We breed for Health, Temperament and Conformation although whether the dog is show ring material is not as important to us as the kind of dog that we believe you want in your family! We have seen many so called champions at shows that had such poor temperaments that in our opinion they should never be breed. You can be a super model with a poor attitude just as well as a super model with a super attitude. So, just know that whatever your goals are Companionship, Protection, Show Ring, Performance Sports or just a Buddy to hang out with on the couch, our Ridgebacks are the Ultimate!!
"Once you have a Rhodesian Ridgeback you'll never go back"
Our Dogs are members of our family. We don't keep them outside in pens. They are raised in our home with us, our kids, and our cat Puma. (THE Puma in the name Pumaridge) Being spoiled as much as possible.
These dogs are people dogs they need their humans.
We are Tim and Tina Slayton, Tina has had animals all her life! Growing up there was always animals. Dogs, Cats, Birds, Chinchillas, Raccoons, Hamsters, Snakes, Squirrels. You Name It!
When she was a little girl, her father was a Deputy Sheriff with the K-9 Unit as his partner he had a German Shepherd. That led to raising them. It was great. Then when she was a teenager they switched to Miniature Schnauzers.
Tim never had dogs growing up and when we got together he liked to joke that he just came with a cat. He finally came around to enjoy the love of dogs and gets teased and being offically Dog broken and that he is a total Ridgeback snob now. He enjoys spoiling the puppies rotten especially any fussy ones. Scooping them up cuddling and talking to them. He is the equipment handling engineer as well as Puppy Helper Tech :)
What we both realized was that we wanted a dog that could think for itself, didn't go crazy barking all the time, didn't shed over much or needed extensive grooming, and was easily trainable.
That is a Rhodesian Ridgeback!
Another reason we chose Rhodesian Ridgebacks was that we were fascinated with their ability to be The Ultimate Sight and Scent Hound.
Tina researched the breed, and WOW the research was extensive!! She spent over 2 years researching before ever getting our first Ridgeback! She read books, we both went to dog shows, looked at websites, and talked to Breeders.
Bred from Old South African Working Lines. My Focus is old world function with modern day performance. Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally bred to do a multitude of jobs. These dogs are capable of so much. Companionship, Search & Rescue (SAR), Therapy, Hunting, and Herding and of coarse almost all Field Sports.
Tina worked as a nurse for years then became ill and had to quit working outside the home. It was through her research into Holistic Alternatives that she realized she could bring better health to our dogs as well our family.
Cesar Millan lists Rhodesian Ridgebacks as "Top 10 Protection Dog"
2. Doberman Pinscher
6. Giant Schnauzer
7. German Shepherd
8. Rhodesian Ridgeback – Originally bred to hunt lions, this dog has a strong prey drive and tends to be independent in nature. Ridgebacks are loyal and make natural watchdogs. They are said to be selective in their barking so when a Ridgeback barks, it needs to be taken seriously. Rhodesian Ridgebacks must be properly trained and managed, as they are not naturally obedient. The breed loves to cuddle and often thinks it’s a lapdog.
10. Staffordshire Terrier
Ridgebacks are not Labradors or Golden Retrievers in short coats. They are hunting dogs and have a high prey drive. Translation: They are quite independent -- they don’t fawn over your every word, they can be oblivious to being called and require a lot of positive motivation to train them in traditional obedience. Many people are just not prepared for the stubbornness and hard-headedness in this breed.
Any dog ownership requires responsibility. Dogs are not something to decorate your home or yard, they are living, feeling creatures who should be treated as members of your family. This is especially true of Ridgebacks. They must be made to feel as part of your "pack", i.e., your family, or they will strike out on their own. You should think of them as a new addition to your family and plan for them as you would a new child. Which includes High Quality food and High Quality Supplements!! Excuse my language but High Quality food does NOT mean cheap Crap with Corn.
Planning for Your Ridgeback is Essential
Dogs, especially puppies, will make a big demand on your time. It takes time to properly feed, train and play with a new puppy. Just like babies, young puppies are not able to make it through the night and you will have to get up and take them out. If you work, a new pup might require that you come home at lunchtime to let them out or hire a noon time helper to assist you.
