Palmetto Ridgebacks

About Puppy Purchasing

Q: Is there a waiting list?

A:  No.  But I highly encourage anyone interested in purchasing a puppy in the future to join this website because I send out blast emails to all site members each time I breed my dogs and when the puppies are born.  

Q:  When can I pick my puppy?  

A:  Puppies need to be chosen between 4-5 weeks.  Buyers purchasing at Full Registration will be able to choose first at a first come (first deposit), first serve basis.  The next rank will be for Limited Registration.

Q:  How do I hold a puppy?

A:  You can hold a puppy with a $250 non-refundable deposit.  The remaining amount is due at pick up or prior to shipping.

Q:  What is the price for a puppy?  


  • $2,000 - AKC Full Registration
  • $1,500 - AKC limited registration.
  • $500 - No Ridge, AKC limited registration.

Q:  What is a breed standard ridge?

A:  For details please visit

Q:  Why do some puppies not have a ridge?

A:  The Ridge with two crowns is breed standard and characteristic of a Rhodesian Ridgeback.     However, just because a puppy is born without one does not make him/her less of a hunter, family pet, companion etc.  They are not show quality and mine are sold with limited registration meaning the offspring cannot be registered.  The lack of a Ridge does not put them at any greater risk of health problems.  

Q:  Are the dew claws removed?

A:  Yes, the dew claws will be removed by my vet.

Q:  Will the puppies be vet checked?

A:  Yes the puppies are checked by my vet and given their 1st set of shots at 6 weeks of age and are ready for "pick up" on that day.

Q:  Are the puppies checked for Dermoid Sinus?

A:  Yes, I have my vet check them for Dermoid Sinus.

Q:  Do you ship puppies?

A:  Yes, I do ship.  I prefer buyers to pick up their puppies and encourage people to visit my kennels but I understand that picking up a puppy is not an option for some people.  It is up to the buyer to make flight arrangements on dates specified by breeder.

Q:  What is the process for shipping a puppy?

A:  The cost for shipping a puppy varies.  The average is $350.  An additional service charge of $100 will be added to the puppy price to cover the crate and trip to the airport. 

Q:  How old does a puppy have to be if I want him/her shipped?

A:  Larger breeds can ship at 8 weeks of age.

Q:  What is the cost for shipping?

A:  The actual shipping cost varies depending on which airline I use, how much the puppy weighs, and if the puppy has to be categorized as DASH meaning the layover is an hour or less.  The average cost is $250 but my past range was $224-$374.  The buyer also is responsible for the Health Certificate ($65) and crate and travel items ($100).

Q:  What is the difference between Vet check and Health Certificate?

A:  All the puppies will be Vet Checked and given their first set of shots.  In order to ship a puppy a health certificate must be provided to the airline and the cost for this certificate is $65.

Q:  Is there something wrong with the puppies that are born without a ridge?

A:  No.  A Rhodesian Ridgeback that is born without a ridge is still a full blooded Rhodesian Ridgeback.  Please view the link section of this website to read the full explanation and history of the Dominant gene that gives the Rhodesian Ridgeback this characteristic trait. 

About the Dogs

Q:  What kind of food do I use?

A:  I use grain free food.  

Q:  Are my dogs OFA certified?

A:  Yes.  I get my dogs OFA certified for hips and elbows as soon as possible (Must be 2 years old to be certified).