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10-16-2014, 12:07 PM
We are planning to get a new puppy soon. Our previous dog passed away last spring.

We spent a month in Costa Rica this summer (so fun!) and one of our favorite parts of the house we stayed at was the Rhodesian Ridgeback that was waiting for us on the porch each morning. He lived at the house next door, but in Costa Rica the dogs run free during the day and visit wherever they like.

We loved him so much, we are now thinking we might want a Rhodesian Ridgeback as our next dog. However, I don't know how much it was the breed we liked versus whether it was his unique personality.

Any advice how they might be with kids, other dogs, etc.? My kids are 4, 6 & 9, we definitely want a family friendly dog, but also a smart unique dog :-)

12-04-2014, 09:34 AM
Hi-Get Excited & Stay Excited™!!

I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. I don't know if you adopted the dog or not yet. I at least wanted to respond to your post. I will preface with this-- while I'm not necessarily a licensed expert anymore... I do have an extensive background with working with animals, training dogs, animal behaviorist, etc.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are gorgeous, muscular dogs. They are great people dogs... they love to be around people, cuddling up to you and so forth. They are very athletic and loyal dogs. They do require a lot of exercise so if your children are playful (like most kids are), this will be good for both your kids and the puppy so that they will all be well exercised, lol. It is very important to socialize the puppy a lot with children, other adults and even other animals while he/she is still a puppy. This will help your dog to have the best temperament and to not end up too reserved or too strong willed around strangers or people/family.

I will say this... The humane society I used to work for and also with most humane societies and rescue groups have this rule that a puppy under the age of 6 months could not go to a home with children under the age of 6 years old. So you may want to look into that or keep that in mind when you are trying to adopt your new friend.

I always like to share a fun fact about a breed. Did you know that the Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally bred in South Africa to hunt lions!? They called the dog the African Lion Hound :-)

You can do some more research as well. I always encourage people to do research on the breed of animal they are looking to adopt.

Here is a good resource to use for the Rhodesian Ridgeback: RRCUS Frequently Asked Questions About the Rhodesian Ridgeback - Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc. (http://www.ridgebackrescue.org/breedinfo/RRCUS_rr_faq.html)

Please post back to let us know how things went with your adoption of your new puppy.

Blessings, Love & Light...
Kantrese "Tresie"

12-12-2014, 05:42 PM
Just seeing this now! My mom has a Rhodesian Ridgeback that we love and adore.. Morgan! Morgan is super loyal, fun, and likes to be the Alpha in the pack. she pretends to be nice and loving, but she keeps other dogs in line. Most RR are similar.

She's extremely stubborn but so cute, and VERY smart. We love her to pieces! She runs 30 minutes on the treadmill daily because she just has way too much energy for my parents. She also does it while wearing a vest of water because she needs to be exercized out..

She's also got very sensitive skin. If she eats table food she gets a bad odor to her, if she doesn't she's got no doggy odor at all..

Just some little nuggets about our RR..