Ridgebacks need plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. You'll need to set aside playtime and time for training. Young puppies need a lot of socialization to be good companions. A weekly obedience training class and daily practice is a must for your Ridgeback to become a welcome member of the community!
If this seems like too much for you and your family's schedule, then perhaps this is not the right time to get a Ridgeback.
Your Ridgeback Will Need Protection
Ridgebacks naturally want to hunt and have no sense of cars or yard when they go after a squirrel, rabbit or cat. A fenced yard is important for your dog's safety. Once a Ridgeback starts after a squirrel or rabbit, nothing short of a six foot wall or fence may stop them. Dogs allowed to roam are in danger from becoming lost, of being hit by a car or being poisoned. Your certainly don't want your dog to run away or get lost or killed. It's also good idea to have your Ridgeback wear an identification tag or, better yet, to have your dog permanently identified with a tattoo or microchip just in case he manages to get loose despite your efforts. And, of course, when he leaves the yard he'll need a leash.
Your Ridgeback must have adequate shelter if he is outdoors while you are away. Shelters must be cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Ridgebacks Grow to be BIG Dogs
Puppies don't stay little for long! When looking for any breed you need to consider one that suits your environment and lifestyle. Take the time to research a breed you are interested in....visit in the homes of breeders or individuals who own that breed. Ridgebacks may be appealing to you in a physical sense, but they may not have the temperament suitable to your lifestyle. For example: Ridgebacks at play are very energetic - they need lots of space, can knock down children and adults when they are roughhousing. If you live in the city, you will need to first locate a dog park or area where your Ridgeback can safely run and exercise….. a tired puppy is a good puppy!
It's those people who buy on impulse who most often find they can't live with Ridgeback and decide the dog has to go...this is not fair to the dog! Often it’s these irresponsible owners who further burden rescue with having to take in the dog and rehabilitate it.
Again, take the time to read up on the Ridgeback, talk with several knowledgeable owners, check the Internet and try to visit in the home of several breeders. Try to go to some shows and talk with exhibitors, but most of all observe, observe, observe!
The initial price of a dog is of concern to some, but it’s the lifelong cost that they sometimes forget. In some communities, dogs need a license. Failure to comply with local laws may result in fines or penalties and may endanger your right to keep your dog!
In addition to the purchase price of your dog, you must plan for food, grooming, collars, a leash and some toys and a special bed. Add in vet care and those training lessons!
All dogs need vaccinations, heart worm medication(depending on region), and ...just like humans...regular checkups. Sometimes, dogs require flea and tick treatments or expensive treatments for unexpected ailments or illnesses. Ask yourself if you can afford a dog.
Ridgebacks Need Companionship
Friendship is a two-way street. Your dog deserves plenty of attention so he'll be less inclined to bark or chew your belongings or run away from home by climbing out, if he gets your love and devotion. Dogs are emotional beings and to neglect them by banishing them to a lonely life in the yard, on a chain or in a run is cruel and abusive. Just like children, you have to love and instruct them on proper behavior to have a well adjusted Ridgeback that is a pleasure to be around.
Ridgebacks Need All of the Above For Their Lifetime
The average life span of most Ridgebacks is ten to twelve years, but some have lived for sixteen years! So, your dog will depend on you for love and care for a long time. Being a responsible dog owner is an important job and requires your serious commitment.
What are the GOOD points of Ridgebacks?
Ridgebacks have a short coat, don't shed much and are practically odor free -- great for hot climates.
They are quite discriminating in who or what they bark at...you should ALWAYS go check it out.
MOST are not fussy eaters and have virtually "cast-iron" digestive systems.
They love living with people and are generally quiet in the house.
Ridgebacks are intelligent and want to please their owner.
Ridgebacks are easily house-trained.
They are great family dogs.
Ridgebacks can be awesome watch/guard dogs.
And, of course, they are the most handsome of dogs!
