Below you will find listings of Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeders in All 50 states.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are considered to be a rare breed when compared to some of the other dog breeds however they are reputable breeders available through the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club in the United States and are aware of the RRCUS Code of Ethics.
The code makes sure that they are improving the breed and it also protects the buyers. Some of the provisions are listed below:
- All ethical breeders insure that the dog’s health is always in their best interest.
- Ethical breeders study the weight of both the male and female dogs and are known about their genetic backgrounds. Not to mention the fact that they would never breed with defected dogs.
- Ethical breeders make sure that buyers know about dermoid sinus and how to tell whether or not their puppy has it.
- Ethical breeders always make themselves available to the buyers to answer questions even when they have already closed the sale.
- Ethical breeders x-ray the hips of any potential breeding stocks and will only breed with dogs that have cleared their certifications of hip dysplasia.
- Ethical breeders have OFA certifications available for the buyers regardless of whether or not it is requested.
It is advised for people to avoid buying Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies from pet shops. This is because they are usually coming from puppy farms and all the owners were interested in doing was making some quick cash off of them. The puppy shops will have AKC papers but in their case they are useless because they do not check around to find out about genetic related problems.
Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy ads
spotting backyard Rhodesian Ridgeback breeders.
Other times you may see Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy ads listed in classified ads. However, sometimes these are breeders are reputable, yet most of the time they are backyard breeders. Backyard breeders are not suggested to deal with because they are only breeding the dogs with the concern of money on their minds. Below are some of the ways that they can be spotted out easily:
- They have trouble remembering the details about the puppies. Legit breeders will know all of the details about their puppies and even the information back to at least three generations before them.
- They will not know what dermoid sinuses are. This is something that can be very costly if the puppies have this condition and it is a genetic condition that would definitely be noted.
- They tell you hip dysplasia is not a problem in the Ridgeback breed or their liter in general. This is something that is not very common however it is something that is also obtained by the puppies genetically and is also something that you will want to be aware of.
- They do not provide written health guarantees. Many ethical breeders have no problems writing out guarantees that cover genetic problems.
- They tell you that the ridge will come in later as the puppy gets older. This is something that is possible but with reputable breeders this is not something that they would allow to happen. You should always keep in mind that the ridge is something that should be visible from birth. If the puppy does not have the ridge a birth more than likely they are never going to have a ridge.
- They do not distinguish between pet qualities puppies and show quality rhodesian ridgeback puppies. The main reason dogs go into the show reason is to show the judge that they meet the breeds’ standards. Therefore, if a breeder is trying to improve the breed they will have the very best puppies available for dog shows. Backyard breeders will try to make it seem as though there is no differences between the puppies however keep in mind that when you are purchasing a dog that has parents who were classified as AKC champions you can have peace of mind knowing that they have been judged by at least three different judges.
Many reputable Rhodesian Ridgeback breeders are going to let you know that they have two different types of dogs available – show quality and pet quality. Furthermore, the show quality dogs are going to be at least 30-50% pricier than their pet quality dogs because they have no obvious faults that would prevent them from winning a championship. Usually, the pet quality dogs may have a defective ridge and be excessively white. Other things that may make them be classified as pet quality dogs include but are not limited to, kinked tails and imperfect bites. Most of the faults are cosmetic and in no way do they affect the puppy’s health. However, at around seven or eight weeks puppies are classified into one of the previously mentioned groups.