As you look for a Ridgeback puppy, you will find that there is a wide variety of prices for a Ridgeback. I have been asked why this is the case more than a few times, so it might be helpful to put some of the information on my web site. There are many different types of breeders and please inform yourself before you make any decisions regarding the purchase of a puppy.
Before a breeding is considered, each of my dogs is fully health tested - hips, elbows, cardiac, eyes, and thyroid. In addition, my dogs are tested to see if they are carriers of DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) and deafness (EOAD). When I make breeding decisions, I consider the results of these tests in each dog, and what those results mean for any resulting puppies. In addition, my dogs are examined by vets to ensure that they are as healthy as possible before the breeding even happens.
My litters are raised in the house, highly socialized, and temperament tested before they are placed with a family. I want my puppies and their families to be as well-matched and happy as possible.
Getting a puppy from a breeder who adheres to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States (RRCUS) code of ethics will most likely mean that you have someone to go to with any questions at any time. These breeders will be willing and happy to provide guidance on vaccine protocols, food, and puppy training - almost anything that you might have questions about. The breeder may be willing to care for the pup while you are away on vacation so that the pup does not need to be placed in a kennel. They are also willing to - and expect to - take the dog back if for some reason you are unable to continue to care for the dog.
The reasons for getting a puppy from an established - or at least a reputable RR breeder (as not all have had a lot of litters) - are wide-ranging - hardly limited to what I have written here.
In addition - if you choose to go with a breeder who abides by the RRCUS Code of Ethics, keep in mind that you are establishing a relationship with the breeder - and not just the dog - hopefully for the next 10-12 years. The human relationship is as important as the canine one.
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