people start looking for a puppy right before they want to acquire one.
If I could give you one piece of advice, it would be: Start six months,
or even a year, before your target date of bringing a puppy home. Many
Ridgeback bitches cycle every 8 or 9 months, which means there is often a
wait for litters. And having a long lead time gives you a leisurely
opportunity to meet breeders and make an intelligent decision without
the emotional tug of a newly born litter to contend with. A breeder does
not have to have puppies on the ground for you to call and say: "I am
interested in the breed. May I come and meet your dogs?"
to meet puppy buyers before the litter arrives -- if possible, months
before the breeding takes place. Getting together in person lets you
meet and interact with my dogs . And it permits both of us to decide if
we are "right" for each other.
put a great deal of time, effort and love into my puppies. They are
truly home reared, raised in my home -- not a garage or a basement --
and they interact constantly with children of all ages, including my