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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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In 1986 Shadyridge Chapa introduced the Ford family to life with a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Not long after, my sister, Barb Ferguson, acquired Shadyridge Pendeka in 1988. Then, in 1991, CH Shadyridge Shiriki JC CD brought us the thrill of celebrating conformation and performance titles as well as beautiful puppies, while her brother, CH Shadyridge Sahibu also earned his championship. Both were Pendeka’s kids.
At that point we were completely owned by Rhodesian Ridgebacks, chose the kennel name Omega, and have since been taken on a journey filled with joy, sorrow, celebration, companionship, travel, education and great satisfaction!
A Rhodesian Ridgeback is a very clean and attractive dog, but is definitely not appropriate for everyone or every family situation. New owners must plan to live with their Ridgeback for his 12-
With a Rhodesian Ridgeback you have a very loyal companion who can be notably and instinctively protective of his/her people. If kept in good condition and well exercised the ridgeback is a handsome athlete; easily trained, but with a mental determination to work WITH you, and not for you. They need owners who are calm, patient, firm and most of all, consistent.
This is a physically strong dog. They are quite tolerant of and interested in children, but are not particularly patient with bad behavior in children. An adolescent ridgeback with little body awareness may not be a good match for young children who could get easily knocked down. Chapa came to live with us a few weeks after our 5 year old daughter had been bitten in the face by a mixed breed dog. The rest is our history and we invite you to meet our dogs.