Habibi Bears are a healthy breed. All breeds are subject to certain disease that can many times be avoided with preventative care.
Habibi's are a very intuitive breed. They do not respond well to 'yelling' or aggressive training. Excessive force CAN encourage a Habibi Bear to become defensive and eventually act out. Please do not use any aggressive techniques with your dog, as they will mistake this as a threat and can react with fear and return this aggression with fear biting or cower in fear. This is an extremely intuitive and intelligent breed. Always use positive reinforcement and training.
Umbilical hernias are common. This is from birth when the mother pulls on the cord. It is not to be considered a fault. If you puppy has a hernia, it can be repaired during the spay/neuter procedure. It is not a life threatening issue, and fairly common in ALL breeds. Many close up on their own, if you rub and apply pressure to the area throughout the day.
We have not had any patella issues with the adult dogs, but it is common for small breed dogs to injure their knees from excessive jumping or exercise while they are growing. Do not allow your Habibi to jump on and off the furniture, especially with hardwood floors, or out of the back of your trucks as this can injure your dog' knees, or injure the growth plates. A lesson about this is featured in the Habibi University Portal for our adoptive families!
As with all dogs with drop ears, it is imperative to keep them clean of debris. Habibi Bears can grow excessive hair in their ear canals, that will require removal to keep the area clean. When cleaning the ears, be sure to dry the completely with drying powder so yeast doesn't grow.
We have found that feeding our dogs a quality food (Life's Abundance) has completely eradicated any skin issues in our dogs. Most ear and skin issues are related to allergies.
A majority of Habibi Bear puppies will have underbites, it is not considered a fault, as it is part of the round head, lending to the adorable Habibi Bear expression.
This is in the background of the breed, however rare. Usually massaging the area will help it the eyelid flip back into place. A small surgery will repair this, we recommend our own vets for this, as they have experience and high success rates without the exorbitant fees of specialists whose new procedures have proven to not be as successful. Click to read an article about cherry eye massage
Tear staining is common with many breed dogs, especially noticeable with white or apricot coats. The cause more than likely is the PH level, and there is really no rhyme or reason to who will have this. Within a litter there can be puppies with or without-- or it can develop later in life due to allergies. Usually more noticeable when puppy is teething, or if the hair is touching their eyes, causing irritation. Many times dogs will exhibit tearing or ear infections when they have a food sensitivity, we have had excellent success with the food we recommend. New environments, pollution and allergies can also play part.
To remedy the problem, we keep our dogs in a teddy bear cut, making sure to keep hair trimmed close around the eyes. I keep a pair of scissors and a beard trimmer handy to trim up the area myself between grooming.
Feeding a raw diet really helps with excessive tearing. If you haven't tried it, we recommend Raw Wild
Another option is to add Apple Cider Vinegar into the water to balance the PH level, and also try using filtered water.