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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Thank you for starting this thread, and to Shell for posting the link to dermoid sinus. My mom had a Rhodesian Ridgeback (I'm not sure if it was purebread or not) named Lola. She was a sweet girl, but very wary of people due to abuse in her past (my mom adopted her). She died at 1.5 years old very dramatically and suddenly. One morning she had a fever, so they took her to the vet. The vet ran blood panels and what not, and sent my mom home with IV fluids and showed her how to administer them under the skin. The next morning, Lola couldn't move her back legs. They rushed her to the emergency vet and eventually took her to the vet affiliated with the university in our town, but they couldn't save her. She had fluid near her spine and bleeding in the brain.

    The vets asked my mom if Lola had engaged in really rough play that resulted in trauma, or if there was any poison at the house. There wasn't, but the questions were enough to make my mom go crazy wondering what caused her death. She had a necropsy done, but the results were "inconclusive." I'm not a vet, but just from the googling and reading I've done, I'm really wondering if it was dermoid sinus. I'm sending her the link, just because I think it may finally give her some peace to have some idea what happened to Lola.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Hi! I recently adopted my 2 year old something mix from the Humane Society. I've read most of the posts on this forum and did a little investigation as well. I wish the dog could just tell me what the heck he's mixed with. I'm sure its 15 other dogs, making it nearly impossible to even summarize what he may be mixed with. The shelter had him listed as a Lab mix, which is possible, but it seems everything is labeled as "lab mix" these days. Here are 2 pics of this handsome fellow I took this morning. The room is dark, so his coat actually looks lighter from the camera flash (on my phone). I've looked up the Fox Red Labs (type of yellow - I used to be the proud owner of a black lab), Belgian Malinois, Stratt Terriers (aka Pitt), Boxers, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. His ears are really throwing me off. He has some white markings on his chest and maybe a dot of white on his paws. His eyes are a lovely amber color. He has a very long, leaner body, with proportionate legs to support! He just looks way too big to be a pitt. If you guys have any ideas, would love to hear from you!







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    Good looking guy. Looks like a lot of Lab, possibly a little bit of Pit, and maybe someone with some pointed ears. ... If he runs quickly, moving like a greyhound, he may have some Ridgeback or hound. I think Labs and Pits don't stretch out as much as greyhounds and Ridgebacks, when they run.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    I just found this thread using Google. Hilarious insights! (Especially about keeping a lion around for training.)

    I have a 10 months old RR/lab mix. She's very sweet, smart, very active, likes to play - always. Sometimes rough, but she's also a good cuddle buddy and very loyal. I second/third all the people who say these dogs need a lot of exercise. She's active non-stop, but it's also important to teach her to relax.

