Adopting a Puppy

One of our newborn litters being cuddled by mama.

One of our newborn litters being cuddled by mama.

What to Expect

What you can expect from us and one of our puppies

Healthcare, cleanliness, and early interaction are the most important parts of raising a healthy litter of puppies.


Dams receive all recommended veterinary care and are up to date on all wormings/parasite prevention/vaccinations prior to being bred. She is given prenatal vitamins beginning several weeks prior to breeding which are made for dogs and geared toward the development of the puppies. This includes Breeder's edge prenatal vitamins along with a boost of daily folic acid, which is important for aiding in the prevention of dermoid sinus as well as other preventable birth defects. (Dermoid Sinus is a finicky birth defect, but many believe folic acid may help lessen the occurrence.)  We do not do xrays for our litters and do not like to expose the Dam to a potential germy vet's office unless there is a definite reason to do so while pregnant, during delivery, or postpartum. What you can bring back from the vets office often outweighs any unnecessary visits.


Our puppies are born and raised indoors. They are handled multiple times daily, exposed to family members, new toys, sounds, and safe age appropriate activities. They are examined at birth for dermoid sinus and general birth defects. Preliminary socialization starts from when the puppies are a few days old and they adore human interaction from a very early age. They are started on the preliminaries of housebreaking by having their own specific area to relieve themselves which is cleaned constantly as needed. By the time they are 5 weeks old they almost never have "accidents" in other areas.


They receive wormings, vaccinations, and veterinary care as needed. We do the vaccinations and wormings ourselves. Our veterinarian is available if something arises where we need to take a puppy in, however we believe in not exposing them to other potentially sick animals by taking them to the vet unless there is a reason.


Vaccinations: While in our care, puppies receive a combo DAPPv vaccination at 6 and 9 weeks of age for  Canine Distemper, Adenovirus type 1 & 2, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus. If we have puppies when they are older, they will receive boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks. We administer the lepto vaccine no earlier than 12 weeks and rabies vaccine is administered by our veterinarian at 12 weeks.


Wormings: Puppies are treated on the recommended puppy deworming schedule for all puppies, with pyrantel pamoate at 2, 3, 4, and 6 weeks, and with Panacur C prior to leaving us (treats preventatively for hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, tapeworm, and off label for giardia). Puppies are also treated preventatively for coccidia prior to leaving. We do our best to make sure puppies go to new homes parasite free.


Size: Full grown at 2+ years of age, our males will typically range from 80-95lbs and our females from 65-85lbs. Size is not guaranteed, but they typically fall into the desired weight/height for breed standard.


All puppies also come with a 24-month genetic guarantee for hip dysplasia, dermoid sinus, eyes, & thyroid, along with a signed contract and AKC registration paperwork. 


Contact me any time with any questions that should arise.


We allow our puppies to begin going to their new  homes at 9-10 weeks of age. The reason  for this is so they  have received their first two vaccinations before leaving us.  These two  vaccinations are crucial in building their immunity against communicable disease. This is also a  crucial time for the puppy to begin bonding with their  new families,  other pets, and their new environment. They can be  enrolled in a young  puppy class starting at around 12-14 weeks old and  need to be exposed  to new  people and friendly animals once they have completed vaccinations for further socialization throughout their young adult life.  


We do NOT....

...allow puppies to leave prior to 9 weeks old. Their 2nd vaccination is important for protection from parvo/distemper. We understand that not everyone does this, but we've NEVER had a puppy come down with any illness such as parvo when leaving here.

...allow people outside the family to handle the puppies prior to their 2nd vaccination. Again, the health of the puppies is more important than "making a sale". Even so, they are usually spoken for before being old enough to leave.

...own a kennel facility. We are not a "brick and mortar" business and do not hold business insurance or allow people to tour our home or walk our acreage. We WILL meet with you locally in person before finalizing payment if you wish to see the puppy before finalizing remaining payment. To even be eligible for a breeding license in Texas you have to have 11+ breeding females. Our dogs are not kenneled and we do hot have a kennel facility.


