are born.
Cockapoos can come in a variety of sizes including teacup, toy, miniature and standard. All of these sizes are quite small due to their Cocker Spaniel parent.
13. Bichon Frise
Bichon Frises are incredibly sweet white dogs who fit well into any type of family that is looking for a teddy bear dog. If they are given the ‘teddy bear cut’ they will look like white teddy bears! When allowed to grow their hair long, they are like walking clouds.
The Bichon Frise has a tiny little smile and pillowy, soft fur that stands in tufts. It is really no wonder why many people often mistake these dogs for teddy bears. Due to their elegant appearance this breed is very popular in the show ring.
14. Chow Chow
These giant dogs are more actual bear than teddy bear!
Chow Chows may not be small like a teddy bear, but all of their other features are like a bear! Their impressive mane of fur and rounded ears make them look like a big teddy bear. They also have squishy faces that make them even cuter than you can imagine.
Despite looking like the perfect cuddly companion, Chow Chows have a very regal personality. They are difficult to train, and often do not waste their time fawning over their owners.
15. Red Golden Retriever
The Red Golden Retriever is not a separate dog breed. It is simply a red version of the standard Golden Retriever. Their cute faces and long, deep mahogany fur are magnificent to see. These dogs truly are a beautiful breed.
Red Golden Retrievers are too big to be considered a teddy bear dog, but they do look like bears, especially as puppies. They have the same deep red fur that most teddy bears have and they are impossible to resist!
Samoyeds were first bred to be hard-working sled dogs in Siberia. Although they are now beloved family pets, they still have this boisterous energy.
They are known for their pointy ears, snow white fur, and goofy smiles that are permanently stuck on their faces. Their joyful smiles reflect the happy attitude of these friendly dogs.
Samoyeds are covered from head to toe in a white fluff. They are so small as puppies and look just like little polar bear cubs. As they age, Samoyeds are still equally as beautiful.
The Eurasier looks more like a wolf than a bear, but as puppies they are just little teddy bears in disguise. They have tiny little snouts and their furry coats make them cuddle monsters you will want to hold on to forever.
Eurasier dogs are not very popular in the United States, but they are very well known in Germany and Switzerland. These lazy dogs would much prefer to be couch potatoes than do any exercise.
18. Tibetan Mastiff
Is it a lion? A bear? A pile of fur? When looking at a Tibetan Mastiff it is difficult to even identify one. They are big piles of fluff that do not look like dogs at all. They are giant five-foot fluffy dogs!
Despite their intimidating size, Tibetan Mastiffs just want to be loved on and cuddled by their owners. They are fiercely loyal and want to be with you at all times.
The Barbet is another giant teddy bear dog breed that is covered entirely with stringy, tight curls. These curls can come in black, white or brown and are often pulled into a bun on the top of their head. Their extremely round faces and stubby, thick legs make them look identical to a teddy bear.
Barbets are an ancient breed that is an athlete at heart. They are talented swimmers, excellent hunting dogs and professional fetch players that can catch a frisbee with perfect accuracy.
20. Silver Lab
Silver Labs are a color variation of the Labrador Retriever. These dogs have a genetic mutation that causes a chocolate lab to turn silver. Although their color is beautiful, their breed standard says this color is a serious fault.
Adult Silver Labs are not teddy bear dogs. But, Silver Lab puppies have a resemblance to teddy bears. These puppies have gray fur and big, soft eyes. Their fur is also soft and 100% huggable.
21. Akita Inu
Akita Inus are Japanese dogs that look like a blow dried Shiba Inu! Their fur is orange, fluffy and thick, making them look more teddy bear and less dog. They have pointy, alert ears and a happy little smile that is constantly curved upwards.
The most famous Akita Inu was Hachiko. Hachiko became famous in Japan in the 1920s when he waited at a train station for nine years for his owner to return after he had died in an accident. The loyalty and bravery of Akita Inus has been adored ever since.
Let us know in the comments below, which one of these dogs is most teddy-bear like!