Firedance - Firedance Rhodesian Ridgebacks Breeders

Firedance - Firedance Rhodesian Ridgebacks Breeders

History and Characteristics

In November, 1955 the American Kennel Club admitted the Rhodesian Ridgeback to its Stud Book as the 112th breed to be accorded AKC registration facilities. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is shown in the Hound Group (GR II). Since the recognition of the Rhodesian Ridgeback by the Kennel Club, in the breed has increased in the United States.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has both keen sight and a good nose. Possessing many of the characteristics generally associated with hounds, the Ridgeback has a quiet, gentle temperament and rarely barks for no reason. While able to enjoy lazing around in a patch of sun or in front of a winter fireplace, a Ridgeback can be instantly alert if a stranger should appear or if he is in pursuit of legitimate prey. While he gives the impression of a big, lazy, slow-moving animal, the Ridgeback can be a threatening presence as a watchdog. Developed not only to hunt, but also as a family protector, his affectionate disposition makes him a trust worthy companion for children.


The Ridgeback is easily trained, tractable and above-average in intelligence. Because of this intelligence, an untrained Ridgeback can become a nuisance. Trained, he is a pleasure as a companion, a hunting partner, a show dog or obedience competitor. Because of his innate ability to protect his family, a Ridgeback should not be trained as a guard dog. Rather, the natural protective qualities should be supplemented with elementary obedience training.

A Rhodesian Ridgeback is loving, loyal, smart, clean, and easy to maintain. He is good with other animals and children. Raising a good family member requires energy and patience. There are no short cuts. It takes time to properly raise a puppy and mold a young dog into a respected family member.

When training your Rhodesian Ridgeback:

  • Try to think like your dog
  • Be consistent in everything you do

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a strong and intelligent dog. Basic obedience training is a must, or they will not be this pleasurable companion you seek. Ridgebacks have been blessed with attributes of the many breeds that have gone into their making. By observing the above two rules, you can successfully train and enjoy your Ridgeback.

The use of a crate is strongly recommended while training your dog. This is a time when you do not equate the dog's needs with human needs. A dog is a denning animal. Dogs seek out a private an safe spot. A dog crate is your Ridgeback's safe heaven. Get him used to it early in life.

When in doubt about a phase in training your Ridgeback or any other problem contact your breeder.

If you need training assistance contact John Sorosky 805 962 1013.


Because of his short coat, Ridgebacks shed very little. Once a week brushing, occasional bathes, ear cleaning and nail trimming are all that is needed to keep him well groomed, clean and odor free.

If you are in need of pet grooming, contact Camp Canine,
to set up an appointment.

Living with a Ridgeback

Rigeback are "people" dogs. They like to be where you are and, if you allow it , they'll crawl into your bed, onto your sofa or your favorite chair and your lap. You have to decide what is acceptable behavior and train them accordingly at a very early age. Remember, behaviors that are cute as a puppy may not be so funny when your Ridgeback is grown up and weighs 70 to 85 lbs.

It is very rare that a Ridgeback is found to be a fussy eater. If a Ridgeback suddenly refuses to eat, it is most likely sick and a veterinarian should be consulted. Their appetites are large, and no matter how much food you give them, they will try to convince you that is is not enough. Free feeding is not recommended. The biggest problem with first time Ridgeback owners is that they allow their dog to get too fat. It is best to follow your breeder's advice to the letter concerning type and quantity of food to feed. Ridgebacks are inherently adept at stealing food off table tops, so stand warned.

To Breed or Spay/Neuter

Today, with the increased awareness of pet over population, the question of whether to breed or not has become a serious and complex issue. Dedicated breeders spend years learning about their breed, studying pedigrees and genetics and striving to avoid breedings that may produce inherited health and temperament problems. They are prepared to feed, house, socialize and provide essential veterinary care for their puppies for months or even years, as well as cope with any unforeseen problems that may arise before, during or after the birth of the litter. They carefully screen potential homes, educate new owners, and are willing to be responsible for every dog of their breeding for its lifetime. Breeders now utilize the A/c's limited registration coupled with a spay/neuter non-breeding agreement, and are expressing their concerns about pet over-population, another dedication to the successful future of the breed. Recent studies have concluded that companion animals are usually happier and more polite and stable when neutered. Mates are less likely to exhibit territorial marking and aggression, and females often live longer with fewer health problems. Their temperaments remain the same.

NOTE: Altered animals can participate in most American Kennel Club performance events, but they cannot participate in conformation events at dog shows.

Information courtesy of RRCUS