Tifari Puppies

FamilyFoosa (right) with 2 of her pups:
Henry 3.5 mo. (center) and Piper 1 year

Tifari Ridgebacks is a small hobby kennel. The word "Kennel" is used loosely as our dogs live in our home with us as family members. We only breed occasionally, and with the health of our dogs in mind. We do not take deposits, but do have a waiting list. All pups are not only whelped in the house but raised there as well until placed in their new homes at 8 weeks of age. The pups are given extensive socialization and prospective puppy owners can visit frequently. All pups will go home with a helpful packet of information, a written health guarantee, a microchip, toys, collar, and have been started on their vaccinations.

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Each breeding is planned carefully and according to the code of Ethics required by the various RR Clubs and AKC. Both the sire and dam have passed their OFA health clearances for Hip and Elbow Dysplasia, as well as their Heart, Thyroid, and Eyes. (Thyroid and CERF (eye) reports should be current, Eyes should be retested within at least 18 months of any breeding and Thyroid should be re-tested at ages 2,4,6 and 8 years.  Testing once only in the life of the dog is inappropriate and irresponsible)  Here at Tifari we want to take the health testing a step beyond, so we also test the shoulders and patellas(knees) of our breeding dogs. A DNA test for DM (Degenerative Mylopathy) has recently become available and so we also test our potential breeding dogs for this as well. All puppy buyers will be provided with a copy of these certifications. Most importantly, the temperaments of both parents will be screened. Versatility and intelligence are other qualities We look for when choosing the sire and dam for a breeding match. We look for titles other than simply a Champion (Ch) to show that the dogs have the intelligence and willingness to learn and work for their owners. A well rounded dog will have titles on both ends of their names!

Puppy PilePile o' puppies!

The most important goal of Tifari RR's is to produce beautiful pups that have GREAT temperaments. We strive for dogs that are pretty and can be shown in the conformation ring, but we understand most pups will grow up to be family pets, so the first role of Tifari pups will be to be great companion dogs, and the second will be to be a great ambassador of the breed, be it in the show ring, lure coursing, obedience, agility, therapy work, hunting, or at the dog park...etc.

The "type" here at Tifari RR is a ridgeback that has a nice square or blocky head and is of substantial Bone, rather than the "whippet" style body or the "snipey" or narrow head. We breed for the standard size: Females 25 inches and around 70 lbs. Males 27 inches and 85-95 lbs.

If you are interested in a puppy the first step is to fill out our questionnaire. After receiving it we will contact you to set up a meeting in person and you can meet the dogs and our family.  Since we do not breed frequently there is often a waiting list for one of our puppies. 

The next MI LITTER IS PLANNED FOR Spring of 2017, Ayla x Hercules. Check out their litter announcement page for more information. We are looking for homes interested in showing and performance venues.  


Available Stud Dogs (Our Stud dogs have completed their OFA health screenings, are AKC Champions, and have passed their Canine Good Citizen Tests)
DEXTER  /  STRYKER HERCULES / GUINNESS / ENZO


Past Litters


Suggested Reading

Tunnel Tunnel Fun!
  •  RRCUS -A whole Series of Online informative Articles on if the Ridgeback is the right breed for you, Ridgeback Club of the United States Official Website
  •  The Rhodesian Ridgeback-An Owner's Guide to a happy, healthy pet. By Eileen Bailey AMAZON.COM 
  • The Rhodesian Ridgeback (Comprehensive Owner's Guide) by Ann Chamberlain AMAZON.COM 
  • The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson AMAZON.COM 
  • Ridgebacks and Children KWETU 
  • How to find a good breeder! LINK