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CHOOSING A PUPPY

Rhodesian Ridgeback PuppyThe act of choosing a puppy begins long before the litter is born. Each individual should do their own research. Initially on the breed, to ensure that a large and sensitive hound, that a ridgeback is, is for them. Should that be the case then the next step is to make contact with some reputable breeders.

Championship Dog Shows, which now run virtually throughout the year and all round the country, are a good place to meet up with the major breeders. Many now have excellent web sites with a lot of information on their dogs and their breeding. These breeders will want to develop a relationship with all potential owners and it will never display the attitude of "just bring the money and you can have a pup"! Equally as potential owners it is in your interests to form a mutually comfortable and open relationship with the breeder.

It is important that you are able to openly discuss anything to do with owning a ridgeback puppy with the breeder. You should be able to see the breeders dogs in their home environment, specifically the dam of the litter, and if residing with the breeder the sire to. The British Veterinary Associations Certificate of hip scores for both parents should be available for inspection (if the sire resides elsewhere a copy should be readily available). A reputable breeder will always help you to choose a puppy depending on your experience with dogs and your current circumstances. However, if you feel in the slightest way uncomfortable with the breeder - say no thank you!

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A WORD OF CAUTION TO PUPPY BUYERS

It has come to the notice of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Clubs that some unscrupulous breeders are passing off Rhodesian Ridgebacks of incorrect  colours, as "rare and correct" - please be careful. The correct colours allowed by the breed standard, as defined by The Kennel Club, are Light Wheaten to Red Wheaten and not colours such as black and tan (Doberman colouring) or brindle. Occasionally, due to recessive genes, silver/grey, blue, black & tan or brindle coloured puppies are born. They should never be shown, never be used in a breeding programme and should be registered as "non standard" colours; their purchase price should reflect this. The Kennel Club recommends that these puppies should have their registration documents endorsed by the breeder accordingly.

 

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