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.
The Habibi Bear is a beautiful dog that is an allergy-friendly, non-shedding breed that 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.
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. In the beginning we started with the Schnoodle to develop our breed, however I wanted to have the freedom to improve my breed without the restrictions of being confined to only using these two breeds. As I looked for rare lines, I found breeders developing new lines of merle, chocolate and parti colored Schnauzer and Poodles, and I loved the idea of expanding the gene pool to incorporate these new colorations. Of course many of the breeders weren't divulging they were infusing other breeds as this is frowned upon in the purebred world, but for my purposes I couldn't be happier! We had our first litters of these new colors and realized we have a very special little breed, they were different that the traditional Schnoodle, gentler, more intuitive, and they were killing it as service dogs for my students.....there was something unique with these dogs.
After DNA testing the lines, we were able to pinpoint which breeds were infused in these dogs and it seemed to vary depending on the dog and the DNA testing company. While not all breeds listed are correct in the testing results (see more below), it opened the horizons for me to see new possibilities. These breeders had done a wonderful job creating a uniform type with their new lines, and I too wanted to be free to follow my heart. I knew I was being guided to develop my own breed. To further my mission of empowering dogs and humans through service and therapy work, we transitioned from Uptown Schnoodles to Confetti Schnoodles....and then I realized I could no longer keep my dogs in that box...... so with that, the Habibi Bear was born.
Habibi is an Arabic word that means 'my beloved', and they truly are our beloved bears.
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 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.
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'.
Habibi Bears 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.
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 affect 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. (I have nothing but the utmost respect for the responsible breeders dedicated to their breeds, I thank you!) For more information visit our Hybrid