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Old 08-30-2012, 11:16 PM
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Anyone have any grapevine or personal experience with them? They've been on my short list for a while, but the hound part of it always threw me for a loop.

Met one on our way home a few weeks ago at a rest stop, and the bitch was DARLING. I LOVED her, and she was just a bit smaller than Zander, which is easily to my knee. Talked to the owners a bit, and they sort of gave me everything I had read, including the good breeder/bad breeder bit. She was a greyface, but she was very polite (even when Zander was getting antsy and wanted to play).

After they put her goggles on and packed her in the motorcycle, I had a huge sigh and realized I had just reached one of my life goals: I MET A RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK! Woot! And in the middle of Montana no less.

So now that I've actually met one I'm a bit more interested in them. This old girl didn't give me a houndy weird feel at all, sort of in the same way Catahoula's don't.

(Although I learned that Catahoula's aren't hounds anyway, they are curs, hopefully you get my point).
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:29 PM
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Matt V in MO breeds & hunts ridgebacks. his are very versatile acting as birddogs one day, hog baydogs the next & coondogs that night. he has also had some of his pups working cattle. Matt and I discussed it and HE stated they were curs not hounds. he says they are vary protective of his wife & kids. oh yeah, several dogs from his breeding are show champions on top of being good solid working dogs.
when I get around to buying a ridgeback it'll be something from his breeding.
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A good friend of mine (and the president of the local ferret rescue) has one She's a sweetheart. Wonderful with the ferrets, wonderful with the kids, and so well behaved. When we have a booth at the local pet events, she comes and hangs out with us. She also goes to the barn my friend owns and hangs out there during the day
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We have one at work and I love her. She's not suuuuper friendly which I like. She's perfectly lovely but not up in your face, you know? And that's the kind of dog I like.

And she's so pretty.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:49 AM
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Warning: I'm pretty biased here.

I have a 2 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Malyk. I got him about 8-9 months ago, and since then, have fallen head over heels for the breed. I have met around 10-15.

As with any breed of dog, I can not stress how important it is to go to a GOOD breeder. In all honesty, this is a dog that has a very delicate temperament. It's not hard to mess up and it's not hard to do the wrong thing. They are smart as a whip, and catch on very quickly to anything you teach them...which means whatever you do, good or bad, will leave a lasting impression. Very sensitive temperaments.

That said, I've also encountered few breeds that are as hard headed as a Rhodesian Ridgeback. They are definitely "hound-y" in the way that they can be extremely independent, but still love you with all their little hearts. They get very attached to their owners. Not quite a velcro dog, but they have a typical sight hound temperament when it comes to their "masters". For example, Malyk likes and will kiss all over strangers that I welcome into the house because he knows I welcomed them in. If I don't welcome them in, he isn't like that. He is aloof. Out in public, he is aloof. He is GREAT with strangers, not aggressive (unless they are threatening), but he won't get super excited when we pass a group a people or a person if you know what I mean. He is pretty typical of a RR. He isn't aggressive, but he IS guardy, how they are supposed to be. He will flare up and low-growl if someone is approaching me threateningly. He's actually saved me from a pretty scary encounter. He has a pretty good sense with who is threatening and who is not. He does NOT like strange men handling him, that is one thing that may be peculiar about Malyk in particular. If it's a woman, it's fine, but if I hand his collar/leash to a strange man he will start to stress. He is spectacular with kids. Not too pushy, not too playful, just curious with them. I don't think he would tolerate them pulling or prodding him though. He's never been in that situation for me to know. However it is said that an RR who grows up with children will love children. Socialization for this bred is extremely important. When I got Malyk, he had never met a cat and I had to socialize him with cats. He still can't be left with them unsupervised. His prey drive isn't extremely high, but it is moderate, and I haven't met a whole lot of Rhodesian Ridgebacks who didn't have dominance problems when it came to other dogs. As far as around the house attitude..he lounges. Lol. He's a great dog.

So all in all, they're not too too hound-y, but I definitely wouldn't say that they don't behave that way...because they definitely do. They guard well, are good with anything they are socialized with, and very trainable if done correctly. I wouldn't recommend a whole lot of correction with this breed unless protection training...because they are so sensitive, but they are also hard headed. If you want a dog that will love all people, then this might not be the breed for you. They are exactly what the breed standard calls for (In most cases) and that is aloof. They will wander off if not on leash...lol. I guarantee you that. Moderate prey drive, absolutely no odor... Not too high energy, but they definitely need exercise.

