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Old 06-19-2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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Hello, So ive been looking into getting a pup a while now, and figure I will pull the trigger in about 1 months time around my bday... So, I already know im interested in a doberman as they have been my fav breed for so long. However, I do like both Ridgeback breeds. The Thai Ridgeback is pretty rare, I actually think both are around here anyway..... The Rhodesian is what ive been researching lately, I used to have a Boxer/Rhodesian/Shep mix. I think they are great looking dogs.. anyone have any experience or know anything about these dogs? thanks.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:54 AM   #2
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My sister has a Ridgeback and she's a really affectionate, super loving dog, but as a puppy was crazy high energy and a little difficult to train. She's finally settled down now that she's about three.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:03 AM   #3
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My experience with Rhodesians are that they are fruitloops. Now mind you that this is in a Veterinary Hospital so it may not be the best place to determine their true behavior. But many other dogs of various breeds are perfectly fine in this same setting.

I have never met a nice one. They are aloof and do snap without warning. Again this is in a Veterinary Hospital setting. I have ran across quite a few in 3 different states.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:08 AM   #4
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Things to Know About Rhodesian Ridgebacks | Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:08 AM   #5
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They're a working breed and are not for the average owner. They were bred to hunt lions, so think about that before you consider yourself capable of owning such a breed.
They NEED to run. They NEED training and discipline. None of that is optional for this breed.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:15 AM   #6
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http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/rhodesianridgeback.htm
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/thairidgeback.htm
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:16 AM   #7
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They're a working breed and are not for the average owner. They were bred to hunt lions, so think about that before you consider yourself capable of owning such a breed.
They NEED to run. They NEED training and discipline. None of that is optional for this breed.
Only thing I wanted to add was that they need a strong owner as well.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:18 AM   #8
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and just like the American PIT Bull Terrier. they are NOT for everyone and anyone.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:35 AM   #9
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I don't have any experience with ridgebacks, but I pm'd monkeys23 to look at this thread, she watches rhodesian ridgebacks for a friend and I hope she will pipe in here.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:29 AM   #10
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My brother in law had a ridgeback lab mix he was fine around adults but around other dogs he was a nightmare lilly (my pup) may end up with scars...he also attacked my 3 year old nephew I cant speak for the breed as a whole but he was unstable and very hard to train .....but at the same time he was a mix im not sure about the pure bred ones
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:24 AM   #11
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i knew a guy that had one, an intact male, and he was a doll. what a sweet dog!! i loved him and he was so sweet and friendly, this was at a dog park as well. The others I met were at dog parks too, this lady had 3, they were nice with people, but jumpy around dogs and working in there pack.
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:12 PM   #12
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The ridge along their back is a side effect of mild spina bifida. Be sure to get a healthy one as tight show breeding has made some suffer less mild effects of the disease.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:48 PM   #13
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I have never met a Ridgeback in person. I have seen a few mixes and heard a lot of tales about them between people on various forums and friends who have mixes. I have to say that not a lot nice was said.

If I were really interested in owning a Ridgeback I think I would have a close look at my life and make sure I could properly exercise and train one. I would also make sure to go to a good breeder who does proper genetic health testing and is particular about temperament.

Honestly, considering how rare the breed is comapred to other breeds, the powerful nature of the dogs and the fact that they aren't for everyone, I don't think you will be able to get a good dog from a reputable breeder in just a month unless you are extremely lucky and someone happens to have a bigger litter than their wait list.

This is, from all accounts, not something you want to take lightly. Make sure to research good breeders and spend some time with the breeder and parents before you buy.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #14
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My sister has a Ridgeback and my mother's best friend owns the 6 top lure coursing RRs in the country. My sister's dog came from her. There are all friendly dogs. Very high energy.

All I have to add is be sure to do your research and if you do get one make sure it comes from a reputable breeder as they are prone to a few health problems. If you want I can PM you some info on breeders that would be happy to talk with you.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:57 PM   #15
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I like them from what I've read about them, but I've really only had experience with one and it wasn't the greatest. I went to a girls house to see her dogs since I passed by her home on the way to the butcher and she was a member of our raw feeding group. Her RR ran and hid around the corner of the house and barked the entire time. While her Rottweiler almost licked me to death. The RR was from a byb, a gorgeous dog, but nuts. Her MIL's Presa and Great Pyrenees were also very friendly and well behaved. So it wasn't the people, it was just the nutty dog.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:40 PM   #16
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A Ridgeback went after my dogs a few weeks ago when he got loose from his owner. Attacked my AmBulldog, and I ended up with a pretty good vet bill and my dog almost lost a canine tooth.

My agility instructor has shown them before had said they were mean, nasty dogs. Any time she had then in the ring she had to be extra alert because they were so unstable.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:50 PM   #17
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What is your dog experience level? Thai Ridgebacks are a dog that I would never, ever suggest for anyone who is not VERY experienced with difficult breeds. They are so primitive - like having a pet feral dog in your home some days. I know people who have them love them, but boy oh boy, are they a whole different type of dog than any I have ever met before.

If you are really considering a Thai Ridgeback, there is an experienced owner I can point you to who can tell you more about them. She is very realistic in her view of the breed.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:26 PM   #18
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Cool, thanks for all the info... yes, I do know a lot of this as I have researched both. I have even talked to a guy straight from Thailand, he is actually like some important creator of the breed of something.. whatever.. My sisters friends actually have a Thai and im interested to meet it.
The Rhodesian seems like a better option, however what i like about the thai is its look.. almost looks half cat/half dog or something, and its pretty small.
Like I said, I had a Rhodesian mix, and he was the best dog I ever had. Very protective however, the aloof around strangers... etc. But so loyal to the family. Im sure a pure bred is different but still. Thanks for the info again.

I still cant believe i cant have a pit mix, but can have a PRESA Carnario!! Does that make any sense? A Presa is like a pit on roids...
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Old 06-20-2010, 02:16 PM   #19
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try not to buy out of the country or your area if you can help it. When I got my AB I knew I was getting a large and powerful dog of a guardian/working class breed. I think the reason I am so happy with my choice is that I met the parents and got a feel for their temperament and how the breeder treated them. When you are talking about a powerful breed you definately want to make sure you are getting a dog that is going to be of solid and stable temperament and not bred from unsound parents. The only way to be absolutely sure of this is to see the sire and dam in person.
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Old 06-20-2010, 02:40 PM   #20
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If you want an idea of that you'd be in for with a RR, I have two words for you: LION HUNTER. Can you handle a dog whose reason for existing is hunting lions?
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