As puppies they have surgical -- knife sharp teeth and the jaw power of a Doberman Pinscher...they should never be allowed to play roughly with humans of any age. They can do major damage to coffee tables, shoes and anything else they can find to chomp on. Crate training is a must to protect home furnishings while you are not at home. As juveniles, if left unattended, they can cause your house to self-destruct...at least, it may appear that way! If left in the yard, they will find things to chew on that you may not even know you own until it ceases working. A bored Ridgeback is a major disaster waiting to happen.
They are capable of digging ranch-sized holes, biting the limbs off shrubs and ripping up small trees People who love to garden must contend with the fact that their backyards will belong to the dog!
MOST are not fussy eaters and have cast-iron stomachs - and you thought this was a good thing -- NOT! It also means they will attempt to eat anything that doesn't eat them first. They are master counter-surfers...nothing is spared and they are fast. Ridgeback owners have a tendency to overfeed their dogs, causing gas - not the most pleasant aspect of dog ownership. Remember, a Ridgeback always thinks it’s hungry! You have to feed on schedule and stick to your plan.
Ridgebacks are "people" dogs, which means they should be treated as family and not made to live solely alone in the yard, otherwise, you wind up with a big, powerful, pushy creature of your making! An ADULT RIDGEBACK can clear a five foot fence if they want to. A bored dog is going to look for something to do, even if that means outside your yard. No one wants to live next door to someone who lets their dog out to eliminate on the neighbors’ yard, whose dog gets out and kills cats or scares the walkers, joggers and bike riders.
Ridgebacks grow to be big dogs and must attended obedience classes with you so he won't become a "bad apple" and make an ugly impression of the breed on anyone. Learning to walk on a loose lead at an early age is essential – nobody should be drug around by a big dog.
Ridgebacks are intelligent…this too, has been said -- what it means is they are fully capable of training you before you can train them. They are quite clever and can be willfully disobedient. The earlier the obedience classes the better. We can’t say this enough - A bored Ridgeback can be quite destructive and may develop bad habits of chewing, escaping crate and fencing, barking out of boredom and generally making a pest of themselves. It is essential that you have the time to put in with them, which can be as simple as having them in the house with you when you are home or spending time making sure they get a good amount of exercise…whether outside hiking, training, running or walking with them in safe areas.
Ridgebacks must be introduced to cats and even so, may be aggressive towards strange felines.They know the difference between their own cat and a strange cat. Just ask my daughters cat that came to visit.
Before you get a Ridgeback, please consider the adult size of a Ridgeback and whether you and your family members will be able to properly keep the dog and to train the dog to be a great companion and a good canine citizen.
So is a Ridgeback the Right Dog for you?
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has the advantage of having keen sight, and a good nose for scent. Due to the wide-open terrain of the southern African Veldt, coupled with the habits of the game to be hunted and the techniques required to hunt such game in that terrain, the Ridgeback was developed as a silent trailer, characteristic of its sight hound ancestry. When the terrain becomes more varied, where baying is desirable to keep track of the hunting pack (such as in areas of the United States where these dogs have been used), supplementation with baying hounds (more typical of scent hounds) has been done.
Possessing many of the characteristics generally associated with hounds, the Ridgeback has a quiet, gentle temperament, rarely barking. While able to enjoy lazing around in a patch of sun or in front of a winter fireplace, a Ridgeback can be instantly alert if a stranger should appear, or he is in pursuit of legitimate prey. Where he gave the impression of a big, lazy, slow-moving animal, the Ridgeback can be a threatening presence as a watchdog. Developed not only to hunt, but also as family protector, his affectionate disposition makes him a trustworthy companion for a small child. He is easily trained, being of above-average tractability than many hounds. However, because of this intelligence, an untrained Ridgeback can become a terrible nuisance! Trained, he is a pleasure as a companion, a hunting partner, or as a show dog or obedience competitor. Because of his innate abilities to protect his family, a Ridgeback should not be trained as a guard dog but, rather, the natural protective qualities should be supplemented with elementary obedience training for control.
The average hobby breeder is lucky if they break even on a litter.
The price you pay for a Pumaridge Puppy is minimal compared to raising, training and giving it the care required over your puppies lifetime.If the cost of a good purebred pup is more than you can afford then maybe a adult rescue dog that has already been spayed or neutered is a better option for you.