Ridgebacks are a powerful dog but can be quite sensitive, harsh treatment is most definitely not the way to train them. They need a varied training program to keep them interested, little and often works wonders! They make devoted family companions and guards, but should never be classed as a guard dog. Ridgebacks, as a rule are very good with children, but as with any dog, children must be taught not to tease and pester them. It is important to provide the dog with his own bed in a quiet place. They are intelligent, responsive and trainable, but like all hounds are independent thinkers. Some early basic obedience training and socialization is highly recommended to keep such a large dog under proper control. Also they need to be properly exercised – a quick trot around the block is not good enough, about one hour a day is the requirement to keep them in good condition, so be prepared to give up this amount of time. They are athletic so it is important to have a properly high fenced yard or garden.
Although Ridgebacks have short hair they need to be groomed regularly, this is also a good way of keeping in touch with his health and welfare, also helps to keep hairs off your clothes and the furniture.
Warning! It has come to the notice of the breed clubs that some unscrupulous breeders are passing off Rhodesian Ridgebacks that are not the correct colour as “rare”. Please be careful, the colours are wheaten to red wheaten and not such colours as black and tan (Doberman colouring) or brindle. Occasionally, due to a gene silver / grey coloured puppies are born. They should never be shown and should never be used in a breeding programme. They should be registered as a non standard colour and their purchase price should reflect this. The Kennel Club recommends that these puppies should have their registration documents endorsed.
Credit; The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain – http://www.rhodesianridgebacks.org/
Be aware that club officers do change but those listed here can usually help you find the current secretary or appropriate.
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Victoria – http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/
National Rhodesian Ridgeback Council – http://www.users.picknowl.com.au/
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Queensland – http://www.rrcq.org/
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Western Australia – http://www.rrcwa.com/
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Osterreich – http://www.rhodesian-ridgeback.at/
Belgian Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.belgianridgeback.be/
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Canada – http://www.rrclubofcanada.org/
B.C. Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of British Columbia – http://www.rrcbc.webs.com
Danish Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.ridgebackklub.dk/
Finnish Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.ridgeback.fi/
Deutscher Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.dzrr.de/
Dutch Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.rrcn.nl/
Swedish Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.srrs.org/
Rhodesian Ridgeback Association – http://www.nzridgebackassn.co.nz/
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of Great Britain – http://www.rhodesianridgebacks.org
Midlands and Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.ridgebacks.org.uk/
Southern Rhodesian Ridgeback Association – http://www.southernridgebacks.co.uk/
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Scotland – http://www.rhodesianridgeback-clubofscotland.co.uk
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
New England Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.nerrc.org/
Colorado Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – http://www.coloradorhodesianridgebackclub.org/
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States – http://www.rrcus.org/
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