Puppies with a purpose!
Glad you stopped by! Our Habibi Bear puppies are here to fill homes with joy and healing. These pups are unique, coming in a variety of sizes and bursting with love and snuggles. And guess what? Their hypoallergenic coats mean you can forget about allergies and just enjoy the hugs.
We've spent over 30 years focusing on the well-being of our dogs, not the number of litters. We nurture just a few litters each year, ensuring every Habibi Bear is a standout. These puppies are part of our family, and we're excited to share them with you.
Our program is small, but our passion for pairing our Habibi Bears with loving families is huge. These pups are whip-smart, super affectionate, and have an innate ability to connect with people, making them excellent therapy and service dogs. They're not just pets; they're furry family members with a purpose.
Here's our backstory. It all started with Schnoodles for my students, and the desire to do more. We discovered new stunning colors in Schnauzers and Poodles that DNA tests revealed additional breed genetics. We then infused healthy rare imported lines to increase the genetic diversity. That's the origin of our Habibi Bears—sweet, empathetic, and just the right fit for those in need of a furry friend.
We use DNA testing to ensure a diverse and robust canine family. This labor of love has been our path, and we're thrilled to invite you into our world. Discover the Habibi Bear difference for yourself.
Habibi is an Arabic word that means 'my beloved', and they truly are our beloved bears.
Connectivity between dogs and humans is a profound, transformative experience. It is my deep passion to help nurture and promote this meaningful relationship. Therefore, after much introspection, I knew I had to align our name with my vision. We chose the Name 'Habibi' for our Egyptian heritage, an Arabic term of endearment meaning 'my beloved' and 'Bear' for the adorable teddy bear appearance of our dogs.
As time has progressed, I have purposely infused breeds to further the Habibi line's gene pool. Each infused breed was used to help balance characteristics we liked, correct flaws, and introduce a new gene pool to the line--resulting in increased genetic diversity and hybrid vigor.
Why Create our own 'breed"?
Every breed has a purpose. They were created to fill a role, to serve a need that humans found worthy. However, many of the traditional breeds were designed for a world that no longer exists, leaving them struggling to fit into today's fast-paced urban lives. Our genetically diverse, hybrid 'Habibi Bears' are specially developed to provide emotional support, companionship, therapy, and service work. Their sole (soul) purpose is to be your healing companion. And just like every beloved breed, they too started as a combination of different breeds, creating a new type. Genetic testing confirms this blend. When two or more breeds come together, it is called hybridization. The initial breeds are known as the 'Parent Breeds', and the additional ones are called 'Infusions'. These infusions are carefully chosen to balance the breeding, diversify the gene pool, and correct any faults. Unlike the centuries-old practice of inbreeding, Habibi Bears are bred with meticulous consideration for genetic diversity. It has taken 30 years to develop a type without compromising genetic richness. Through a combination of genetic testing and my own method, we have created a consistent type of dog without sacrificing genetic diversity. Their purpose? To provide life-saving and life-changing support.
Inbreeding & Bottlenecking health issues
In the world of breed clubs, many have closed their stud books, meaning that traditional breeds are unable to introduce new breeds into their lineage to increase genetic diversity or rectify potential health issues caused by years of inbreeding and line breeding. This lack of genetic diversity can contribute to an increase in health problems within specific breeds, creating a bottleneck in the gene pool and limiting their well-being. This is one of the numerous reasons why we have chosen to embark on our own path of development. Our focus is simple yet profound – we prioritize temperament and health above all else. We do not adhere to the traditional methods of maintaining "purebreds." For more information on our approach to breeding, please visit our Hybrid
What is a Habibi Bear?
Habibi Bears are a unique combination of parent breeds:
Bichon Family Breeds (Bichon, Coton de Tulear, Maltese), Poodle (in all sizes), European Imported lines of Shihtzu, Pekingese and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
(Original foundation lines were Schnauzer & Poodle)
Note: Please note that DNA testing by the Embark DNA testing company has revealed the presence of other breeds in some of our purebred parents. It's important to recognize that these results may be influenced by rare lines not considered in their testing system. While the presence of Lhaso Apso and Chihuahua has been indicated in our imported lines, we maintain skepticism about the accuracy based on our dogs' pedigrees. Refer to the note below from Embark regarding this aspect of genetics. Additionally, it's worth mentioning that DNA tests may not display all the breeds in a dog's background, or only two breeds may be identified. This phenomenon is common in genetics, where each puppy within a litter pulls from the entire ancestry/gene pool of the parents and receives a unique percentage of genetics. This variability is similar to humans, where siblings can have different DNA results in ancestry DNA reports. An example being, a child having red hair and blue eyes born into a family with dark hair and brown eyes. Genetics involve pulling from the entire gene pool, leading to the emergence of recessive genes or only identifying dominant genes. This diversity is observable in our dogs' coats, leg lengths, nose sizes, and eye shapes within a litter. Regardless of the parents' "generation" (F1, F2, F1B), it is not so simple that each puppy will receive those exact percentages, like a math equation. Breeding on paper (Pedigree) can look different than genetics/DNA. Instead, each puppy receives a different percentage of genetics from the ENTIRE gene pool, and we have absolutely no control of this matter. This is one of the things that Mother Nature has the final say. While human breeding practices involve tracking and recording generations and identifying them with pedigrees and registries, the science of genetics operates differently. PawPrint Genetics refrains from employing breed identification in their testing due to numerous variables, which can introduce inaccuracies and confusion. We advocate using both systems; pedigree for tracking ancestry AND genetic DNA testing, emphasizing the importance of distinguishing between the two. Together both systems help us develop our special dogs and give us insight in our progress. Your dog might exhibit different percentages of mentioned breeds or even breeds not identified in the line (due to limitations in the DNA test company's information). Nevertheless, your dog remains a cherished and purposefully bred Habibi Bear, nurtured and empowered from birth to be an intelligent canine companion and heart healer.
When categorizing Habibi Bears by generation, we utilize a system—HBF1, HBF2, HBF3—where HBF stands for ‘Habibi Bear Foundation.’ Despite being bred for over 35 years, we maintain genetic diversity and always go back to the original parent breeds when needed to ensure we maintain hybrid vigor. The puppies' breed combination can vary based on the parents, influenced by dilution and the infusion level of certain breeds. Our objective is to preserve genetic diversity through hybridization, ensuring that our line consistently possesses a robust gene pool. We keep our studbook open to introducing new breeds when necessary, prioritizing the health and well-being of our line.
In terms of temperament, the Habibi Bear is recognized for being good with children and easy to train. Initially developed for the creator's own students, the breed has gained global popularity as more families and professionals discover and embrace this unique breed. Habibi Bears are highly empathic and sensitive dogs, necessitating positive reward-based training, as aversive techniques can cause trauma to these gentle dogs.
They exhibit a friendly disposition towards other dogs and showcase exceptional cleverness, sociability, and joyfulness. Quick learners of unusual tasks, these active and occasionally comical dogs may attempt to outsmart their humans if undisciplined. Habibi Bear training should be calm and consistent, with daily mental and physical exercise to prevent behavior issues.
Despite their loyalty to their own family, these non-aggressive dogs are friendly and approachable, making them wonderful therapy and support dogs.