Our Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Ridgebacks are a very recent breed, and are a mix of European hounds and a native African dog that was associated with the Khoikhoi tribe, which is where they get their distinctive ridge. The breed standard was only drafted in 1922, and was accepted by the South African Kennel Union in 1927. Ridgebacks are most famous for being used to hunt lions, where a pack of several dogs would harass the lion until the hunter could come along to kill it. Their main role was to guard the farm, and protect their people.
Ridgebacks are smart, loyal, and protective. They’re aloof with strangers, until approved by their people. They love to cuddle, and often think of themselves as lap dogs, despite their size! Whether you’ll share your chair with them is up to you. Because of their intelligence, they’re fun to be around. When running, they’re amazing, especially in a group. They’re athletic dogs, and once mature, are great for running, hiking, and usually accompanying horses on trails. When they’re not zooming around, they’re couch dogs.
They’re often good with children, but can be very boisterous and could easily knock a small child over unintentionally. It’s important to always be cautious about how children and any dog interact, and to also be sure the child understands when the dog is uncomfortable or trying to set boundaries.
There are many good explanations of ethical or responsible breeding, here’s one from the ASPCA.
ASPCA Responsible Breeding
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States (our national breed organization) also requires members to adhere to their code of ethics.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States Code of Ethics
Here’s a summary of what we do:
Our dogs are pets. They live in our house, sleep on the couch, and on the bed. They get attention, human interaction, and cuddles every day – all of them.
Before breeding a dog, we make sure all applicable health tests are conducted.
Choice of the sire is based on complementary traits, and ensure that puppies are not inbred. Because our dogs are champions, we know that they have correct structure, and meet the breed standard, we’re also able to carefully choose the sire.
Puppies are all handled daily, and are correctly socialized.
As part of the RRCUS code of ethics, any dog we breed always has a home with us, and no dog we ever breed will end up in rescue. We want you to be successful with your dog, and we provide support for puppy owners to help you work best with your dog. We will support you for the life of your dog.