I could go on and on, but I highly recommend this breed to anyone who is experienced with dogs. I definitely plan to get one from a good breeder, and show and sport. So glad that I got Malyk.

Hope I helped, lol.
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As with any breed of dog, I can not stress how important it is to go to a GOOD breeder. In all honesty, this is a dog that has a very delicate temperament. It's not hard to mess up and it's not hard to do the wrong thing. They are smart as a whip, and catch on very quickly to anything you teach them...which means whatever you do, good or bad, will leave a lasting impression. Very sensitive temperaments.

That said, I've also encountered few breeds that are as hard headed as a Rhodesian Ridgeback. They are definitely "hound-y" in the way that they can be extremely independent, but still love you with all their little hearts. They get very attached to their owners. Not quite a velcro dog, but they have a typical sight hound temperament when it comes to their "masters". For example, Malyk likes and will kiss all over strangers that I welcome into the house because he knows I welcomed them in. If I don't welcome them in, he isn't like that. He is aloof. Out in public, he is aloof. He is GREAT with strangers, not aggressive (unless they are threatening), but he won't get super excited when we pass a group a people or a person if you know what I mean. He is pretty typical of a RR. He isn't aggressive, but he IS guardy, how they are supposed to be. He will flare up and low-growl if someone is approaching me threateningly. He's actually saved me from a pretty scary encounter. He has a pretty good sense with who is threatening and who is not. He does NOT like strange men handling him, that is one thing that may be peculiar about Malyk in particular.
based on a lot of personal experience, THIS is typical cur temperament (except for being delicate, likewise NONE of Matt's stock has ever been called delicate). however, based entirely on what i've been told by brit lurchermen & american wolfers, it is NOTHING like typical european sighthound temperament. this combined with the way they work cattle AND the way they hunt is why Matt says they are curs. after his description which is very similar to yours I agree. Matt has hunted w/ catahoulas & BMCs as well, so he has a pretty good idea of what he's saying when he says they are curs.
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I can't edit my post, but I meant to add that he definitely comes to me in public...like, at the dog park when we used to go, he would always come check on me while he was running around. He has always brought me things he has killed as well. Very sight hound when it comes towards his temperament towards me and other people.

He is 86 lbs, too, and I've been told he is on the small side. I'm not sure of the validity in that.
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Then being bad off leash defibitely isn't a gaurentwe. All the omes I've been aeound, my friends being the most often, are amazing offleash like, omg won't leave your side amazing. It all depends on training style, really. The only real hound trait my friends has, is she'll hoover up food. It has proven useful with the babies in the house LOL
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Matt V in MO breeds & hunts ridgebacks. his are very versatile acting as birddogs one day, hog baydogs the next & coondogs that night. he has also had some of his pups working cattle. Matt and I discussed it and HE stated they were curs not hounds. he says they are vary protective of his wife & kids. oh yeah, several dogs from his breeding are show champions on top of being good solid working dogs.
when I get around to buying a ridgeback it'll be something from his breeding.
That's interesting to know, about the cur part, I mean. I think I saw his site while surfing through breeders.

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A good friend of mine (and the president of the local ferret rescue) has one She's a sweetheart. Wonderful with the ferrets, wonderful with the kids, and so well behaved. When we have a booth at the local pet events, she comes and hangs out with us. She also goes to the barn my friend owns and hangs out there during the day
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We have one at work and I love her. She's not suuuuper friendly which I like. She's perfectly lovely but not up in your face, you know? And that's the kind of dog I like.

And she's so pretty.
That's how this girl was too. Just lovely, a major sweetheart. Not overly friendly or anything before we "met" her, but afterwards she was plenty happy to be loved on.

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Warning: I'm pretty biased here.

I have a 2 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Malyk. I got him about 8-9 months ago, and since then, have fallen head over heels for the breed. I have met around 10-15.

