Information on Breeding & Puppy Raising

„Manayakaya“ is a small hobby Kennel situated in Andalucia, Southern Spain.

My dogs live constantly with me in the house. They can move around freely and can go wherever they please. My dogs have never been kenneled - they only know life as perfectly integrated family members. We enjoy long walks at the beach, the pine tree forests as well as other places.

My aim is to breed healthy, active Rhodesian Ridgebacks with a sound temperament and an attractive appearance.

Heshima ya Kimba Fayola Kianga as a puppy

How the puppies are raised...

The puppies are born in the living room, which is the heart of our house. This room forms the central point of our daily life during the entire time the puppies live inside the house. By being right at "where it all happens" the Ridgeback babies experience a multitude of everyday routines and household noises (e.g. door bell, telephone, TV, music etc.). The conditioning of the puppies during this early stage of socialization to humans and their environment forms an invaluable foundation for a happy relationship between dog and owner.

As soon as the puppies are able to leave their nesting box (at approx. four weeks of age), they are made familiar with the outside world. They now have the possibility to roam around and explore our large garden. Between the fourth and fifth week of life, the mother and her puppies move into the “RR Hilton” in the garden. This is where they now sleep and from where they have free access to the outside. A large part of our garden of approx. 300m², is closed off as a puppy enclosure and playground. Here the Ridgeback babies can run around, discover and play at their heart's content.

Red Namib Sands Amani as a puppy

During this important period, it is vital to nurture the puppies' physical and mental abilities; I try to bring the puppies in contact with everything modern life has to offer. The Ridgeback pups are now also learning that other animals - apart from themselves - also exist in this world (e.g. cats, chickens, other dogs…). We now also welcome visitors on a daily basis and the puppies can meet and interact with people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Ever changing environmental challenges (without excessive demands) resemble the basis for a strong start into the wide, open world.

Sunflower - natural diet

Just as my adult dogs, my puppies are fed on a natural, balanced diet (the Bones & Raw Food Diet B.A.R.F after the Australian veterinarian Dr. Ian Billinghurst). The pups only receive freshly prepared food that has been composed age-appropriately: Fresh meat, bones, fruit & vegetables, eggs as well as compatibly prepared grain.

Veterinary health check-ups, regular deworming and appropriate vaccinations are a matter of course and actually require no special mention.

Prospective Puppy Owners

In my dogs and in my breeding I invest a lot of love, effort and time. In addition to finding and selecting a suitable male as the prospective father, I also greatly care about creating optimum raising conditions, socialization and imprinting of my puppies.

Responsible puppy buyers surely look around, by contacting and visiting several kennels in order to find a breeder that suits them best. As a breeder I have a similar agenda as I try to find the best “new parents” for my puppies which I will select according to my own criteria.

If you are interested in a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy from me, please contact me early so that I can include you in my planning.

The puppies are ready to leave for their new homes at a minimum age of eight weeks. All puppies are microchipped and receive internationally recognized RSCE/FCI pedigrees, as well as information on the litter and a feeding guide.

As a breeder I am naturally interested in the the future development of my progeny - I therefore very much hope for the readiness of the new puppy owners to remain in touch. Likewise I offer a life-long breeder's support for my puppies and for their owners.

With a “Manayakaya”-puppy you will receive from me a very special, rough diamond, which will give you joy and happiness throughout a whole dog's life! It is your job to shape and polish this diamond with lots of love, patience and care :o)!

Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Kianga
You can find details on my planned or current litter HERE


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