25 Dogs That Look Like Bears aka Teddy Bear Dogs

Is it a bear or a dog you're looking at? Just to be on the safe side - check out our list of 15 dog breeds that look awfully much like bears and discover these adorable dogs!

What do bears and dogs have in common, you ask yourself?

Sometimes more than you think, especially when it comes to these 25 dog breeds!

Take a look and see for yourself!

25. Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog

Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs are large, gentle and smart dogs that have been used for a long time as livestock guardians and shepherds in the Pyrenees mountain region of France and northern Spain.

They look similar to Golden Retrievers and Labradors, but are better watchdogs than these two breeds. Not only but they are also a larger breed and have fluffier coat. When the Great Pyrenees puppies are born, they all look like small teddybears that you would only want to cuddle with.

24. Bernedoodle

Bernese Mountain dogs already look quite teddybear-ish, but in combination with Poodles, they look like these big, fluffy, multicolor bears that you would love to cuddle with. Bernedoodle won’t only look like a small teddy bear while he’s a puppy, but he will keep his bear look even when he grows up.

This crossbreed is one of the most intelligent ones, since they combine the brains of two powerful breeds: Poodles and Bernese dogs. Although he will indeed be the star of the neighborhood because of his appearance, we’re sure that everyone will really fall in love with his beautiful personality.

23. Sheepadoodle

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Another Doodle puppy that unbelievably resembles bears! These puppies have amazing traits and can be medium or large sized dogs. Depending on their Old English Sheepdog parent they can grow to be really large dogs that won’t make the ideal apartment dogs.

However, although they might surprise you with their size, Sheepadoodles are also very popular because of their coat. Not only is it hypoallergenic and doesn’t shed almost at all, but also because of its colors. They are often called Panda dogs because of they can often have a patch of black or white coat over one or both of their eyes.

22. Miniature Golden Retriever

Miniature Golden Retriever, or so called, Comfort Retriever is a cuter, smaller version of a standard Golden Retriever. If you thought we finally moved away from Poodles, you’re wrong.

Miniature Golden Retrievers aren’t pure Golden Retrievers, but are crossed with Poodles. Sometimes they can also be crossed with Spaniels, but that often results in temperament problems. Their teddy bear look, alongside their practical size makes this dog a perfect solution for families with smaller homes.

21. Black Belgian Shepherd Puppy

Although they look more like black wolves when they grow up, Black Belgian Shepherds puppies resemble bears a lot. We’re sure that a mama bear would confuse it for her own kid.

We have to admit that out of all other teddy bear-like dogs, the Black Belgian Shepherd puppy is the most elegant one. However, don’t let their astonishing appearance fool you, they are filled with energy and will always be ready to play games.

20. Poochon

The Poochon is a wonderful cross between the bichon frisé and a toy poodle, that is also nicknamed as bichon poo or bichpoo. This lovely “doodle” crossbreed is so popular because of its friendly personality and his teddy bear looks.

They require a lot of attention and affection, and are usually highly sociable dogs that love spending time around his people. So, if you want to get yourself one cute poochon puppy, rest assured that he will soon be everyone’s favorite dog.

19. Cavachon

Small sized teddy bear like dogs are usually mixed with a breed of furry coat. So is the case for cavachons too. They are a mixture of cavaliers and bichons.

While their temperament might be less cuddly than one of a poochon, they will surely be full with energy and will try to entertain you with their impressive tricks.

18. Pomchi

Pomchi is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua. They are utterly cute, toy dogs with a determined personality. Pomchis are super protective of their owners and will do anything to protect you from potential dangers (even though they wouldn’t really be able to).

When they are puppies, they have this teddy bear-like appearance. But as soon as they grow into their adult size, they get more of the Chihuahua look.

17. Cavapoo

Ooops, it looks like all Doodle crossbreeds look like teddy bears when they are puppies! Thanks Poodle genes! This one is similar to the Cavachon, only that instead of the Bichon, the Cavalier Spaniel is mixed with a Poodle!

These dogs have a loving and careful nature, and they are exceptionally friendly towards other people and children. Cavapoos come in many colors and can be up to 14 inches tall. However, their final adult size depends on the type of Poodle they are crossed with.

16. Australian Labradoodle Puppy

If you want a bigger sized dog that still looks like a tiny bear when he’s small, then you might want to check out the Australian Labradoodle. These pups have an outstanding personality and are the most lovable pets to whoever can provide them with enough exercise.

This lovely breed is a result of crossing 6 different breeds: Poodles, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Curly Coat Retrievers, American Cocker Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel.

15. Bouvier des Flandres Puppy

bouvier des flandres puppy

This old breed, originating from the Flanders region, is famous for being excellent for guarding and as a watchdog, but also for being a loving family dog.

Full grown Bouvier des Flandres is a giant, strong, black long haired and bearded dog with a bark that can freeze the bones. A Bouvier puppy, on the other hand, looks like a cute, tiny bear rather than a future dog.