Please also view our policies page before committing to adopt a puppy  from us.



WHAT WE EXPECT FROM OUR PUPPIES' NEW HOMES


- Upkeep of healthcare including vaccinations, wormings, and heartworm prevention. We recommend a fecal check at 12 weeks to check if worming needs to be completed again and starting heartworm prevention at 12 weeks or when your vet recommends.  Worming and keeping up to date on vaccinations will need to be done for the lifetime of the dog. Obviously the puppy/dog should be provided with shelter for when outdoors and always be provided with clean drinking water and a good quality diet. Puppy should not be left crated for an extended period and should be exercised every day.


- Continue housebreaking once in your home. Puppies will need to be taken to their potty spot when they wake up (even after naps), after eating/drinking, and every 2-3 hours at first. A crate can be utilized for this. Please see this article about crate training.


- Train your puppy in an age appropriate training class beginning at 12+ weeks (or on your own as long as the puppy is socialized with other dogs as well once fully vaccinated). Consider looking into some activities such as Canine Good Citizen, lure coursing, obedience, etc. At the very least your puppy should be leash trained, learn basic commands such as sit, stay, lay down, and come, and be socialized with other animals and people after their 3rd vaccination is completed. This helps facilitate a well-rounded and socialized adult dog.


- DO NOT allow your puppy access to vets office floors, communal potty areas at rest stops, parks, etc until at least a week after their 12-week puppy vaccination. These are hot spots for communicable disease.


- Socialize your puppy by taking them on everyday activities several times a week such as walking, hiking, jogging, and riding in the car once 3rd vaccination is completed.


-  Contact us for aid in finding the puppy a new home if you are unable to provide care in the future. We will either take the puppy back or work with you to  find a new home.


- A home with a yard is preferred although Ridgebacks do fine with apartment type living as long as they receive daily exercise and enough mental stimulation. If you do not have a yard, it  is even more important that your puppy receives exercise daily and you will need to understand about housebreaking a large breed puppy without an enclosed yard. (Since you should not allow your puppy on the grounds of communal potty areas until a full week after their 12 week vaccination you will have to make preparation for this such as using puppy pads until you can let your puppy down outside.)


Rhodesian  Ridgebacks are a unique breed and while they do well in many types of  homes and environments, they are not for the timid first-time owner or  those  who will let them get away with everything. They need consistent  training and positive reinforcement everyday to show their full  potential. Ridgebacks are  generally independent and free thinkers. This is something that needs to  be expected and accepted from the beginning. They do very well with  positive and  consistent training. 


Our first priority is to find all of our puppies loving forever homes.  Our puppies have gone to loving companion homes, show homes,  as trail riding companions, service dogs, therapy dogs, and have done  well in all of them. Whether you are active and are looking  for a jogging partner, have kids who need a loving and protective  friend, or live alone and just want a buddy dog, Ridgebacks do  well in many types of homes. We love finding great homes for our puppies!    




Please  feel free to view everything on our website and contact us with questions. We always have a list of people who wish to be notified when our next litter arrives.      


All of Our Puppies Come:

Current on Vaccinations for Their Age    

  • Wormed on Veterinarian-Recommend Schedule with a Broad Spectrum Wormer and Parasite Prevention Prior to Leaving Us
  • Checked Negative for Dermoid Sinus  and General Birth Defects
  • American Kennel Club Registration Paperwork
  • Signed Puppy Contract Agreement
  • 24-month Genetic Health Guarantee (covers hips, eyes, thyroid, & dermoid sinus)             
  • PDF Puppy Packet Sent Upon Deposit Receipt - Filled with information about preparing for your new puppy
  • Lifetime support for any questions that arise in caring for your new family member

 

Please also view our policies page before committing to adopt a puppy  from us.

