If you have arrived at this page, no doubt you are contemplating a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. You are fortunate because only a few short years ago, information was sparce about this breed, and what was available was often unreliable. Even today misconceptions abound, making it challenging to form an accurate opinion.
This site is dedicated to the Rhodesian Ridgeback because we own them ourselves and have been involved with the breed on various levels for about 12 years at the time of this writing. Our involvement has included rescue, conformation showing, training and as breeders, we have puppies available from time to time.
We have had good fortune, and bad – we have seen all kinds of scenarios – especially with unscrupulous breeders, preying on people’s ignorance about the breed. The fact is, there are not that many good breeders out there. Perhaps a handful in the whole country. That doesn’t mean that the marginal breeders mean to be bad. It is just that this breed requires wisdom and experience – the kind that can only come from serious inquiry and study. Unlike most other breeds, producing a litter of Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies is a precarious proposition if knowledge is inadequate.
The best advice we can give is this. If you are looking for a family companion, do not buy from anywhere other than from someone that shows their dogs in AKC sanctioned events. Such breeders always have family companions that are not meant for showing, and this is the best of both worlds for you. You get a very attractive dog, and the health and temperament are unequaled. Show people are the most rigid in their standards, vocal about protecting the breed, and sacrifice the most in terms of time and energy to protect the dog, and to make sure each and every breeding event focuses on health, temperament and conformation. You cannot go wrong.
Finally, don’t insult these people by expecting to pay a pittance for a nice animal. An average price for a nice Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy is anywhere from 1500.00 – 2000.00. Bite the bullet and pay it. Otherwise you may find out – as thousands of others have – that the initial cost is nothing compared to the heart wrenching and financial distress that can come from not acquiring a puppy from top breeder due to health issues, or unsatisfactory quality.
Take it from us, you will never regret the years of peace of mind you will get from having a quality Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy from a quality breeder.