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Questions to ask your Rhodesian Ridgeback breeder

If you decide Rescue isn’t for you, visit our Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeders Directory Directory. We encourage buyers to thoroughly research a breeder before you buy from them and to also read through our FAQ page to be sure a Rhodesian Ridgeback is the right dog for you.


QWhy is the breeder having this litter?

A breeder’s aim and foremost responsibility shall be to produce the healthiest and best representatives of the breed possible.



QHow many litters do they breed each year?

Proper care and socialization must be provided to ensure healty puppies. This requires lots of time and effort when the litters can include up to 12 or 13 puppies.



Q How long has the breeder been breeding RRs?

Can they provide references? Call/email the references!Does the breeder belong to the breed club in his/her state? Can they provide proof?



QDoes the breeder encourage prospective puppy buyers to visit and view their puppies?

Do you like what you see?



QWhat is the temperament like of the sire and dam?

Are they approachable and well-socialized?



QAre both the sire and dam X-rayed for hip and elbow dysplasia?

Ask to see the paperwork!



QAre the sire and dam Champions in the conformation ring?

Championship indicates that judges of the breed believe the dog to be within the standard and a good representative of the breed. Each litter shhould be the result of conscientious planning, including consideration of health, soundness, temperament and conformity to the official standard of the breed.



QDoes the breeder offer a guarantee in writing?

If so, can you read it before purchasing the puppy? The guarantee should cover hereditary defects as well as clearly outline your rights and reponsibilties as a puppy owner should problems arise.Will the breeder be available to help you as the puppy grows? Will the breeder take the puppy back if you are no longer able to care for it? Responsibility of the breeder does not stop with the sale. The breeder should be available for consultation and to assist in the placement of any dog sold by the breeder if such need arises.



QAt what age can you pick up the puppy up?

Eight weeks of age is the minimum age a puppy can leave their mates according to the N.S.W. Canine Council. Breeders should furnish the buyer with written details on feeding, dates of inoculations, worming, and general care of the dog and the name and address of a licensed veterinarian who has examined the puppy.



QHow much will the puppy cost and is a deposit required?

If you leave a deposit, what are you being guaranteed? Can you get the deposit back if you change your mind or a puppy that fits your lifestyle isn’t born in that particular litter?



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