The Habibi is the perfect allergy-friendly family dog, with a very special job title....
We wanted a breed that will perform naturally as an Emotional Support, Service and Therapy dog for our clients with Autism and Special Needs. We also needed the dog to be compact, so it can go everywhere we go, keep up with our active outdoor lifestyle, yet be perfectly content to have a day indoors, while being allergy friendly, low to non-shedding... a tall order, eh? Well, we found we were not alone in these desires. Like us, many families didn't want a shedding dog, and many needed a service animal, facility dog to take to work, on the airplane, camping and Starbucks! Many small breeds are dainty and frail, not made for the lifestyle of an active family with children. On the other side of the coin, our large breed enthusiasts wanted the same qualities in a larger package.
All dog breeds known to mankind originated from the hybridization, or crossing of two or more breeds. 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'.
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, and over the years 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 admitting they were infusing other breeds to develop these colors, 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, the coats were soft and full, gentle temperament, more intuitive, and they were nailing it as service dogs for my students with Autism.....there was something unique with these dogs. I wanted to know what was in the gene pool of these lines so I could continue to develop my own new beautiful line of Teddy Bear Schnoodles.
After DNA testing the lines, I discovered which breeds were infused in the background of my two parent breeds, and it seemed to vary depending on the dog and the breeder. They all had done a wonderful job getting a uniform type with their new lines, so I was intrigued and I wanted to be free to follow my heart as well! I knew I was being guided to develop my own breed, with the freedom to infuse the breeds that were needed to meet our end goal. To further my mission of empowering dogs and humans through service and therapy work, we transitioned from Teddy Bear Schnoodles.... to simply "Teddy Bears", as our dogs looked exactly like little stuffed animals. Then I realized there were various hybrids such as Shichons, Zuchons, Cavapoos, Cotonpoos & Doodles that were referred to as teddy bears too. While all are adorable in their own rights, our dogs were developed for a very unique purpose, and I wanted my breed to stand on it's own two 'paws'. I chose to pick a name that exemplified everything our dogs meant to us - and the Habibi Bear was born!
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