14. Chow-Chow

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Unique in so many ways, the Chinese Chow Chow, aside from having a blue tongue and distinctive head and coat features, looks like a small bear in many stages of its life.

Chow puppies look like bear babies, especially the black ones, and the bear-likeness remain even with full-grown adult Chow Chow dogs.

13. Poodle Puppies

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The only creature a full grown, groomed poodle can resemble is maybe another poodle. Poodle puppies, however, are a whole different story.

Poodle puppies, especially the apricot ones, resemble vintage teddy-bears so much that you can’t be sure which one is a poodle and which one a toy.

12. Eurasier Puppies

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The Eurasier, or the Eurasian dog, is a member of the Spitz family, originating from Germany. This middle-sized dog makes an excellent family pet, but it stays reserved towards strangers.

Although adult Eurasiers look like dogs and nothing else, Eurasier puppies, especially the dark ones (all colors are permitted by the standard) look like tiny bears.

11. Akita Puppies

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Before their ears straighten up and they get those distinctive fox-like facial features, Akita puppies look pretty much like baby bears when they’re still tiny fur balls.

The legs are far from long and gracious they will later become, so the bear-like appearance is enriched with goofy, bearlike walking all young puppies share.

Moreover, Akita Inu is often the choice of busy people because they tolerate being alone during the day.

10. Pomeranians

pomeranian spitz

Pomeranians can hardly be viewed as dogs, when it comes to appearance, although they are most definitely dogs when it comes to character.

However, Pomeranians tend to look like small, fluffy versions of baby bears, especially as puppies, both appearance and attitude-wise, as well as by bear-like movement while very young.

9. Keeshond And American Eskimo Spitz Mix

keeshond and american eskimo spitz mix

A Keeshond mixed with an American Eskimo Spitz gives, as the photo illustrates – a baby bear!

Neither of these two breeds actually reminds of a bear as the dog reaches adult age (actually, they both look like a fox a bit), but at the young fur ball age, a Keeshond Eskimo baby can easily pass as a lost baby bear.

8. Caucasian Ovcharka

caucasian ovcharka

Commonly bred as a guard and watchdog in Eastern Europe and Russia, Caucasian Ovcharka is a giant dog breed, originally used to defend the farms and herds from bears and wolfs in Caucasian Mountains.

Adult Ovcharkas are huge, grayish mid-length hair dogs, and their chubby, fluffy puppies look just like little bears.

7. Samoyed Puppies

Before they get their overgrown polar-fox looks, Samoyed puppies don’t have as pointy faces and are generally much chubbier and fur ball-like.

Looking more like hairy snowflakes than actual dogs, Samoyed puppies resemble the polar-bear babies, with only dark eyes and nose to tell which side of the pup is in question.

6. Tibetan Mastiff Puppies

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Given the size, an adult Tibetan Mastiff seen from a distance could pass for a bear. But, when it comes to their fluffiness and chunkiness as puppies – these are the characteristics they share with baby bears.

Those huge paws indicate just how gigantic the puppy will grow to be, but they also add up nicely to the general bear-baby appearance.

5. Golden Doodle Pup

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Incredibly popular for both great character and overall cuteness, Golden Doodle pups took over the internet when someone noticed the resemblance between golden doodle pups and retro teddy-bear toys.

Really, look at him – the color, those round black eyes – was the teddy bear designed after a puppy maybe?

4. German Shepherd, Akita and Corgi Mix Puppy

german shepherd akita and corgi mix puppy

This particular puppy literally looks like a baby-black bear. Such an amazing mix of these three breeds involved can’t turn out bad, right?

Semi-grown pointy ears, round eyes, chubby cheeks, and the color really leads one to believe that what he is seeing is not a puppy but a baby bear that got confused and tends to bark.

3. Alaskan Malamute Puppy

alaskan malamute puppy

As they get older, Alaskan malamutes get more and more wolf-like. But, at some point of their puppy days, Alaskan Malamute babies, especially the chubbier ones, seems to have some bear traits.

Given all the fluffiness, their huge paws and cheeks, these puppies really look as if they will grow up to be elegant, white and grey bears. Alaskan malamutes are often compared to Siberian husky.

2. Sarplaninac Puppy

sarplaninac puppy

Sarplaninac puppies, the breed used as guard and herding dogs, protecting herds from wolfs and bears, could easily be mistaken for small bears.

All fluffy, chubby and grayish – they really give the impression that they might be lost bear babies. Huge paws that are characteristic for all giant breeds add up to the picture as well.

1. Newfoundlander


Huge paws, fluffy coat, round dark eyes, chubby cheeks, and general chubbiness – a Newfoundlander puppy can pass for a black bear baby with no trouble at all.

Adult Newies, given how big they are, seen seated from the certain distance could also confuse one into running in the opposite direction or playing dead as well!