RIDGEBACKS AND CHILDREN
Ridgebacks are gentle, protective, and
adoring of children.
Both children and the Ridgeback need to be taught how
to respect each other and interact nicely. If a Ridgeback grows tired of a
child’s games or wants to be left alone, he simply will remove himself from the
A young, energetic dog can unintentionally topple a small child, and needs
to be taught to control his size and strength.
dog will be as reserved when dealing with a strange child as with a strange
adult. If he must take action he will be most gentle with the child (they
have an emotional appreciation of the young and adjust their responses
accordingly). If need be he will retreat from the path of the child, usually
after a gruff exclamation!
OF THE FAMILY
Ridgebacks insist on making themselves very much part
of the family unit.
They are companionable and inquisitive by nature,
and like to be in close proximity to their people.
While not intrusive, a
Ridgeback can always be found wherever the action is. A bored or
unhappy Ridgeback left to his own devices can a become destructive
Note: +There is no point in owning a Ridgeback if he is not considered
a true member of the family with the same need for attention, activity, and
companionship as his human counterparts.
Ridgebacks quietly accept newcomers in their
domain that they sense are friendly,but will keep a close eye on those
Ridgebacks usually act "standoffish" towards
new people for the first few minutes after meeting them.
will watch, smell, and intuit the person before making up his mind whether or
not the visitor is acceptable.
If the guest “passes” inspection
Ridgebacks will gladly accept petting & attention. If the dog dislikes the
visitor, he will clearly snub all friendly overtures and may keep a watchful eye
on the guest.
Your dog is an incredibly astute judge of character, and
should the need arise, he will be there to do his “job” as protector as his
ancestors have always done.
Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of the most intelligent of all
dogs. A ridgeback is very quick to learn what you expect of
him, and while he wants to please you, his stubborn streak sometimes gets in
the way. Do not expect instant or unfailing obedience. I highly recommend obedience classes to all our puppy owners.
is a natural result of what he was bred to do. He is also "emotionally
very sensitive", and he is not prepared to suffer the injustice of being
Life to him is a "survival exercise" and wasting his
efforts on fruitless entertainment performances is not his forte. If there is
something "valid to prove" your RR will do his best, dying for that proof if
POWERFUL DOG CAPABLE OF PROTECTION DUTIES
One must understand that the Ridgeback is
powerful, even stronger than he
His muscles are clearly defined, but his ability to
generate power far exceeds his appearance.
Further he is possessed of
very strong jaws which he can use, if ever the need
arises, in a most effective manner.
Consequently we strongly advise
people against taking their Ridgeback to Attack Training.
He will leap to your
defense should the need