To be on the puppy waiting list, please complete the Puppy Adoption Application. It provides me with some information about you and your family and tells me what you would like to see in your new puppy. Please share how you plan to provide an active home and plenty of socialization for your new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. I value educating prospective buyer’s on what owning a large active dog means. While an adult RR is content being a couch potato if that is it’s owner’s habit, a young RR needs regular exercise and stimulation or you are bound to have issues. It is our goal to only sell puppies to people who have thought carefully through what it means to have a Ridgeback. Our canine companions deserve to be activated, to have purpose and stimulation in their lives and to be included as part of the family pack. Consider the following:
- Plan to take a day off or have the opportunity to bring your puppy to work the first time after delivery. The next few months while the puppy is small, arrange your schedule so that the puppy will not be home alone all day.
- Check if anyone in the family is allergic before you even consider buying a puppy.
- Think about whether you have time to activate and socialize your puppy so it gets the conditions needed to be a well adjusted part of your family.
- Be prepared for the expense of quality dog food, equipment, dog courses, vet visits, vaccinations and insurance if necessary.
- Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not “back yard dogs”. While they enjoy their time outside and can handle all kinds of elements, they are “people” dogs and need and enjoy human companionship.
- We require a deposit to hold any puppy. The order the deposits are received is the order of pick of puppys.
- If we are unable to provide you a healthy RR puppy your deposit will be refunded.
- We put a lot of effort in socializing the puppies. They will meet all kinds of people in all ages and sizes, including if possible other dogs and other animals. (After they are vaccinated)
The first 4 weeks the pups will live in a puppy pen in our downstairs doggy room adjacent to our family room. When they turn 4 weeks we re-position the whelping box, as well as raise the sides, (so puppies stay in, Mom can go in and out to nurse) so as to teach the puppies to use the dog door and go outside to our temporary enclosed puppy kennel area. At that time we will start to welcome visitors. They will experience lots of things and sounds in the house, all those things they will need to live with. They will also spend a lot of time outside exploring lots of things, sounds and places.
There are many websites and dog breeders. Some of whom have several litters a year and do not provide proper socialization and support for their buyers. The best way to make sure you are purchasing a healthy pup from an ethical breeder is to meet in person and inspect the premises. It is our preference to meet all our puppy buyers. We have an open door policy and we encourage anyone considering purchasing a puppy to visit us, as well as any breeders you are thinking of buying a puppy from.
Who ever you purchase your dog from should be a resource for the life of the dog. Much can be learned by asking a few questions:
- How many dogs does the breeder own?
- Do they breed dogs besides RRs?
- What health guarantees do they provide?
- Where do the breeder’s dogs live? An outside kennel? Inside?
- Is the house or kennel clean?
- Are you able to view the kennel/house areas where the puppies are raised?
- How are they socialized?
- Can I ask for contact information of satisfied puppy buyers?
We welcome all questions and we are happy to provide as many references as you would like. We also have videos of our previous litters and LOTS of pictures!
After completing the Puppy Adoption Application I’ll get back to you about the waiting lists, puppy deposit, and a visit to my place to meet my two girls and the puppies once they are born.
We strive to breed very healthy and sound and extremely well socialized Rhodesian Ridgebacks. At most we only have one litter a year. Consequently the litter is usually spoken for by the time they are born. If you are serious about purchasing a puppy I would invite you to call, talk to me in person, come for a visit! At the very least I will be happy to send you links to our Photo galleries.