    I know a couple people with RR. These are amazing dogs. Well, they are something. I wouldn't recommend one if you don't have time, but if you can take them with you all day and have the time it's very, very rewarding.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    I have a 13.5 yr old Ridgie and a 5 month old Ridgie. They are incredibly loving loyal family dogs. They are great with children, they do need to be supervised around small children only due to their size and ability to bowl them over. They are not aggressive dogs at all. They are aloof with strangers and yes you need a six foot fence or higher as they can climb extremely well. My female is happy lazing around on her bed all day due to the fact she is over 13, my boy loves lazing around on the couch but when called apon has great stamina and endurance in the backyard. He only goes on short walks at the moment due to his age. Ridgies benefit from early socialisation with other dogs and people be it dog parks, taking him for walks to the local shops or with family and friends dogs. Ridgies can be extremely stubborn and will only do as you say if there is something it in for them I have taken both my dogs to puppy preschool and my boy is currently attending obedience class or should i say he takes me. Ridgies are very strong and need an experienced owner who is firm but gentle. As you can imagine they are a large breed dog and eat a lot and poop alot (land mines as my husband calls them) it costs around $20 to $25 a week to feed them. If properly socialised they can get along with cats (we have 2), small dogs (Patch the Shiztzu) and chooks(we have 6). Thats my rant anyway. I love my Ridgebacks. Please do your research before you buy as with any breed there can be health problems.
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    I have had only RR's for over 20 yrs. now. I say be prepared-after a RR anything else is just a dog. I just bought a pup Feb 8. He was potty trained in 2 1/2 days. He is like most 'backers- Einstein in fur. These dogs actually learn from observation. Only breed I've ever encountered that can do that. It is my understanding that they are the only dog in all 3 catagories of the hound- they will drop their noses & scent like a bloodhound, they are sighthounds, like a greyhound, & are also known to track from scent on the wind. They excel at everything except retrieving. Which is not to say they won't retrieve, but after the 3rd time, they'll look at you like "what're ya simple? if ya want it, quit throwing it away" I will say they are not the best choice for an inexperienced owner, the issues most people have w/ the breed is that it's hard to train a dog when the dog is smarter than you are. They will try to out-think you, they have the intelligence to try to distract you & negotiate w/you. The 1st time they do something is an accident, the 2nd time a test, the 3rd time a habit.
    This is my 1st pup. All others have been rescues through RRCUS. Never was able to get a youngster. The dogs were all 4 yrs or older. The problems that caused them to be turned over to rescue varied, but retraining was a snap. Remember your ABC's-Always Be Consistent & a carrot works better than a stick. These are not dogs to train using force. Think operant conditioning & clicker training. Short sessions, several a day, or they'll get bored & tune you out. Make it fun. Shell makes good points in her posts also. My dogs swim after geese on the pond for grins, have been known to run down squirrels & bunnies & yes, they catch them. Kill groundhogs, coons & possums, one rescue even got good at skunks-killed 'em before they could get a shot off after his 1st skunk sprayed him. Good w/other dogs & cats though. I have always appreciated their ability to discern vermin control from pets. On a farm, vermin control is a wonderful thing. They have been good with my horses, though the new pup hasn't met them yet. I have heard stories about them being effective herders also. Wouldn't surprise me a bit.
    I really don't think it's a good idea to buy one from a pet store. Temperment is vital in a dog this powerful & intelligent. Go to a breeder. Ask how many litters a year, if they're breeding for performance classes or conformation (even w/ a RR it's hard to get perfect-breed-standard beauty & brains in the same package). If you're still interested, I would be happy to refer you to the breeder I went to, & if you pass her interview, she may agree to place a pup w/you
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Here are some pictures of our boy, Red. He is a rescue and we were told he is a "hound mix" but after learning about Ridgebacks we are totally seeing that breed in him. He has no ridge, but has some of the same traits other people describe, such as being mostly silent, unless he detects something important - then he barks like nobody's business. Would like to hear others' input on whether our boy is part Ridgie.






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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    He is a handsome hound for sure. His hair looks long for a 'backer & even though some are born ridgeless it's a pretty small % in most lines. He doesn't have the powerful body type I'm used to seeing-lacks that huge shoulder. I have seen dogs hat look like GSD to carry ridges in shelters & have been told the ridge can carry 3 generations... You are right about the bark. My vet calls RR's "the closed mouthed hounds" for that very reason. Enjoy him. He sounds like a great guy.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Mine is a Lab mix, but young Ridges look like him, when he was young. To me, the test is the conformance of the run. Altho there may be no ridge, a Ridgeback is built for agile running, like a greyhound or saluki... Labs are not relaly built for that type of quick running.

    Also, Ridges tend to wake up very rapidly... and also make quick decisions about how to react... boldly. Labs tend to consider what they want to do.... And, I think that when a Lab runs next to a Ridge, the Lab looks like it is moving backwards.....:-)
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Thanks for the interesting answers! I'll have to pay closer attention to his run. It doesn't strike me as particularly graceful. To me he looks like a big, floppy puppy when he runs, but then he hardly ever runs flat-out.

    I had been satisfied with his "hound-mix" label until one day I took him to the Farmer's Market and a guy came up to us and asked if he was Ridgeback. This man said he used to own a Ridgeback that looked like him. I didn't know what a Ridgeback was until I got home and looked on the internet and also found the looks to be similar.

