Allergy Friendly, Non-Shedding & Hypoallergenic
While our breed is considered allergy-friendly and non-shedding; this only means the breed is less reactive than other breeds. Non-shedding dogs release less dander into the air than a shedding dog, which results in fewer allergy reactions. The word Hypoallergenic is a marketing term. Allergies are subjective to many factors and are different for each and every person. Not every person is allergic to dander, some are allergic to saliva, or both. We have successfully placed puppies in homes of many allergy sufferers, but we have also had a small handful that are reactive. In order to decide if our Habibi Bears are a good choice for you, if we cannot arrange for you to meet one of our dogs in your area, we offer a special service that is performed before choosing day, using a simple T-Shirt test. Be sure to ask us if there is a family in your city, many times we can arrange for you to meet an adult Habibi Bear.
If you are considering a Habibi Pup and suffer from allergies, please let us know so we can arrange to have a T-Shirt Test before choosing day. You will send us one clean T-Shirt per puppy you are considering, laundered in your detergent, and place each shirt in its own ziplock baggie. (If you like 2, send two separate shirts, If you like three, send three). We will expose one shirt to each individual puppy, seal it, and send back Priority Mail. The shirt is then worn for at least 30 minutes-to an hour and up to all day, to see if you have a reaction. If you are testing more than one puppy, allow time in-between each T-Shirt test. Most people that react will start to do so within a half hour, however some people have slept in a shirt to see if they react.
This is a free service we offer to our paid waiting list families. Some breeders will charge an upwards of $100 for the same service! We feel this is one of many special touches that make our breeding program unique and personal. We will always be focused on individual customer service to each and every family, and allergy testing is important to us. We understand the strong desire of allergy sufferers to be able to experience the healing power of dog ownership. This is why we are willing to go the extra mile, so our families can finally see their life long dreams come to fruition!