Frequently Asked Questions
- Does Ridge View only breed Labradors? Yes, since the beginning of Ridge View (1977), we have only bred yellow, black, and chocolate labradors.
- Where are you located? Our main facility is located in Iowa. However, we do have branches in Ohio and North Carolina. We also have partnered with some service organizations and now have 10+ dogs located in Louisiana as well.
- Is there a "style" that Ridge View Labradors have? Ridge View does not follow the "trends" of the show ring and sticks true to the breed standard. We incorporate balance, beauty, intelligence & retrieving ability with a calm disposition into all of our pairings.
- What is Limited Registration and why does Ridge View do it? Limited Registration is stated that the dog is not to be used for breeding purposes and any offspring from that dog, will not be able to be registered with the AKC. Ridge View sells ALL of their puppies on limited registration unless the dog is co-owned or a foster dog. Ridge View sells their puppies on limited registration only because we are responsible breeders and do not what the dogs to fall into irresponsible hands or be used for profit. We also are very protective of our pedigree and lines and do not want our dogs bred to just any dog.
- Do you breed Silver Labs? No! Ridge View does not support silver labs or breeders that try to breed silvers. Ridge View never has and never will be associated with Silver Labradors.
English vs. British
- English. English have big, blocky heads, larger body frame, stocky build, thick otter tail. Calm personality with some drive in the field. 100% pure Labrador Retriever. Most common your family companion, some service dogs and some hunting companions. Has the ability to keep up all day but enjoys being a couch potato.
- British. British have neutral sized heads with longer muzzles, slim and small build, short and compact, with a slimmer tail. Focused personality with great drive in the field. 100% pure Labrador Retriever. Most common seen as a hunting companion or service work with energy demand (search and rescue). Has the ability to keep up all day, relax in the house, and still have energy on reserve if needed.
- English/British Combination. By combining the English and British we open a whole other world of possibilities. We combine the English looks with their calm personality with the athletic ability and smarts of the British. Still 100% pure Labrador Retriever. Most common as a service dog with the ability to do independent thinking and solving such as physical assistance and diabetic alert.
Show Ring & Hunt Tests
- Are all of your dogs titled? No. We aim to title as many as we can with the means we have. All of our dogs go back to champions and grand champions as well as master hunters. We do however not have the resources to title all of our dogs...but all of our dogs are put through a training protocol and must at least know basic obedience at any given time, many of our dogs go through further training and will have a title put on later.
- Will I be able to show my Ridge View puppy? Yes and No. A dog registered with limited registration can show in events like obedience, tracking, field trials, hunting tests, herding, lure coursing, agility, and earthdog. You will not be able to enter in a breed competition such as conformation in an AKC licensed or member dog show.
About our Breeding & Whelping
- There are so MANY litters listed on your site? Are you a puppy mill?! No. Ridge View is lucky enough to work with some amazing service organizations and families that help raise, breed, and whelp litters. Not all of our dogs are whelped at the same facility and are spread out through the 4 states Ridge View breeding dogs reside in (see above). We also like to give people an idea of what is upcoming. We list pairings that are still pregnant and do not have puppies on the ground yet to help get puppies reserved before hand.
- What age do you start breeding your dogs? Our females must go through at least 2 heat cycles or be 2-years of age. Our males must show signs of "marking" and be at least 1.5-years old. All of our dogs must pass health clearances before they can be bred with any dog.
- How many litters does a female have before she is retired? Our females have 3 to 4 litters before they are retired. If a female has had a hard litter or was very stressed by motherhood we often look toward early retirement. All of our females are spayed after their last litter with Ridge View to ensure that she no longer can reproduce, even by accident.
- What is your average litter size? Each dog fluctuates and the quality of matings make an impact as well but our litter size averages at 7 puppies for each female.
- I see you do a lot of C-Sections, Why? Ridge View cares dearly about each of our dogs and is always on the ready when a female is ready to whelp her litter. When a female drops temperature, we have 24 hours to birth those puppies before complications arise. We make that call when the 24 hours is up and the stress level of the mother. We monitor the mother for respiration increase and restlessness. If she is pushing and has not made progress, we often times have to step in because a puppy is stuck. We would rather go through an emergency C-Section than loose our mother dogs and whole litters.
