Finding a Thai Ridgeback Puppy
Finding a good breeder is the best way to finding the right Thai ridgeback puppy. A good breeder will match you with the best dog for you, and will without question, have done all the necessary Health tests to screen out any potential health problems. A good breeder will be more interested in placing pups in the right homes than making money. Be wary of breeders who tell you only good things about the breed or who promote the breed as being “good with kids” without any context as to what that means.
Good breeders will welcome all your questions about temperament, Hip scores, Health tests, or any other concerns you might have, and what the dogs are like to live with, and will come back at you with questions of their own about what you’re looking for in a dog and what kind of life you can provide for a puppy. A good breeder can tell you about the history of the breed, explain why one puppy is considered pet quality while another is not, and discuss what health problems affect the breed and the steps they take take to avoid those problems in the breed. A good breeder will have a solid understanding of the TRD breed and be able to mentor you throughout your dog’s life. And be there to give you advice or support at any time, should you need it.
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Avoid breeders who seem interested only in how quickly they can unload a puppy on you and whether your credit card will go through. Breeders who offer puppies at one price, and later on drop the price to ensure a sale are unethical. You should also bear in mind that buying a puppy from websites that offer to ship your dog to you immediately can be a risky venture, as it leaves you no recourse if what you get isn’t exactly what you expected. Put at least as much effort into researching your Breeder as you would into choosing a new car or expensive appliance. It will save you money in the long run.
Lots of reputable breeders have websites, so how can you tell who’s good and who’s not? Red flags include puppies always being available, multiple litters/puppies for sale, having your choice of any puppy, A breeder prepared to sell you a puppy without asking any questions, and the ability to pay online with a credit card. These things are convenient, but they are almost never associated with reputable breeders.
Wherever you’re planning to get your puppy from, don’t forget that old adage “let the buyer beware”. Disreputable breeders and facilities that deal with puppy Brokers can be hard to distinguish from reliable operations. There’s no 100% guaranteed way to make sure you’ll never purchase a sick puppy, but researching the breed, asking for references from satisfied customers, and asking the right questions can reduce the chances of heading into a disastrous situation.
Don’t forget to ask your own veterinarian, to do a full health check on your puppy as soon as you get it, paying special attention to check your puppy is clear of any Dermoid Sinus. (speaking from experience, not ALL vets are skilled or experienced in this field.) Make sure you have your puppy health checked by a vet with knowledge and experience in palpating for this condition.
The cost of a Thai Ridgeback puppy varies depending on the breeder’s locale, whether the pup is male or female, what titles the parents have, and whether the puppy is best suited for a show home or a pet home. The puppy you buy should have been raised in a clean home environment and come from parents with Sound temperaments, clear hip and elbow scores. They should be free of the Dermoid sinus cyst. And be good representatives of the breed. Puppies should be temperament tested, vetted, dewormed,checked for dermoid sinus cysts and socialized to give them a healthy, confident start in life.
Ask the breeder to show you written evidence that a Thai ridgeback puppy’s parents have been hip scored, and have been tested and rated as suitable for breeding. Having the dogs "vet checked" or 'Showing' a dog is not a substitute for genetic health testing. And is no indication of good genetic health.
(Ethical breeders will be happy to show you their dogs hip results, if a breeder refuses, then this is usually an indication they haven't done the tests or their dogs received a poor result)
Before you decide to buy a puppy, consider whether an adult Thai ridgeback might better suit your needs and lifestyle. Puppies are loads of fun, but they require a lot of time and effort before they grow up to become the dog of your dreams. An adult may already have some training and will probably be less active, destructive, and demanding than a puppy. With an adult, you know more about what you’re getting in terms of personality and health, and you can find adults through breeders or rescue shelters. If you are interested in acquiring an older dog through breeders, ask them about purchasing a retired show dog or if they know of an adult dog who needs a new home.
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