The Habibi is the perfect allergy-friendly family dog, with a very special job title....
We had a need for a dog that can support individuals and families who are challenged by disabilities. Unlike many service dogs that were purchased from a breeder or rescue and then trained, our breed was DEVELOPED for this purpose by us. We took our clients needs into consideration as we developed this magical breed. From health-tested parents to non-shedding coats, the Habibi Bear was created exclusively for our families and their unique requirements. With over 30 years of carefully combining the best temperaments and qualities, every litter is lovingly raised on our tried-and-true advanced puppy curriculum, and then transitioned to our certified trainer's home. She works with the puppies to expertly handle the transition from litter to home life, and begins their specialized training for this live-saving role. Providing trained puppies for families who want to avoid the early stages of puppy rearing or need a trained Therapy, Service or Diabetic Alert Dog, is our specialty. Our service dogs restore quality of life by providing unparalleled companionship, independence and lifesaving abilities. We have 30+ years of happy families who's lives have been changed for the better with the addition of their Habibi Bear dog.
Our breed is a distant descendant from the Bichon Family, believed to originate from the Mediterranean. They were the result of natural hybridization by local dogs breeding with little dogs brought to the area by sailors. Over the centuries, the Bichon Family has grown to include many breeds with a similar story and background. The Habibi Bear is also a descendant of these little dogs, and the only line that has been carefully maintained without ANY inbreeding or line breeding to destroy it's genetic diversity. The Habibi is the result of mindful hybridization, unlike it's distant ancestors with somewhat unknown history.
The Habibi Bear is a beautiful dog that is non-shedding, allergy-friendly and comes in a kaleidoscope of colors; available in three sizes. For 30+ years our beautiful lines have been painstakingly developed with a small handful of litters each year to closely monitor and record what we have produced. This unique breeding of exceptional quality dogs has been shared only amongst close friends and family members, and available to select homes. You will not find our exclusive line of Habibi Bears in local newspapers or sold to brokers or outsiders wishing to breed them. Habibi Bears are carefully designed to remain a viable and healthy breed for years to come. We remain dedicated to continuing the line and maintaining it as it has been for over a quarter of a century.
Today, we are still small, exclusive and family run. We place our puppies with discriminating families, catering to those expecting nothing less than a well bred puppy.
We consistently produce sound, intelligent, puppies with strong bonding instincts, that fill the role of service and therapy dogs. Each pup we raise has the essential elements and instincts to make them loving family companions and unparalleled Emotional Support and Diabetic Alert Dogs. To us, proper breeding is much like creating a rare and unique piece of art. This is a purposeful pursuit out of love for the unique characteristics found in our line of Habibi Bears.
Why create our own breed?
I love purebreds and they are part of our breeding program. Each breed was developed for the same reasons I developed the Habibi Bear. To fill a role. To serve a need a human found worthy. Did you know that all dogs, all breeds, are a mixture of breeds? Even the purebreds were created by mixing breeds together. Over time, you have continuity and a type. Genetic testing will prove this. I have many purebreds in my dog's background that displayed this diverse background. The crossing of two or more breeds is called hybridization. The first two breeds are referred to as the 'Parent Breeds', and the addition of more breeds are referred to as, 'Infusions'. Infusions are chosen to balance the breeding, diversify the gene pool and correct faults. The resulting progeny can then be bred back to one parent breed to 'set' the line, called 'Back Breeding'.
I had a need that I knew a dog could support. Purebreds have generations of breeding behind them, to perform a specific job, and they have very strong instincts from generations of purposeful breeding to instill those instincts. When I first started out, some of those breed-specific tendencies made it more challenging for my clients as those instincts are strong! So I decided to develop a purposely planned hybrid to balance out the temperament with both breeds for a great support dog. I found these dogs to score better on my service tests. We placed them and they were better suited. I kept notes and continued to improve and balance the traits for the purpose we had at the time. The exact origin and history of many pure breeds can be obscure, but not so for our beloved Habibi. The Habibi's development has been carefully monitored and recorded from the beginning and has a unique DNA all it's own.
Habibi Bear dogs aren’t inbred or linebred, as has been the standard breeding practice for centuries. It’s been a long process of 30 years to create a type without sacrificing genetic diversity. I use genetic testing to select my breeding pairs, combined with my own method. And we have a breed that’s soul purpose is to provide lifesaving and life changing support.
Habibi is an Arabic word that means 'my beloved', and they truly are our beloved bears.
As I have grown, I have purposely selected some of these infused breeds to further the Habibi line's gene pool. Each infused breed was used to help stabilize characteristics we liked, correct flaws, and introduce a new gene pool to the breed--resulting in increased genetic diversity and hybrid vigor. This is much like the methods used to create many pure breeds we see today, however, the modern methodology of breeding pure breeds does not allow infusing any more. Most clubs have closed their stud books, meaning breeds are not allowed to have the addition of other breeds into their lines to increase genetic diversity when needed, or correct faults or health issues that can negatively effect a breed after years of inbreeding and line breeding. This contributes to the increase of health issues in any particular breed, due to lack of genetic diversity, or simply, lack of unrelated breeding pairs. This is one of the many reasons we chose to develop our own breed. (Now this in no way reflects as a negative opinion of our beloved pure breeds, I love and adore them and have the utmost respect for the responsible breeders dedicated to their breeds, I thank you!) For more information visit our Hybrid