Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and our Habibi Bears. Habibi Bears were developed in 1989, exclusively for my students with special needs. We are located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We provide hand-delivery service to our PNW Families in Northern Oregon, ID and Wa! Once you read through these About Pages, click over to the 'How to Adopt' Tab and that will walk you through the process of joining our waiting list.
OUR BREEDING PROGRAM
Thank you for your interest in our breeding program, We are so happy you have found our beloved bears. Our story is an exciting journey, and we have put together the pages under this drop down menu so you can learn about us, our breeding philosophy and of course the Habibi Bear! We feel we are not simply a breeder, but the ambassador for our breed. The breed was developed by Julie, for her private tutoring students who were in need of a therapy dog. Today, the breed is meticulously raised and cared for by our families. Julie has a background working with gifted and learning disabled students. She has been involved in training and exhibiting dogs in the show ring before transitioning to developing the Habibi for her students who were in need of a special therapy dog. Cindy has vast experience in raising Yorkshire Terriers, and she raises our Standard Line. She has an adult son with Autism, and he loves to be part of socializing the puppies. Together, we have a passion for raising healthy happy puppies and our focus is on intensive socialization and conditioning using our Habibi Method. We leave no stone unturned, and we are very OCD when it comes to raising healthy puppies. All puppies come to Julie for personality testing and selection, and Julie's husband handles the hand deliveries. This is truly a family affair!
This site is the culmination of over 30 years experience in animal husbandry, canine genetics and socialization techniques. Our dogs have taught us so much, and made us better human beings in the process. It is amazing what humans can learn from the animal world when we take the time to let them teach us. With each experience and lesson learned, we have added more info to our site. It has evolved from a one-page site to keep in touch with our long-distance families, to the online reference it is today. Many families have told us that our site is so much more than just a breeder's site, it is their BIBLE on raising a puppy. What a compliment!
Getting to know us is an important first step in choosing your breeder, and we hope these pages on our site will help you in that process. Our little Habibi Bears are an endearing breed, and once you own one we consider you family!
We are friends who work together with the love and support of our families. We share the dogs and raise them together. Alll litters that Cindy raises come to Julie when they ready for assessments and placement. Due to the limited availability, the waiting list is only open for short time frames, so if you catch us when we are closed, please check back to watch for openings.
We are small, exclusive and cater to our adoptive families with a high level of attention.
As small, private, hobby-breeders, our primary clients are referrals and we rarely have puppies available outside of our circle of client referrals. We cater to families that recognize the importance of a home raised, quality puppy from a responsible and ethical home breeder. Home breeders are quickly becoming a thing of the past, and we take great pride in our unique breeding practices that ensure correct placement of every puppy we produce. While we absolutely could 'go big' and sell puppies all day long, this is not, nor has ever been, our goal. We enjoy our hobby; building lasting relationships with our adoptive families and we intend to keep it that way!
Our dogs maintain a sweet puppy look their entire life! How cute is that? Every day we hear comments that our dogs are too cute to be real, and we have to agree! Habibi Bears are living Teddy Bears, and make the perfect companion for families.We are passionate about dogs and have a love-affair with our beloved Habibi Bears! They are a new hybrid breed which we lovingly created to exemplify the very best in hybrid vigor, while perfecting what we feel is the BEST companion breed. We exclusively breed Habibi Bears!
"Our primary goal is in bringing children and adults
with disabilities together with their own companion dog"
We strive to develop our breed while maintaining high standards in placing our puppies with excellent homes. We feel it is our responsibility to ensure every puppy we produce is loved and cared for by their forever family. We take the extra time to make this happen. From A-Z, we have a detailed process we follow with each family. We begin the journey with an application to pre-screen families and choose the very best to join our waiting list. I typically plan a small handful of litters a year. Once a family has joined the waiting list, they are sent preparation emails with details on what to purchase while they are waiting for their selection time to come. We plan puppy choosing days for each litter after we have completed personality testing. Every litter has a delivery weekend planned around 8 weeks, when we hand-deliver each puppy to their new family, and we can go over any questions and the puppy instructions personally. Every litter's waiting list enjoys a pre-planned 8 week guided schedule--from birth to selection day to delivery day----we have it all mapped out and guide you each step of the way as you prepare for your new family member.
