Teddy bears quickly became popular all over the world, especially in the US where the name Teddy originated. Notably, France, Japan and Australia all began and continue to manufacture bears.
Ideal was the first company to make teddy bears in the United States. Its founder, Morris Michtom, is said to have taken his inspiration from the Clifford Berryman cartoon of Theodore Roosevelt failing to shoot a bear cub, to make his first bear. Ideal bears are characterised by their triangular shaped heads, and they have been producing the same style of bear for several decades.
Other well-known American companies include Knickerbocker, Applause, Gund and the North American Bear Co, famous for their unusual character bears of famous people. The younger teddy bear companies in the US, such as Dakin, Eden and Russ Berrie all manufacture their bears in the Far East.
French bears can be identified by their short bristle mohair, their simple jointing and their colourful ear linings. Although they are relatively easy to identify it is often difficult to say what company made them. Two of best known are M Pintel Fils and Fadap, both of whom ceased production in the 1970s. Other European companies like Berg in Austria were more successful and are still making bears today.
Australia is well known for producing soft toy versions of the koala. However, companies such as Joy Toys are also noted for making the more traditional bears. One feature common to Australian bears is a neck without a joint. In Japan, teddy bear manufacture has tended to focus on novelty and mechanical bears, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s.