If you would like to be considered for a puppy from our planned litter or a future breeding, please fill out an inquiry form on our "contact us" page.
We require an interview and approval prior to all puppy placements.
Reputable breeders health-screen their dogs. At a minimum, dogs should be certified as being free of hip and elbow dysplasia by an independent registry such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). A vet checkup is not a sufficient "health screen" for the purpose of determining whether or not to use a dog in a breeding program, although responsible breeders will generally have a pre-breeding checkup for the prospective dam of a litter. The breeder should be able to provide you with documentation of these clearances or direct you to the information on the OFA website upon request. In addition, most breeders also screen for proper thyroid function and for cardiac, vision and hearing problems as well as conduct genetic testing for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) for their breeding animals not cleared by parentage.
Not every puppy in a litter is “show potential”. In Ridgebacks, there are some cosmetic faults that disqualify a puppy from being successful in the show ring. Most common is that a puppy is born without a ridge – yes it is possible! Sometimes puppies may have a ridge, but a “crown” may be missing or the ridge may be shorter than the standard requires. Some other cosmetic faults include an off-set bite, a kinked tail, or excessive white. Rarely, a Ridgeback may even be a “non standard” color such as black and tan or brindle. At Maijani, we have a Black and Tan Ridgeback named Memphis that is a wonderful companion but will not be bred.
Some puppies are born with a congenital defect called a “dermoid sinus”. Breeders look for these at birth as well as while the puppies grow, but they can be difficult to detect. Luckily, this condition can be corrected by surgery but if not removed they can turn into a life-threatening problem.
At Maijani, our dogs and puppies are raised on a combination of high-quality kibble and raw food. We follow a minimal vaccination protocol and work with our vet to determine the need for additional, specific vaccinations based on what diseases are occurring in our area or at dog shows. We use both traditional veterinary care as well as alternative therapies including chiropractic care, acupuncture, and laser therapy for rehab purposes with our dogs. We work closely with our puppy owners to help them make the best decisions for their dogs regarding issues such as nutrition and health care. Our puppy people can call us at any time for any reason and we will gladly help them work through any problem.
We put extensive time and effort into the planning and rearing of our puppies. They are raised in our home and are regularly handled and loved, and when old enough get supervized interaction with our other dogs and children. Because we are concerned about our puppies, all our dogs are placed in their new homes with a contract that outlines our expectations for the placement as well as our committments to our puppy owners. If approved for placement, we will walk through our contracts in advance of our puppies going home to be sure all questions are answered and addressed prior to a puppy being picked up.
If you would like to be considered for a puppy, please send us an inquiry on our "Contact Us" page. Because we breed infrequently, it's best to get on our waiting list in advance of a planned litter.