As with any breed of dog, I can not stress how important it is to go to a GOOD breeder. In all honesty, this is a dog that has a very delicate temperament. It's not hard to mess up and it's not hard to do the wrong thing. They are smart as a whip, and catch on very quickly to anything you teach them...which means whatever you do, good or bad, will leave a lasting impression. Very sensitive temperaments.

That said, I've also encountered few breeds that are as hard headed as a Rhodesian Ridgeback. They are definitely "hound-y" in the way that they can be extremely independent, but still love you with all their little hearts. They get very attached to their owners. Not quite a velcro dog, but they have a typical sight hound temperament when it comes to their "masters". For example, Malyk likes and will kiss all over strangers that I welcome into the house because he knows I welcomed them in. If I don't welcome them in, he isn't like that. He is aloof. Out in public, he is aloof. He is GREAT with strangers, not aggressive (unless they are threatening), but he won't get super excited when we pass a group a people or a person if you know what I mean. He is pretty typical of a RR. He isn't aggressive, but he IS guardy, how they are supposed to be. He will flare up and low-growl if someone is approaching me threateningly. He's actually saved me from a pretty scary encounter. He has a pretty good sense with who is threatening and who is not. He does NOT like strange men handling him, that is one thing that may be peculiar about Malyk in particular. If it's a woman, it's fine, but if I hand his collar/leash to a strange man he will start to stress. He is spectacular with kids. Not too pushy, not too playful, just curious with them. I don't think he would tolerate them pulling or prodding him though. He's never been in that situation for me to know. However it is said that an RR who grows up with children will love children. Socialization for this bred is extremely important. When I got Malyk, he had never met a cat and I had to socialize him with cats. He still can't be left with them unsupervised. His prey drive isn't extremely high, but it is moderate, and I haven't met a whole lot of Rhodesian Ridgebacks who didn't have dominance problems when it came to other dogs. As far as around the house attitude..he lounges. Lol. He's a great dog.

So all in all, they're not too too hound-y, but I definitely wouldn't say that they don't behave that way...because they definitely do. They guard well, are good with anything they are socialized with, and very trainable if done correctly. I wouldn't recommend a whole lot of correction with this breed unless protection training...because they are so sensitive, but they are also hard headed. If you want a dog that will love all people, then this might not be the breed for you. They are exactly what the breed standard calls for (In most cases) and that is aloof. They will wander off if not on leash...lol. I guarantee you that. Moderate prey drive, absolutely no odor... Not too high energy, but they definitely need exercise.

I could go on and on, but I highly recommend this breed to anyone who is experienced with dogs. I definitely plan to get one from a good breeder, and show and sport. So glad that I got Malyk.

Hope I helped, lol.
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I can't edit my post, but I meant to add that he definitely comes to me in public...like, at the dog park when we used to go, he would always come check on me while he was running around. He has always brought me things he has killed as well. Very sight hound when it comes towards his temperament towards me and other people.

He is 86 lbs, too, and I've been told he is on the small side. I'm not sure of the validity in that.
Thank you for the info! That's interesting, because all the qualities you described I wouldn't find houndy. Although, they sound perfect for what I'm looking for. Zander is skittish, independent, shy, and in no way, shape, or form trustworthy off leash. So it would be nice to move up to something that won't be so anxious to deal with in the future. I love Zander, he is my heart dog to the end. But he gives me heart attacks far too often. Lol.

I've really always wanted something more easy to train and intelligent, but without giving up loyalty. We are military, so you sort of never know what hours or schedule we're going to have to get used to, or when DH is going to be gone. Zander is about as useless as wet paper when it comes to feeling safe. He won't even bark. Just creep away.

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Then being bad off leash defibitely isn't a gaurentwe. All the omes I've been aeound, my friends being the most often, are amazing offleash like, omg won't leave your side amazing. It all depends on training style, really. The only real hound trait my friends has, is she'll hoover up food. It has proven useful with the babies in the house LOL
Offleash would be fantastic, it really would. I dream of the day...lol.
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I don't mean bad off leash as in will take off...Malyk stays next to me off leash. I suppose I worded that badly...but it is recommended to have a fence they can't penetrate because RR's are known to wander. Like, if I just stood there in an open field with mine, he wouldn't stay by me. He would begin to wander if I didn't call for him. They catch a trail and don't come back. Lol.
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