    If you guys don't think he's Ridgeback, what are your guesses as to what kind of mix he is? I'm just really curious now, as I don't see too many dogs around that look like him. If the DNA test was a bit cheaper I'd go for it because I'm really curious.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    southhaven a ridgeback IS a hound, so hound mix still fits. Your dog is not a purebred Ridgeback, but he looks like he could be mixed with one
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Yeah, I know that Ridgebacks are hounds. I am mostly curious what specific kind of hound he might have in him. We had initially thought Redbone Coonhound but after learning about Ridgebacks, we felt his head/ears/face look more Ridgeback that Redbone. He's obviously a scenthound of some sort - when the boy catches a trail he's nose-down all the way! I know Redbones are scenthounds, but I think I read that Ridgies track with both sight and scent.

    Are there other hounds or even other breeds that might give him that look?

    Whatever he is, we love him to pieces! He's the sweetest boy ever.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    found this thread after joining this site today, the 1 word that come to mind is ~misconception~...
    you can not judge a breed you have not owned or even met for that matter...Looking up breed info on the internet does not qaulify as experience or knowelege

    I have owned and worked with RR's for 8 yrs now (1 RR atm) and I have a 2yr old daughter who my Ridgeback Leena adores- Leena also loves cats and small dogs.
    You could do all the research in the world and it will not compare to owning this breed by far, yes they need excersise but dont all dogs?! Leena is a couch potatoe 60% of the time, they are great family dogs if properly raised but again just like any dog they can be aggresive if put in the wrong enviroment.

    That being said, my RR has such a gentle soul when in the home being a part of our family, yet at the same time she has her Herding Instinct Cert and her Canine Good Citizen Cert through AKC, we do performance events such as Lure coursing as well. I worked with mentally challenged adults and Leena is also a therapy dog who visited work with me on a weekly basis. In ANY breed of dogs it all depends on how they are raised, given they have been bred properly.

    I hate to make my 1st post negative, but its urks me to hear people passing judgement and opinions on a breed they are obviously uneducated on. Owning Ridgebacks has been a wonderfull blessing and addition to my life- everyone has there favorite breed, Rhodesian Ridgebacks just happen to be mine...Feel free to visit my photo account to see http://www.flickr.com/photos/56930794@N08/
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    I know this is an old thread but I am just now seeing it. I have firends in MD with about three of them. I have spent a lot of time with there dogs, so I feel I cancomment. They are lovely dogs. Do like every other breed need the right owner. They need quite a bit of exercise, but they do have an off switch. They can be very sweet mild tempered dogs, my friends dogs are pretty laidback. Jax their male is a sweet dog. I have shown for them and I love the girl I showed. They did have 4 of them but one died mysteriously, necropsy done showed nothing out of the ordinary. She was just running outside next thing they know they found her dead in the backyard.

    Oh great the misconception about the ridge again. The ridge is not a sign of spina bifida, nor do all ridged dogs have dermoid sinus. Ridged and ridgeless can have DS. The ridge itself is just a cowlick. If the ridge was hindering their health do you really think this breed would still have it, there would be no way this breed could do its purpose long ago if it was. Hunters in Africa would have culled them in a heartbeat if they could not hunt.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    When I was considerably younger, I helped at a kennel that raised Ridgebacks. I ended up getting a female from them and showed her to her Championship and CD degree. She was really laid back and I did not find them that they needed a lot of exercise. In all the litters they had at that kennel, I never once saw a puppy without a Ridge. As they had such big litters, my female actually had 16 pups, and she was co-owned by the kennel till she had the litter, I did not have much say in it. They would put all the puppies down that did not have a perfect Ridge. I am talking back in the fifties. It really broke my heart as sometimes they were the biggest, nicest looking pups in the litter.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Is the swirl-and-mohawk ridge a common trait in dogs of unknown ancestry, or is it pretty much "if it has a ridge it's part Rhodie"? Two of my neighbordogs, Ellen and Jenny, have ridges and I've always assumed they were part Ridgeback. They're shelter dogs so it's anybody's guess. They're also awesome.

