Why buy a Rhodesian Ridgeback from a VDH-affiliated breeder club?
Rightfully so, “puppy mills” (a.k.a. puppy farms) and dog traders keep falling back into the spotlight of the media. Without any controls, they produce dogs and puppies, which are isolated from human contact and surroundings. Puppies are whelped and kept in stables, cages, balconies or basements. Dogs whelped and raised under such conditions won’t be fully capable of becoming a reliable, environmentally responsible social partner for humans.
Before you can breed within the VDH (German Breeders’ Association), a whole series of prerequisites must first be fulfilled. The premises, in which a litter of puppies is to grow, is closely examined to guarantee, not only for extensive human contact, but also for gathering experiences outside under the sky. The parent dogs have to prove their conformity with the standard and in their nature, which occurs at exhibitions (dog shows) and through their breed-compliance test (ZZP). Additionally, a radiographic examination and assessment of the hip joints and forelegs is mandatory. All of these are prerequisites must be met before a pairing is allowed to take place. This is done to create the highest possible probability of healthy Ridgebacks with the typical characteristics of its breed. As with all living things, there still can be no guarantee here. But the VDH, with its rules and regulations, creates good conditions for a dog bred with quality. Such conditions, dear dog friend, you will find nowhere else, especially not by the unbounded "breeder" around the corner.
Within the VDH, our DZRR is the Ridgeback association with a largest number of breeders, all of whom have set themselves to the goal: to breed healthy dogs true to the characteristics and nature of its breed.
Dear Dog Friend
You are sure, that you not only want to take a dog into your life, but also meet his temporal, spatial, financial and personal requirements for it.
Now you have decided for our breed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback. So let us take a look together as to whether this decision was made correctly, not just through feelings, but also through reason. We certainly don’t mean this pompously, but we want to help make the dog-human relationship happy and satisfying for both partners.
Are you impressed by the characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback?
So, if you have thought about it again as to whether a Rhodesian Ridgeback really suits you, your family and your lifestyle, and you came to a positive answer, then contact the DZRR puppy broker. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not an assembly line product and our breeders plan their litters very carefully. So please understand that you cannot immediately put your decision into action. You will get a list of breeders from our puppy broker, who are either planning a litter or already have puppies available. You can then contact these breeders by phone or e-mail to arrange a first, non-binding visit. Don’t be angry if a breeder asks you many and very personal questions! We are proud that our breeders do not sell away their puppies inconsiderably to just anybody. Don’t hesitate to visit several breeders. That way you can get a complete picture and compare the various possibilities.
At each breeder, the puppies are checked by trained breed-wardens ("litter-audit"), so that only inspected and healthy puppies are handed over to the buyers.
And when it comes time to adopt your Rhodesian Ridgeback and take him home, please do not forget that the DZRR (German Breeder’s Association Rhodesian Ridgeback) offers you the opportunity to seek expert advice. Often articles about obedience problems are printed in the club’s periodical magazine, " Obmann für Ausbildung und Leistung ", which offers practical exercises. Shows, walks and lectures by scientists compliments the DZRR offer. Although our club is called a "breeders' community", it is naturally also for dog owners. You are certainly welcome, even though there’s no consideration of breeding your Ridgeback. The wide range of information and events is not only interesting for breeders! A membership in the DZRR is possible for every Ridgeback friend.
One could write so much more about the Rhodesian Ridgeback. But we think that enough has been said to help guide you. However, if you have any further questions, we would be pleased to hear from you.
We wish you and your future dog all the best and a harmonious human-dog relationship!