Prices

Deposits


If you wish to give a forever home to one of our puppies, the first step is to fill out the  puppy questionnaire,  then for us to discuss your particular interest in the breed and to answer any questions you may have. This generally takes place through email so we have it for our records. Once we have discussed what you are looking for in a puppy and if you  wish to place a deposit on a current litter, you will be asked to look over the deposit information below.


Deposit & Payment Information:


$500, applied toward the purchase price of an individual puppy, will  be paid as a deposit to hold the puppy will for you until we designate the puppy is ready to be re-homed (generally 9 weeks of age going to local homes and 10 weeks if shipped to you via the airline). We do not hold puppies for individuals without deposits being placed.  Inquiries come in at various times and a puppy that is available one day could be spoken for the same or next day. (If the deposit is mailed we will hold your choice of puppy while the deposit is in transit when tracking is provided.)


GENERAL INFORMATION We begin taking deposits on a litter once we have taken photos of them to upload to our website (about 1-2 weeks of age). We take photos at this time, then at 3, 5, and 7 weeks of age and also provide weekly milestone updates via email as they grow. All photos and updates of your puppy will be sent directly to you each week. 


Puppies can generally start going to new homes at 9 weeks of age (10 weeks  if shipped). The exact transfer dates will be determined by us as the  breeder.  The health and safety of the puppies is our first priority.  


PAYMENT METHODS For deposits we accept all payment forms accepted through PayPal (credit  card, bank transfer, etc.) as well as cashier's checks and  money orders sent to our mailing address with USPS signature or delivery  confirmation. We are no longer able to take personal or business checks for any part of the transaction due to unfortunate past issues with fraudulent checks and the time it can take them to clear.


Please allow us to send you a custom invoice if you will be sending payment through PayPal. The invoice will have all of the puppy and litter information,  balance remaining, and other details of the specific transaction.


Once a deposit is received you will receive a signed deposit receipt through email.


FINAL PAYMENT The balance remaining may be paid by cash at the time of pickup in person, or via PayPal prior to pickup or prior to the shipping date. Please note that it may take  up to 3 business days for a PayPal payment to clear and you  will not be able to take your puppy home until it goes through. Cash is the only payment form we accept for final  payment made in person. All payments must clear before the puppy is transferred to the buyer, including any necessary shipping and/or  holding fees. If shipping via the airline, the puppy must be paid for in full by 9 weeks of age to  give us time for the veterinary visit, final flight requirements from the airline, and to give PayPal time to clear in case a hold is placed on the payment.


HOLDING  We gladly hold puppies longer if we are requested to do so. Please make these arrangements as early as possible, preferably when the deposit is placed. We hold them at no charge through the 10th week. Beginning the day the puppies turn 11 weeks old, a charge of $10 a day will be added to the balance owed for vaccinations, food, and boarding. We do feel it is in the best interest of the puppy to be in their new homes by this age because they need the bonding and socializing of their new home.   


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


  • This deposit signifies the intent on the part of the Buyer to complete purchase of the puppy and should be thoughtfully considered beforehand. This is a dedication  for the lifetime of the dog and is a big commitment which we do not  wish anyone to rush into. If circumstances arise where the Buyer is  unable to complete purchase  or decides not to complete purchase for any reason, the deposit amount may be transferred to our next available  litter only  (regardless of parentage), but no refund will be issued. There are no refunds on deposits with the following exceptions: unless the puppy becomes unavailable due to an unforeseen circumstance or the Seller exerts their right to void the transaction. 


  • The  puppy is not owned by the Buyer until payment is completed in full, the purchase contract has been signed, and the puppy is physically transferred to the Buyer. Until all of this is completed, the Seller  reserves the right to void this transaction for any reason at any time and refund the deposit.  