    Sweet story, too. My neighbors went to the shelter and adopted Jenny. The next day Jenny got loose and returned to the shelter, presumably because she missed her sister. So the neighbors returned and adopted both of them. They're now living on some mountain acreage with eight horses and a few cats. Not a bad gig.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Rhodesians are not the only ridgebacked breed. But if you can believe it, Rhodies are the most common ridgebacked breed.

    There is also the Thai Ridgeback, Phu Quoc Ridgeback, Cambodian Razorback Dog, and the possibly extinct Mha Kon Klab.

    But I do believe the only ridged dog with swirls is the Rhodesian.
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    I haven't read through all the posts on this subject. My husband and I have owned this great breed continuously since 1968. In fact, we bought a puppy while on our honeymoon. We currently own three - 2 spayed females, and a neutered male - all senior citizens like us. :-)

    It's a wonderful breed. Relatively healthy and long-lived. They are excellent guard dogs but they don't get obnoxious about it. They like exercise, but they like being with their owners even more. Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, that's what they want to do. And, they are food addicts. When a Ridgeback won't eat, call 911. Wonderful companions. They are strong, and the grow quickly - from a lb. at birth to anywhere from 70 - 90 lbs. at a year of age. They are clowns and will try to get away with whatever they think they can get away with; however, they have a strong desire to please their owners.

    The best resource for the breed is www.rrcus.org A wealth of information there for anyone interested in the breed.

    They are about #50 in popularity of all the AKC breeds. However, if you go to a conformation dog show, you'll find they are amongst the highest in entry.

    They're not for everyone and careful research should be done to see if they fit your lifestyle. They are not a breed that can be left along for long periods of time. A leash attached to a collar when out walking, and s physically fenced exercise area are necessary - their desire to chase things is stronger than their desire to obey. They require firm but gentle training from a very young age. Good food, good care, good training, buy from a reputable breeder, and you have a wonderful companion for many years to come.
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    i have a dog who is ridgeback cross with what im not sure. someone droped him off at my mothers work and i want and brought him home. hes thicker in the chest and lower jaw and a shorter but his build and marks are the same. the has the ridge of hair thats longer along his back but it only stands up like a mohak whens hes being all deffencive. the first few days i had him i took him to the vet just to have him checked out and for shots they had us take him on and off the scale several times by looking at him they couldnt beleave he waighed so much. hes about all grown now ar 10 months his back only stands about my knee but i can barly lift him hes not fat just solid as an oxe. hes hyper but not mean he loves every one he meats and thinks everythings a toy he even plays with my 2 cats hes not the brightist of dogs iv ever had and chews on everythng that anoys me the most but hes not a bad dog eather. he barks at noises in the night but any other time he doesnt. the first time i hurd him bark i thought it was my friends big lab that was staying with me hes not a varry big guy but he sounds like a beast. he gets bored if he dont get enough attition and he does things he knows hes not sapost to when your not looking to catch him. about 2 months after i brought him home i was walking around the block hen i though he had got out of the house some how tell i realized he hadnt come past me to be my dog, a lad up the streat had one that could have been my dogs twin in looks but was a bit bigger, she told me she had got him at the pound were they told her they had picked up several puppys of the litter that some homeliss ppl had bread living under a bridge in town. we talked for a bit and she told me hers to was rather hyper and more of a barker then hers but in all she was glad she brought him home. they dont seem to be an over handful but i know mine needed a good bit of traning and some keeping on to keep him out of trouble but i to am glad i brough mine home
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    Re: Any Rhodesian Ridgeback owners?

    Quote Originally Posted by NiennaHelyanwe View Post
    the has the ridge of hair thats longer along his back but it only stands up like a mohak whens hes being all deffencive.
    I just want to point out that what you're describing her sounds more like his hackles are going up than an actual ridge, any dogs hackles can go up when they are being defensive.


    There is a ton of great info in this thread, I've always admired how beautiful Rhodesian's are.

    Thank you Allie!

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    "Our relationship is dysplastic, and unless you're willing to supplement it by getting a job to lessen the pain, it's time for a hip replacement"
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