After you have thoroughly researched the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed, and
before getting in touch with any breeders, you need to ask some
questions of yourself. You need to ask: Am I (we) prepared to:
- Always keep this dog safe --- provide a safe, fenced area where
it can exercise, never permit it to run loose, never permit it to
ride in the back of an open pickup truck or be chained or tied up
outside, permit no teasing or abuse by children or others when the
dog is playing in its own yard (or any other time) - such as poking
sticks through the fence, yelling at it, tossing things at it?
- Give this dog enough attention and exercise and firm but loving
discipline as is given to human children? Puppies need a lot of TLC
each day and as they grow they also need exercise along with the TLC
and firm discipline so that they may learn right from wrong and
become good canine citizens.
- Live with shedding (although Ridgebacks don't shed as much as
some long-haired breeds), and the small amount of grooming needed
for a Ridgeback - such as nails, brushing, baths, cleaning of teeth,
ears, etc., and keeping it parasite free for the next 10 to 15
- Spend the amount of money required to provide proper veterinary
care, including but certainly not limited to: vaccines, heartworm
testing and preventative, spaying or neutering, annual checkups, and
any medications required for any illness the dog may contract? Or
the surgery required if the dog swallows something that could injure
its internal organs? Or hip and elbow x-rays?
- Keep the breeder informed and up to date on this dog's
accomplishments and problems?
- Take questions to the breeder or other appropriate professionals
before they become problems that are out of hand?
- Have the patience to accept (and enjoy) the trials of Ridgeback
puppy hood which can last for up to two or three years, and each
stage thereafter? To become educated about the proper care of the
breed and correct training methods?
- Continue to accept responsibility for the dog despite inevitable
life changes such as new babies (human), kids going off to school,
- Resist impulse buying, and instead have the patience to make a
responsible choice of a puppy?
If you can answer "yes" to ALL of the
above you are ready to start seriously contacting breeders. Start early
because most responsible breeders have a waiting list ranging from a few
months to a couple of years. Remember, the right puppy or adult dog IS
worth waiting for!
Rescue Dogs --- Rescue dogs may or may not be responsibly bred.
However, since in many instances they are adults, or older puppies, it
is easier for rescuers to evaluate them for any signs of a problem
before you fall in love with one of them - something that can't be done
with a puppy. This is only one of the many advantages to adopting a
The members listed in this directory have paid for the opportunity to
advertise herein. The club does not endorse or recommend any breeder,
nor does it guarantee the puppies or services of any breeder. This
directory is designed for the convenience of prospective owners of
Rhodesian Ridgebacks trying to locate a puppy or a grown dog, or for
those seeking a stud service or a rescue dog. Since the club makes no
recommendations, it is suggested that a potential buyer or breeder
contact several of the breeders in this directory in order to develop a
frame of reference. As you interview a breeder, look for a person who is
dedicated to the improvement of the breed, who only breeds when they
feel they can make an improvement in their already show-quality breeding
stock, and someone who does not produce Ridgebacks for profit. Be
advised that everyone who advertises in this directory has agreed to
abide by the Club's Code of Ethics, as printed herein. More
specifically, they have agreed to the following conditions:
- Will x-ray the hips of all breeding stock.
- For breeding purposes, will use only dogs free of hip dysplasia.
- Have obtained an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)
certification of clear hips, or an OFA Preliminary x-ray.
- Agree to abide by the Club's Bylaws, Code of Ethics and the
regulations of The American Kennel Club.
ANYONE WHO DEVIATES IN ANY FASHION FROM THE CODE OF ETHICS SHOULD BE
There are several things you should expect to receive when you
purchase a puppy or an older dog from a breeder in this directory:
- The AKC Registration Application, completed and signed by the
breeder, should be provided to you at the time you take the puppy
home. The papers are never to be sold separately from the puppy. If
there is a co-ownership agreement involved, be certain that you
fully understand the impact of the co-ownership and that you receive
a copy of any contract or agreement that you sign. All co-owners
have a legal right to the dog.
The Medical Record, containing puppy's date of birth and dates of
inoculations and ormings, on the veterinarian's letterhead or
medical jacket with his name, address, and phone number, so that he
may be contacted if necessary. A 48-hour health guarantee is
standard, giving you time to have the puppy checked by your own
veterinarian to assure its health.
A Pedigree, signed by the breeder, containing the AKC
registration numbers of the pup's parents and any available
registration and OFA numbers of the puppy's ancestors. Photos of
parents are optional, but always a nice touch. You should ask to see
the OFA certificate for each of the parents, and the breeder should
be able to give you the OFA history of all the dogs in the pedigree.
An Instruction Sheet, giving the quantity of food the puppy has
been eating, the brand of food recommended by the breeder, and the
schedule on which the puppy has been fed. This is very important,
since verbal instructions are quite often forgotten as you
concentrate all of your attention on the new puppy and taking it
A small supply of puppy's current food and a gallon jug of
puppy's water, to be replaced by your water as the puppy drinks, so
that the puppy will not suffer digestive upset from the change.