Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do I have to live to be a caretaker to a Ridge View dog? We ask that you live within 4 hours of traveling distance of one of our branches (Iowa, Ohio, Louisiana, North Carolina) or be willing to transport the extra distance when the dog is needed.
- Can anyone become a caretaker family? In theory, YES. We do go through an phone call interview session and would like to learn more about where our dog would be living and what they would be doing. Ridge View does have the right to turn down any families for any reason.
- How much does it cost to get a dog from the caretaker program? We have an adoption fee of $500.00-$2,000.00 or more for each caretaker dog. When the dog is retired, they are spayed/neutered and you get to keep them forever.
- What do I have to do with my Ridge View dog? This is a loaded question. You have to love them unconditionally! The everyday cost of having a dog is also your responsibility, such as food, water, exercise, extra training classes, and normal vet bills. Ridge View covers all the breeding costs, such as: registration, OFA clearances, eye clearances, blood work, and breeding equipment for the dog.
We ask that families set up an exercise plan such as walks, hiking, pool days, fetch, and dog parks so our dogs stay fit and healthy. It is very, very hard to breed an overweight dog and is not good for the dog or the people involved. We also like our dogs to be fed a quality food such as what we use at our facilities or one that is the same quality. Otherwise, the dog is your family companion.
- How often will my dog have to 'visit the farm'? We only call the dog back to the farm for breeding purposes. You may be required to help transport the dog to a veterinarian for breeding health clearances.
In females, the dog is bred from their 2 year old year until around 5 years old. The family would notify the contact at Ridge View (more than likely Kristie Battin) when the dog shows first signs of coming into heat. Their heat cycle can last as long as 1 month, we then have to wait another month for an ultrasound if the female is confirmed pregnant. From there, the female would stay and whelp at our Ridge View facility and would be weaned from her litter at 6 weeks. We average 3 litters from each female and then retire them. The female has to be spayed before the family gets full rights after the female is retired.
In males, the dog reaches matured around 18 months (year and a half) and can be called to sire a litter at anytime of the year. The length that a male stays at the farm depends on the female we are breeding them with. We progesterone test all of our females to scale when they are ovulating to get the best chance of a pregnancy. That can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks (as long as a female's heat cycle). Males can be used to sire litters until they are no longer producing, which we have found goes over 8 years of age. We may retire males early if we have an offspring that could replace the males spot in our breeding program. Males have to be neutered before the family gets full registration rights.
- Caretaker dogs are UNLIMITED AKC registration. What does this mean for me? Yes, since our caretaker dogs are a part of our breeding program they are on unlimited registration. However, Ridge View retains ALL breeding rights without exception. This does also mean that the dog can be shown in any AKC event, including conformation class! You are more than welcome to show your dog in as many shows as you would like, but you are responsible for the cost of the shows unless another arrangement is made beforehand. Ridge View may reach out to you to request showing the dog if they show great potential in that area. If Ridge View shows the dog, the costs will be handled by Ridge View.
- Do I make any money off the litters my dog produces? YES! Investing in our dogs has rewards!
In females, the family will get $100.00 for each puppy that is raised from her. If she has 3 puppies the family receives $300. We are also able to offer discounted prices on dogs the family wishes to outright buy or co-own.
In males, for each time the male has to "visit the farm" the family is paid $100.00 regardless if the male is used to breed a Ridge View female or out-cross female owned by another breeder. We are also able to offer discounted prices on dogs the family wishes to outright buy or co-own.