This article is from the Rhodesian Ridgebacks Breed FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Gordon) with numerous contributions by others.
* _RRCUS Breeders_: Write to RRCUS, 25198 E. 19th Street, San
Bernardino, CA, 92404, and request a copy of the most recent RRCUS
Breeder Directory. All breeders listed in this directory have
sworn to uphold the RRCUS code of ethics. For $2.00 (to cover the
cost of postage and printing), you will receive the breeder's
directory and a packet of information about the breed. This packet
and breeder's directory are updated every Spring.
* It is up to the buyer to ascertain whether or not a particular
breeder meets the buyer's standards and needs.
* You should feel free to ask a breeder for references. Further, you
should expect a responsible breeder, whether a member of RRCUS or
not, to exhibit evidence of careful and prudent breeding.
+ A responsible breeder X-rays the hips of all breeding stock.
+ A responsible breeder will only use dogs free of hip
dysplasia and free of other major health problems as breeding
+ A responsible breeder will have obtained an OFA certification
of clear hips, or an OFA preliminary X-Ray for all breeding
stock. (OFA=Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)
+ A responsible breeder will have you register your puppy with
AKC at the time of your purchase.
+ A responsible breeder will supply you with
o your puppy's medical record
o a pedigree
o an instruction sheet
o a small supply of your puppy's current food and water
(or instructions where to purchase the puppy's current
o information about the breed
o a guarantee that the dog will be free of hip dysplasia
and dermoid sinus and free of vicious propensities if
the dog is properly trained and treated.
* And be forewarned: A responsible breeder will probably want to
determine whether or not you meet his or her standards as a home
for a puppy. Just as you may ask a breeder for references, don't
be surprised if a breeder asks _you_ for references.