NO PUPPY PLANS AT THIS TIME
Things to consider when thinking about a puppy from us:
We look for the following from perspective homes:
--active families physically, ie: hike or run, long walks daily etc (we will not place a puppy to decorate the couch). Exercise is something we value for long-term health physically and mentally. Ridgebacks need activity as a pack animal that thrived hunting. We do not put a priority on show dogs but rather on the right fit for each puppy and owner. It is more important each companion is an integral family member and kept busy and happy, than any ribbon potential.
--families planning on attending classes to train and socialize properly as this is crucial to a well adapted companion. A schedule that permits ample time daily to socialization and exercise.
Frrom this first litter we have: one AKC Champion finished at 17 Mmonths old in very limited showFrs, 4 QC's, 2 pointed with BOB/ 1st placements in ASFA, one BOB- major pointed in AKC coursing, one BIF winner, one Hound Specialty Winner's Bitch, one RATI Instinct, and one RN title with 3 scores in the highMulti Hound Show Winning, Gch Intrigue's Full Expression, Please review the RRCUS website for breeders in your area for available puppie
Gemini winning first place brood bitch at the 2007 Nationals
with sons Atticus and Koda behind her.
Calypso following on Momma Gemini's heels winning third place
brood bitch at the 2012 Nationals with daughters Ellie and Fusion.
Breeding Program Details
One of the staples of our breeding program is Ridgebacks true to type, with plenty of reach and drive. Our foundation stock, Gemini and Apollo, provided us that. Dogs placed in the show ring are required to have fluid, unrestricted movement, it is otherwise a pet in our program.
We consistently produce sound representatives of the breed. We attend our National Specialties, and have placed in every show we have entered since 2005, in all venues including Rally obedience, Novice obedience, Lure coursing, Endurance and Conformation. We had our first Triathlon Qualifier in 2009 and our second in 2013. We only breed from AKC Championed stock, with the goal to produce champions for the next generation and wonderful pets for special homes.
Things to Consider When Searching for a Puppy or Breeder
breeders typically have a full wait list for litters before or around
the time of whelping.
It is important to get on a wait list ahead of time. Waiting several months for a well-bred Ridgeback is quite common and should be expected. Our litters are definitely planned this way and well ahead of the 8 week mark for puppies to head to their new homes. This is very often the case responsible breeders period. Bringing a litter into the world with little to no homes lined up is not responsible. Taking a puppy home is not first come first serve, as our number one goal is to match puppies to the right owners for them to flourish and mature properly. Each puppy is evaluated at 7 weeks for temperament to decide which home would be the best match. Puppies change daily almost before this point, so no decisions are made in stone before the Temperament test. We will be very honest if we decide we do not have the right puppy for a specific home and will try to match you with another breeder to find that perfect puppy.
Be patient and respectful when inquiring with a breeder. An email inquiry asking only "if we have puppies and how much do they cost?" is inappropriate. Most breeders require a puppy questionnaire as an initial part of the process, before opening their home for visits. Breeders have busy lives with jobs and families too so please be patient. The questionnaire gives breeders a background on each candidate and gives a basis for further interviewing. A good breeder is one who plans carefully each litter and very carefully interviews for appropriate homes for their puppies. A good breeder is active in conformation shows and/or performance events and is a member of breed clubs (such as the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States (RRCUS) and/or a local obedience, training or performance club). They are proving the viability of thier stock by participating in such events. That said, spend the time to investigate breeders as these affiliations do not guarantee reputable breeding and support is happening. The goal of any breeding should be preservation of the breed through correct conformation, with the goal to place some pups in the show ring and hopefully in the future of the breeding program. A good breeder quite simply is involved in the "dog fancy", not just selling dogs to pay their mortgage. You could ask yourself, is this breeder working for a living, or just producing puppies? Do they always just use thier own stud dogs, or are they open to the financial commitment which involves potentially using frozen or chilled semen, or a dog of vaster distance to get to for breeding?? How many litters do thier girls produce? How many litters per year do they produce? What do they do If a dog winds up in rescue (of thier breeding)? Will they take a dog back and/or rehome a dog they bred? Is this breeder running health tests as recommended by RRCUS on thier breeding stock? Many times these are good things to consider overall in investgating breeders. They all reflect integrity and responsibility in breeding dogs. As one can see, research and time needs to be done to find a quality puppy from a solid breeder.
Definitely check for full health testing....
OFA Hips and Elbows, Full Thyroid panel, CERF (eyes), Cardiac, EOAD deafness, DM DNA. Results for these should be available from the breeder for both parents. Thyroid and CERF (eye) reports should be current (within 18 months minimum) when a breeding is done. Testing these areas only once, assuming all is good and 3-4 yrs later breeding is inappropriate and irresponsible.
Puppies Go home with the following:
AKC registration paperwork
First 8 week vaccine, deworming and full vet check-up
Extensive puppy packet, puppy pedigree, health certificates for both parents
An old toy (smells like momma) and a new toy
food, Phytoflex joint supplement, Snuggle Puppy
Previous Intrigue Litters
Previous Intrigue Litters
July 2005: Gemini X Beckett
Ch Intrigue's Madeira Magic Koda, CGC TDI
Grand Ch Intrigue's Madeira Trojan Moon, CGC TDI HIC RN ET Fch SC TT
Ch Intrigue's Madeira Olympian Goddess, HIC
Ch Intrigue's Madeira Amazn Aladdin, CGC TDI TT ET RE CD Fch SC HIC VC
March and November 2006: Gemini X Seger
Ch Intrigue's Atticus by Seger, CGC SC RN Fch
Ch Intrigue Epic Journey, MC RN ET CGC TT Fch
January 2008: Hera X Apollo
Intrigue's Mission to Kailua-Kona, CGC TT RN
DC Intrigue's Mission Impossible, MC CGC ET
DC Intrigue's Olympic F1 Legend, SC CGC ET
UKC Ch Intrigue's Lava Girl Kioni, CGC RN TDI
March 2009: Calypso X Apollo
Ch Intrigue's Gem on Fire, CGC SC RN ET
Ch Intrigue's RS Lie Down With Lions, CGC
Intrigue's Trojan Redd Sun, CGC TDI JC QC RN TT BN
Intrigue's Second Wind Orla, CGC QC JC BN RA TDI TD
November 2010: Calypso X Titan
Grand Ch Intrigue's Full Expression, CGC TDI JC SC RN JCD JGRD ET BN AXJ NJP RATI NF CA
Intrigue's King of Matabos, CGC JC SC
Grand Ch Intrigue's I'm the Bees Knees at Cynara, RN CGC JC QC BN
Intrigue's Sweet Northern Sage, CGC HIC
March 2012: Calypso X Titan (repeat)
Int Ch Intrigue's Discordia, CGC SC RN
Intrigue's First Legend of Ferarri, CGC JC
March 2014: Fusion x Kruger
DC Intrigue's West Coast Expression, SC CGC TDI RATI NPF NJP NAP CA
BIF FC Intrigue's Legendary Five Star Expression, SC
Intrigue's Enchanting Siragon Expression, JC QC CAA
Intrigue's Koa Bay, RE
July 2017: Mister x Jasmine
Intrigue's Summer of Love
Intrigue's Woofstock Expression
Intrigue's Incredible Expression of Jabari (major pointed)