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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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Raising the Rhodesian Ridgeback -
Raising a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy requires time, limitless patience and a healthy sense of humor. They’re mischievous, active, sometimes mouthy, independent, physically strong, mentally sensitive, food motivated, and very, very loving! They learn quickly and easily, but keep in mind that what they learn may not be what you intended to teach them. Ridgebacks require that their humans practice sound, positive leadership techniques when training, otherwise they’ll learn to take control. On the other hand, if your tactics are too punitive, they’ll shut down.
Omega litters follow months of planning with careful consideration for temperament as well as health, and physical quality. Breeding to the standard is a must! Screening for potential heritable disease is a must!
Our puppies are:
- from parents that are tested for heritable disease issues prior to being bred including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, thyroid disease, eye disorders, cardiac disorders, degenerative myelopathy and early onset adult deafness;
- screened for dermoid sinuses from birth until they leave here;
- raised in the home;
- weaned to a bones and raw food diet;
- carefully vaccinated for their protection;
- highly socialized;
- puppy aptitude tested at 7 weeks of age;
- placed with their new owners after 8 weeks of age.
A Rhodesian Ridgeback is a very clean and attractive dog, but is definitely not appropriate for every family situation. New puppy owners must plan to live with their Ridgeback for his 12 – 13 year lifetime – in easy times as well as crazy, adolescent difficult-
The Omega puppy package includes us as a resource – here to answer your questions and help resolve any problems.
Our puppy owners are required to:
- commit to a GROUP behavior/training class with their pup before she’s 6 months old
- raise their puppy in the home as an integral member of the family
- plan to fence a safe area for their new family member
- read about canine behavior and understand the character of the Rhodesian Ridgeback
- spay/neuter their pet at an agreed-
- provide the love and attention that a Rhodesian Ridgeback is worthy of for his/her lifetime!