We believe in Quality, not quantity. We believe in lasting, lifetime relationships with our adoptive families. We believe that our focus on raising puppies in a loving home environment sets us apart from kennel facilities where there are simply too may puppies to give individualized attention and care. We are not a large commercial or kennel operation, but a very exclusive breeder that pre-plans every litter around a waiting list of pre-approved families. What does this mean to our prospective families? This means that when you are approved for our waiting list, you are now part of OUR family. We spend individualized time with you to help you choose the correct puppy for your home. Developing our breed has never been about money and never will be. We do this for the love of our breed and the joy our dogs bring to our families.
A Family Affair
Our puppies are raised in our homes, right in the middle of all the activities of a busy family life. They are exposed to everything from children and other dogs, to the sounds of dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and the typical hustle and bustle of family home life! Our children and grandchildren have grown up with our dogs, and each have a special area of expertise; helping with socialization, cleaning and bathing day, photo and video shoots and office work. In working together, we are able to have the adequate number of adult dogs to develop our line, while allowing each dog to be a family pet.
"This is a fun hobby for us and we love meeting families
who share our love for our Habibi Bears"
About our Socialization Program
Every puppy is held, kissed and snuggled throughout the day, using our successful socialization program, we call the Habibi Method, essentially Montessori for puppies!
This ensures our puppies have developed strong bonding instincts with humans, and they are never raised in a kennel environment! After twenty years, we have learned through trial and error the best system to raise loving, friendly and happy puppies for families, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend. Our puppies have an amazing head start to life as the have been introduced to our unique socialization and training program that you can continue in your home. We offer recommendations for continued training and our puppies are known for being extremely intuitive and operant. They are all introduced to litter box training, crates, and our training program.
Our unique lines have been lovingly produced since 1989
With a study on hybrid vigor and closely monitoring each litter, we have carefully selected the perfect breeding pairs which will compliment each other's qualities and produce exquisite puppies. In 2010 we added new colors to our lines, the Confetti and Chocolate coloration, so our Habibi Bears come in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns.
In searching for the perfect name, we wanted to choose something which reflects the emotion we feel for these very beloved puppies, yet something that also describes their eternal puppy-like Teddy Bear appearance. We chose the Arabic word, Habibi, as it means 'my beloved'. No better word could describe our beautiful breed! We are thrilled to introduce the ORIGINAL Habibi Bear!
Why create a new Breed?
Many people ask why successful AKC breeders with experience in producing and showing champion show dogs would leave the world of purebred dogs to create their own hybrid breed. The simple answer is Hybrid Vigor. We have found this is a fantastic way to consistently produce healthy, even tempered, hypo-allergenic puppies with strong immune systems.
We focus on health & socialization. We are small, exclusive and cater to families that want nothing less than a well-bred puppy. We are dedicated to our dogs and the families who love them!
The Science behind the creation of our Habibi Dogs
Our dogs are not a'Designer Dog', but a new breed with a look all their own, that was developed to be a therapy dog for children with special needs. Creating a new breed is a very complicated and time-consuming pursuit which should be left to the professionals. A background in genetics is a must when developing a new breed. The F1 crosses are a mix that tends to be inconsistent, and the puppies typically favor either parent breed in appearance. While we dearly love our first generation puppies, we knew our dogs had room for improvement to create a consistent breed standard. Carefully monitoring each breeding and introducing new unrelated bloodlines, we were able to produce a new breed that has a look all their own! We now breed multi-gen puppies with fabulous consistent results while MAINTAINING hybrid vigor!
If health testing and careful line-breeding could eliminate the health concerns in our pure breeds, we would have continued raising them, however it doesn't always work. Many pure breeds are still producing affected offspring, despite extensive health screening. Somehow the notion of breed purity is not ringing true anymore, and science is showing us a different story. With closed studbooks that limit gene pools of each pure breed, it makes it difficult to bring in unrelated lines. The strict health-screening of caring purebred breeders is even further limiting the gene pools and can be linked to the increase of auto-immune disease, due to lack of genetic diversity in the DLA genes that regulate immune function. Yet when a well-planned and researched cross is bred, we find the health improves, due to hybrid vigor. With the current advances in science, you can't argue with the evidence. Our experience shows us the proof of hybrid vigor!
"We have carefully chosen the very best dogs
to exemplify our lovely breed, the Habibi Bear."
Welcome to Habibi Bears, Home of the Habibi Bear
Julie, Cindy and Families
We hope you enjoy meeting us and our Habibi Bears,
its been an exciting journey and the friendships
we have made through our Habibi Bears are priceless.