  • We  strive to provide loving forever homes to every puppy we  produce and  by adopting a puppy from us you are making a  commitment for the  lifetime of the puppy. If unfortunate circumstances  arise where you are  unable to  care for your puppy or choose to find your puppy a new home,  we hope you  will contact us in assisting with new placement. However,  we do  not "buy puppies back" from their forever homes. The deposit and purchase of a puppy signifies an agreement that you will care for the  puppy for the extent of their life and is a big commitment that  should  be considered before bringing them home.   


  • We  reserve the right to hold a puppy longer for any  reason if we feel it  is in the puppy's best interest. If we decide a  puppy should  be held  longer, no further charges will be incurred. 


We  raise our dogs and puppies out of our home and are not a  kennel  facility. We do not allow visitors to our home any longer  due to the  spread of canine communicable disease, and issues with people coming when we're not at home. This litter will be  picked up  locally (unless shipped) when ready to go to new homes.   

Litter Schedule of Events

Birth ~

❤ Puppies are checked for general birth defects such as cleft palate  and anomalies such as dermoid sinus. ❤ Collar colors are assigned.   ❤ Umbilical stumps are cleaned every day.   ❤ Limited holding and handling of the puppies to let mom and babies settle in and so they can obtain maternal antibodies which will protect them for the first few weeks.   ❤ Observation of first signs of temperament, dominance, and energy level.   ❤ Litter registered via AKC.   


1 Week Old ~

❤ Puppies can be handled by us more each day individually. Umbilicals have fallen off,   ❤ Nails trimmed.   ❤ Characteristics are noted such as white markings, size, coloring, first personality traits, and early signs of energy levels and dominance.   ❤ First photos are taken and photos and information are uploaded to our website.   ❤ Announcement email sent out notifying everyone of the litter  information. Begin taking deposits on specific puppies to hold them  until they are ready to leave.   


2 Weeks Old ~

❤ First worming completed,   ❤ Nails trimmed.   ❤ Eyes and ears are opening and puppies are scooting around more. ❤ Updates sent out to the puppy families.   


3 Weeks Old ~

❤ Another worming completed,   ❤ Nails trimmed.   ❤ Eyes and ears are open completely.   ❤ Teeth are coming in.   ❤ First taste of mushy, milky food.   ❤ Puppies toddle around clumsily.   ❤ Second photos taken and sent to puppy families with updates.   ❤ Photos uploaded to website. Any new personality traits, dominance, energy levels noted, website updated.   


4 Weeks Old ~

❤ 3rd worming completed,   ❤ Nails trimmed.   ❤ Teeth fully in, more mushy, milky food added to diet.   ❤ Mom starts spending more time laying away from puppies, giving them time to play some together. Weaning starts naturally.   ❤ Puppies crawl into our laps when we sit with them and start following us, toddle around well now.   ❤ Send updates to puppy families.   


5 Weeks Old ~

 ❤ No worming this week.   ❤ Nails trimmed,   ❤ Continue mushy food.   ❤ Playing roughly together now, more independent.   ❤ 3rd round of photos taken, harder to get photos now that they are very active. Wiggly, love people, can't sit still.   ❤ Send new photos and updates to puppy families.   ❤ Photos and information updated on website. 

  

6 Weeks Old ~

  ❤ First vaccination completed  ❤ 4th worming completed.   ❤ Love people, follow us around, run & play, loves toys. Play-fight very rough & tumble. Loves food.   ❤ Updates sent to puppy families.   


7 Weeks Old ~

 ❤ Begin scheduling pickups and flights.   ❤ Out of state families' blankets mailed.   ❤ Final photos sent to families.   ❤ Out of state final payments completed/finalized.   


8 Weeks Old ~

 ❤ Fecal check performed by veterinarian.   ❤ Final worming in preparation for leaving for new homes completed.   ❤ Grind nails.  ❤ Vaccination schedules, health record/feeding sheet, contracts printed.   ❤ AKC paperwork completed, signed.    


9 Weeks Old ~

❤ 9 week vaccination completed.  ❤ Puppies can begin leaving for new homes locally at 9 weeks.


