The Puppy Process

If you are interested in getting a puppy from one of our litters, the first step is to send an email to

When we know we have a litter coming we will send you a puppy profile sheet that gives us contact and other information about you, your preferences, etc. When you send it back (email or regular mail), that puts you officially on “the list”. 

Once the puppies are 4 weeks old, we hold group puppy visits where we want you to get in the puppy pen so the puppy selection process starts to happen. We have adult dogs (parents of the pups if possible) at the puppy visits as well - so that you can really see what their size is like. We like to think the puppy picks you. If there are obvious pets (too much white, imperfect ridges, a kink in the tail) those puppies may be claimed on a first come first commitment basis. If we are not sure whether a puppy will be characterized as pet or show, you would need to wait until we do the evaluations at 8 weeks – just days before the pups go home - to make your choice. If you are willing to commit to a pup whether he or she is show or pet, we will guarantee you that pup, based on your order on the waiting list.

Pups go home with a health exam certificate from Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center, their first puppy shot, their AKC registration (prepaid), and microchip. The other two puppy shots are provided by us, as well, when you bring them back to our house at 11 and 14 weeks of age. You will not have to take your pup to the vet until age 4 months - when they need a rabies vaccine. All of this saves you about $500 in vet expense.

All parents are DM normal, with OFA clearances for hips, and elbows. All parent must be in normal range for thyroid.

When it comes to puppy selection, I would encourage you all to keep an open mind. I can't tell you how many times someone has said they want either a boy or girl or just a pet and make a totally different choice.

We are very hands-on breeders. We like to have reunions twice a year (November and May). If what you want is a dog with no further interaction - that's not us. We have a lifelong commitment with each pup and are here for you and for them just about 24/365.This is a long form text area designed for your content that you can fill up with as many words as your heart desires. You can write articles, long mission statements, company policies, executive profiles, company awards/distinctions, office locations, shareholder reports, whitepapers, media mentions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.

Puppies Come In All Types

Ridgeback pups are more than just boys and girls. 

Ridges - Pups are either born with a ridge or not. It doesn't grow in or show up later.  The ridge is the hallmark of the breed, but a ridgeless ridgeback is still the same pure bred dog, minus a feature. They are the same athletic, low maintenance dog.

Coat Color - Pups can be any shade of wheaten: light wheaten, wheaten, or red wheaten. In the photo above there is one wheaten pup and two red wheaten pups.

Nose Color - Ridgebacks either have a black nose or a brown nose. The puppy on the extreme right is a brown or liver nose pup..

Mask or Clear Face - Some pups have a full mask, some have dark shading, and some pups have no dark marking on their face at all. 

Show Puppies and Pets - The pups that have the best conformational qualities in the litter are usually designated as potential show dogs. Show dogs are the dogs we may breed in the future so obtaining their championship is the first important step. It's an easier arrangement than you may think because we do all of the work.

Show Pups and Pets are the same price.

Pets may have minor flaws that you might not even see or care about.