When you first contact a breeder one of the first questions they will ask is are you looking for a Companion (or Pet quality) puppy or a Show pup ? It is not a tough question but if you are not aware of the differences it may seem more confusing than it needs to be.
Many breeders have two separate prices for puppies. A companion or pet quality is a puppy not intended to be a Champion of Record. For one or more reasons they might not be able to finish in a dog show ring as a Champion. It may be simple, things like the shape of their ridge, the amount of white they have, the markings on their face, their bite, the tail and how it is placed or carried. A Companion, or Pet Quality puppy is not intended to be part of the breeding pool. Normally placed with a Spay/ Neuter contract, they are altered within an agreed upon period of time . They are sold with a Limited Registration, if they are bred their puppies can not be registered .
Aside from a cosmetic variation there are rarely any differences between the Companion and Show pup or dog. There are almost always both types of pups in any given litter. The most important part of a Rhodesian Ridgeback is very simply it's personality and intelligence. They have great heart and soul. When buying a dog you need to choose a dog you can live with, if you are not planing on showing or possibly breeding in the future, opting for the Companion is an excellent way to go. You will not have to deal with seasons for a bitch or testosterone surges for a male. Eliminating the breeding "equipment" also means greatly lowering the chances of mammary cancers, prostrate cancer, other health issues and many behavioral issues . Intact animals require an entirely different level of commitment. Protecting them from accidental breedings , dealing with strays , and the simple mess of dealing with a season.
Companions can enter almost every event and actively that a show dog can be. (Excluding the conformation ring, and for Ridgeless , Lure coursing. ) You can enjoy obedience, agility, rally, tracking, herding, hunting, and our personal favorite Therapy dog work.
A Show dog will be sold on a Full Registration. This is required to both show in a dog show and to breed puppies that may be registered. A show dog has to have a correct ridge, correct bite,decent structure and with proper training and handling the dog should have a decent chance of finishing as a Champion. They are not smarter or more loving. There are a great many demands that are associated with owning an intact dog. You are not required to show your show dog unless it is stipulated in your contract with your breeder. You can spay or neuter your dog as long as long as your contract allows you to. Should you keep the dog intact you will be facing the increase risk of health issues, an increased level of training and socialization and absolutely an increase in the expense of owning the dog.
On occasion a dog may have a different personality, more timid or aggressive than other Ridgebacks. It is our belief that dogs like this should not be bred. They may be wonderful companion in a Ridgeback experienced home. It should never be forgotten this is a powerful breed of dog.
LAMENT OF A LADY WHO HAS GONE TO THE DOGS
There was a time, there really was,
When I was sweet and tender;
When Show Dog meant a Disney Star,
and bitch was not a gender.
I went to bed at half past ten;
I went to church on Sunday;
On Saturday I baked the beans
and did the wash on Monday.
But then I got a certain pup,
And an erstwhile friend said "SHOW",
And so I did and so I do,
OH! What I didn't know.
I used to dress with flair and style,
That was the life, don't knock it.
But now each dress from bed to ball
Must have a good bait pocket.
I used to have a certain air,
I wallowed in perfume,
I used to smell of Niut D'Amour,
Now I smell like Mr. Groom.
My furniture was haute decor,
My pets a tank of guppies.
Now I've furniture unstuffed,
And well-adjusted puppies.
Once I spoke in pristine prose,
In dulcet tones and frail,
But now I'm using language,
That would turn a sailor pale.
I was taught to be well groomed
no matter where I went.
Now all the grooming that I do
is in the handler's tent.
I used to long for furs and jewels
And a figure classed as super,
Now the thing I yearn for most
is a nice new pooper scooper.
I adored a man who murmured verse,
through intimate little dinners,
But now the words I thrill to hear,
Are just three-"Best of Winners".
I rise at dawn and pack the car,
the road ahead's a long one.
The one I routed on the maps,
Invariably's the wrong one.
I really love this doggy life,
I wouldn't care to change it.
But when I get that Best in Show,
I plan to rearrange it.
When my time on earth is done,
I'll go without much nudging.
Just give me three weeks closing date,
and let me know who's judging.
Author Unknown But Brilliant!! :0)