10 Weeks Old ~

❤ Puppies can begin leaving for new homes via the airline at 10 weeks.

Shipping

Cost: 

It now costs $450 to ship a 10-week-old puppy to any major airport in  the Continental U.S.  (more for international and possibly for older  puppies depending on weight) The shipping charges cover the airfare,  shipping crate, veterinary exam, health certificate, and any other costs  such as airline taxes and fees. We only charge what it actually costs us to get the puppy to you and often end up paying more than the charged amount in gas, etc. These fees are subject to  change if the airline changes their prices. The puppy must be paid for in full by 9 weeks of age to  give us time for the veterinary visit, final flight requirements from the airline, and to give PayPal time to clear in case a hold is placed on the payment. This includes the total puppy price + shipping. 


Where/How do you fly? 

We fly through the United PetSafe program which is specifically geared  towards pet travel. We have flown  puppies for more than 10 years with no problems and have seen  firsthand how the puppies are handled and treated. At this time we fly  within the United States, and have previously flown to Puerto Rico and  Canada as well. Flights will  be discussed on a case by case basis. The puppy will be shipped to the  nearest major airport to you or the one you specify as long as they  accept puppies being shipped  through the airline pet program. We will make the reservations for you  through the airline. Puppies must be at least 10 weeks of age to be shipped. 


"Can I fly in and fly back with my puppy as an in-cabin pet?" We receive this question all the time, and the short answer is no - Ridgback puppies are much too large when they are ready to leave to fly as in-cabin pets.


More Information on Shipping: 

 Please allow us to initiate the flight scheduling with the airline. It is quite different than scheduling a human flight and we are what you would call "experts" in dealing with the airline since we have shipped many puppies over the years. As soon as we receive the detailed information on your puppy's flight we will issue you a detailed flight information pdf complete with flight confirmation numbers so you can also see the flight details directly through the airline or even call them for confirmation. We have never had any problems with the PetSafe program and have been shipping puppies for over 10 years.   


The puppies can fly via the airline starting when they are 10 weeks old. Prior to this I will work with you to decide  on the exact day that works well for you to receive your puppy. The days are pretty flexible, but the times depend  on what the airline has available and are sometimes limited. The puppies ship on specific airplanes that are equipped  to handle live animal transport which are climate controlled. This means that puppies can only go on specific flights. 


We can generally ship once the puppies are 10 weeks old, and typically  any day of the  week except Sundays. Once we have decided on a date, I fill out the  preliminary shipping form with the airline.  They then contact me with the detailed flight information 1-3 days after  I fill out the form. Once I have received this  information I will forward it directly to you via email in a detailed  flight itinerary sheet which includes  reservation confirmation number, flight number, departure/arrival times,  what to bring with you, and the specific pickup location  address at your airport.

 As per airline requirements, every puppy shipping through the airline receives a health check & flight clearance  through our licensed veterinarian several days prior to the flight date.      


What information do you need to ship my puppy? 

We need the following to schedule your puppy's flight: 

  • Name of the person who will need clearance at the airport to pick up the puppy (as it appears on your govt. issued  photo ID).   
  • Your Address   
  • Your Phone Number   
  • Secondary Phone Number (optional)


What to bring when you pick up your puppy: 

  • The phone number for  pet Reservations line.   
  • A printout of the confirmation number from the email that included the flight itinerary.   
  • Photo ID for the person picking up the puppy.   
  • Water to offer the puppy after you get to your vehicle.   
  • Collar and leash for the ride home for potential potty stops.   
  • Antibacterial wipes to wipe the puppy's feet if soiled during the  trip. (Many do not have accidents, but they are still babies so it  happens.)   
  • Trash bag or plastic grocery bag to put the soiled bedding in from the trip.   
  • Blanket to put with the puppy for the ride home.            

An older puppy waiting for his flight at the airport to head to his new home in California.

An older puppy waiting for his flight at the airport to head to his new home in California.