About Omega Rhodesian Ridgebacks -
Also known as the Ridgeback, Lion Dog and African Lion Hound
Welcome to Omega Rhodesian Ridgebacks! We are proud members in good standing of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States (RRCUS) and the New England Rhodesian Ridgeback Club (NERRC).
We have competed in the agility, obedience and lure coursing venues over the years and presently are focused on conformation with our Ridgebacks. Several Omega dogs have become registered therapy dogs, “READ” dogs, and attained CGC titles.
We strive for fantastic temperaments, good genetic health and Ridgebacks who meet the breed standard in conformation.
About Our Site
We are proud and excited to one of three breeders of this wonderful dog in New Hampshire. They are a part of our lives and we are glad to share information about the breed with the world.
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Rhodesian Ridgeback Fun Facts (Click on circle to read individual facts)
Origin of the Breed
The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in Zimbabwe and worked as a hunting dog and as a retriever, took care of children and guarded property. It descended from crosses between ridgebacked dogs that were imported by Boer settlers in the 16th and 17th centuries that were originally kept by native tribes in South Africa along with breeds such as the Khoikhoidog, Mastiff, Deerhound and possibly the Great Dane.
Exercise and Activity
These dogs have great stamina and you will tire long before they do. They need to be taken on daily, long, brisk walks or jogs. In addition, they need plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash in a safe area. If these dogs are allowed to get bored, and are not walked or jogged daily, they can become destructive and start to display a wide array of behavioral problems.
Grooming and Living Conditions
The smooth, shorthaired coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder. Rhodesian Ridgebacks will do okay in an apartment as long as they get enough exercise. They are relatively inactive indoors and do best with a large yard.
Temperment of the Ridgeback
A fine hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is ferocious in the hunt, but in the home it is a calm, gentle, obedient, good dog. It is good natured, but some do not do well with small children because they may play too roughly and knock them down. When given what they need as the canine animal they will be excellent companion dogs, but are not recommended for most people, as most do not have the time nor energy to put into them. Ridgebacks react best to an extremely consistent and firm but calm approach to training.
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