BWANA KENNEL AKC BREEDERS OF MERIT

AKC Rhodesian Ridgebacks Ethically Bred and Raised in our Home. Therapy and Show Dogs raised with Children.

WARNING:The internet is a fascinating thing allowing us to explore any and everything our heart desires.  Sadly some sites are set up to tell you "anything" to make a sale. 

   Before we go into the important things you should really know before buying a puppy Please let me say something VERY important. YOU never have to apologize for wanting a purebred pup. There are groups that spend millions every year to make you think you are a selfish jerk because you have an image of the dog you want to spend the next 10-15 years with.  They are , and I am not alone in saying this,,, WRONG. With the economy stinking and the thought of a commitment for 10-15 years in front of you why one earth would ANYONE think researching and carefully finding a breeder is a wrong s

   Before we go into the important things you should really know before buying a puppy Please let me say something VERY important. YOU never have to apologize for wanting a purebred pup. There are groups that spend millions every year to make you think you are a selfish jerk because you have an image of the dog you want to spend the next 10-15 years with.  They are , and I am not alone in saying this,,, WRONG. With the economy stinking and the thought of a commitment for 10-15 years in front of you why one earth would ANYONE think researching and carefully finding a breeder is a wrong step?  By purchasing a purebred pup you have an edge over how to manage his life. With ethical breeders you have someone who will listen , help and sometimes laugh with you about what you are going through.

Allow me to offer you some tools that will help you in your search for a well bred puppy to share your home and life with.

   We strongly recommend using only Ethical Breeders who among other things are members of the National Breed Club, "RRCUS", The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States. There are ethical breeders who do not belong to RRCUS, but you will have to do your homework on them. As RRCUS members there are perks of course. Being part of a community where excellence is rewarded and research is supported is a great feeling.  But it comes at a cost, we do self regulate. Taking poorly thought out chances or breeding with out a plan is frowned on. Like a small town , everyone seems to know everyone's business at times.  That does create a level of performance and participation that keeps the back yard breeder and the puppy miller out. 

   Ethical breeders will have a well thought out breeding program. They will  test for Breed specific health concerns. Registering the results with O.F.A. for Hips, Elbows, Patellas and Thyroid . Cardiac screens are done along with CERF , (eyes) and BAER , (hearing). Most of today's breeders are also taking advantage of the new DNA test for D.M. While not 100% understood the test is a step in the right direction.  Degenerative Myelopathy is a devastating disorder that can bring the 4 legged love of your life to a miserable end. Our Kennel also prides it's self on Temperament Testing. It truly does not matter how beautiful a dog is , if you can not live with it, you have a bad investment. 

   We also strongly suggest you look for a pup who is whelped in the home as opposed to a kennel or garage. Pups who enter the world surrounded by the noise and chaos of life better adapt to the changes it may face in the future. Ours are whelped in our master bedroom. They go into the front room after a few weeks to deal with our 5 grandkids, the comings and goings of a normal life lived to it's fullest. Older dogs and visitors, tv and door bells our pups are not sheltered from life... they learn early to embrace it.   

   We strongly encourage you to get to know us. Should we agree to place a puppy with you we are going to become at the very least, very good friends!  We want to hear from you. If you have questions, call or email. If you have concerns we are always available. Call my cell  I may not be able to answer if I am working dogs or with my 5 grand children but I will return your call ASAP! We treasure the relationship we maintain with our puppy families. Carefully selecting them from a long list of applicants and then knowing the value of people who appreciate the quality and caring that represents our pups.

   Our dogs are AKC (American Kennel Club) registered. We have been members in good standing of the National Breed Club,( RRCUS)  for close to 2 decades. We show our dogs in both AKC shows to champion, and other registries and events for fun. Some breeders opt for other registries that are less demanding and frankly seem to accept so many new "breeds" every year they are very confusing.  CKC, UKC, SKC  and on and on... which ever registry you decide on please know the AKC has a long and reputable history in both  show and performance worlds. They have a high standard. And even more importantly they stress health and education in both owners and breeders. The AKC has scholarship programs for Junior handlers. They fund advancements and studies in Health and Genetics. They offer Health Insurance and a Micro chipping program to assist the return of your loved one should they become lost. A breeder breaking the rules in AKC will find themselves suspended or expelled from the registry. Few other registries attempt to hold on to exacting standards for the many breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club.

   We attend the National Specialties every year possible. From the East Coast to the West Coast. The North to the South. Enjoying the seminars and networking available only when surrounded by an average of 500+ big brown dogs and the people who love them.

   As members of RRCUS we are proud to help support the Health and Genetic studies and the incredible Rescues who pull Ridgebacks out of harm's way all over the United States

One final note, before choosing a pup from even an ethical breeder.... check out Breed Rescues and your Local Shelter. You will be amazed where you find Love.

 " Be the Change you want to see in the world" Gandhi...