- Why are your puppies so expensive? Tests, tests and more tests. We do extensive testing on our breeding females and males to ensure the genetic quality of the pups we would like to have born. We also must account in the amount of training and proven ability that our parent dogs show in the ring, field, and producing Service Dog prospects.
Getting Your Puppy
- How to I contact Ridge View about a puppy? Filling out a questionnaire immediately connects you with Ridge View staff and also gives them answers to many questions that take up a lot of communication time. We highly recommend doing that first and foremost. You can also call the office or email the team.
- Why do I have to put down a deposit? A deposit is a sure way to weed out the tire-kickers. People that waste our time and show no actual interest in a puppy when we could be talking to someone genuinely interested is why the deposit statement was put in place. A deposit also shows that you are very serious about adding one of our dogs to your family and also helps us insure that we have homes for all of the litter.
- Why do I not get to pick out my own puppy? "I really wanted Miss Pink and ended up with Miss Purple!" Ridge View has been in this business for a very long time and we have gotten very good at placing puppies. We do not let families "pick" their puppy because a pick based off of a photo or short video while playing does not showcase all that the puppy can do and its personality. Puppies change their looks and personalities daily. We place each puppy as best we can by the job that they are purchased for. If you wanted just a companion dog and one had to much drive, it would go to a hunting home before it would be a happy couch potato. We do this for the well being of the dog and the happiness of the family. The family still loves the puppy they didn't have 'at the top of their list' just as much anyway and is happier with them in the long run.
- I do not live in Iowa and that's where my dog is? Ridge View openly invites you to make a trip of it and come for a tour of our facility, meet the parent dogs, and see your pups siblings. If you are not able to drive or fly out we do offer shipping of our puppies and dogs for an extra fee.
- Will my 8-week old puppy have any training? Ridge View prides itself in well socialization of their puppies and your puppy will be able to handle stress very well by the time you pick them up. Your puppy will know how to enter and exit a crate, wait to be fed, know how to follow a person, and come to a human when clapping and kissing noises are made. The rest of your pup's training is the owners responsibility unless they are put into a training program with Ridge View.
- I was on "the list" first and now someone else is ahead of me!? Ridge View reserves the right to adjust distribution of puppies as they see fit. We are very, very fair but also have criteria to meet. If a family has been in contact with Ridge View for 6+ months or was not able to get a puppy from a litter because of natural cause or sickness, they have the right-away to the next litter of their choice. Also, we like to reward repeat customers of Ridge View Labradors, but we usually judge distribution by time frame we were contacted.
Once brought Home
- Why should I do a wellness check with my puppy? Although Ridge View does wellness checks by their in-house vet at 7 weeks of age, it is a very good idea for your own vet to get familiar with your new family member. By doing a wellness check, it allows the vet to get a base line of what is normal for your puppy and to ensure that the puppy is as healthy as it can be. Ridge View recommends getting your puppy a wellness check within the first week of its arrival.
- My dog/puppy is constantly drinking?! It is common the first week or two that a puppy or dog will hoard water when they are in unfamiliar territory. This is natural instinct and totally normal! You can make it better by limiting their water intake by only putting our an amount in the morning and again at night or by small sips throughout the day.
- Loose Stools? It is also common that when a puppy is stressed (taken away from siblings, moved across the country, long car rides, new animals, lots of activity chasing children, etc.) can cause a dog to have loose stools. This is normal with the level of new things going on in your puppies life. Watch for dehydration and blood in the stool.
- What should I have set up at home for my new puppy? The correct size of crate, a dog bed, Kong toys and Nyla bones, and your puppy's bag of food. Also get your house ready for a puppy including picking up cords, putting up blinds and curtains, getting cleaning supplies, deciding where your puppy's crate will go, which door will be used, having a designated area in the yard for your puppy to potty, and having training supplies near by.
- Do you accept Credit Cards? Yes, Ridge View has a very nice online store set up to accept PayPal, Credit Cards, and Debit Cards. We also accept cashiers checks mailed to us or brought when picking up your puppy or dog.
- Is your website up-to-date? Are those prices correct? Yes, our website is updated daily, sometimes every hour depending on the day, by our website designer Brittany. All of the pictures and information is as accurate as can be (she is only human). All of our prices are updated and are non-negotiable.