About the Dams....

Nala

This is Nala our Dam, she is light wheaton with a black nose. She has soft eyes which reflects her gentle and calm nature. Nala was sired by a gorgeous South African import.  We added Nala to our family when she was 5 months old. She was born August 21st, 2014.  Nala stands 25" tall and weighs 68 pounds. Nala is registered with the 'American Kennel Club' and the 'Canadian Kennel Club'.
OFA Eyes: Normal
OFA DM: Normal
AKC Pedigree
CKC Registration

Lola

This is our other dam, Lola, She a red wheaton liver nose.  Her eyes are a beautiful amber. We have had Lola from the time she was a puppy.  Lola stands 25" tall and weighs 73 pounds. She is dual registered with the 'American Kennel Club' and the 'Canadian Kennel Club'.
Below are pictures of Lola as a pup.
OFA Tests:
Eyes: Normal
Thyroid: Normal
DM: Normal
Hip Dysplasia: Exellent
Elbow Dysplasia: Negative
AKC Pedigree
CKC Registration

About the Sire....

This is 'Thor', he is dark red wheaton with a black nose. At times he can appear intimidating but really he is a big suck. This guy has champion bloodlines which is not hard to believe  considering his impeccable comformation and beautiful ridge. Thor was born August 15th, 2015. He stands 27" and weighs 86 pounds. Thor is registered with the 'American Kennel Club' and the 'Canadian Kennel Club'.
OFA Tests:
Eyes: Normal
Thyroid: Normal
DM: Normal
Hip Dysplasia: Good
Elbow Dysplasia: Negative
AKC Pedigree
CKC Registration
Below are some pictures of past Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies.

Considering a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

  • The Rhodesian Ridgeback is tolerant of kids, but can be too rambunctious for toddlers.
  • Because of their size, intelligence, and power, Rhodesian Ridgebacks aren't recommended for first-time or timid owners.
  • If a Rhodesian Ridgeback is raised with other pets, he'll be accepting of them. However, he can still be aggressive toward strange animals outside the family, even if he's well socialized and trained. Males can be aggressive toward other males, especially if they're not neutered.
  • If bored, the Rhodesian Ridgeback can become very destructive.
  • The Rhodesian Ridgeback needs a high fence to keep him from escaping and roaming. An underground electronic fence won't contain him.
  • Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed little, and you can keep them clean with a weekly brushing and a wipedown with a damp cloth. They also need regular nail trims and tooth brushing.
  • Training can be difficult if you don't start at a very young age. Rhodesian Ridgebacks can be stubborn and strong willed, but if you're consistent, firm, and fair, you can train your Ridgeback to a high level.
  • The young Rhodesian Ridgeback is energetic and active, but with maturity and training, he generally becomes a calm and quiet dog. He needs at least a half hour of daily exercise.
  • Rhodesian Ridgebacks can adapt to a number of living situations, including apartments, if they're properly exercised. The ideal is a home with a large fenced yard.
  • Ridgebacks generally don't bark a lot. Many will bark to alert you to something unusual, and some will bark when they are bored, but for the most part, this isn't a yappy breed.
  • Rhodesian Ridgebacks aren't serious diggers, but they'll dig a large hole if they're bored or to escape the heat.




History

The Rhodesian Ridgeback, once known as the African Lion Hound, was developed in South Africa by Boer farmers. The farmers needed a versatile hunting dog who could withstand the extreme temperatures and terrain of the bush, survive when water rations were low, protect property, and be a companion to the entire family.

The first thing people notice about the Rhodesian Ridgeback is usually the characteristic ridge that runs down his spine and gives him his name. The ridge reveals part of his heritage, which is a mix of European hunting dogs and African dogs who had the distinctive ridge.

They started by crossing dogs they'd brought from Europe — such as Great Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds, and Bloodhounds — with a half-wild native dog kept by the Khoikhoi, a pastoral people. This dog had a distinctive ridge of hair along its back, and breeders noticed that crosses who had this ridge tended to be excellent hunters.

They also notice his strong athleticism, noble carriage, and the intelligence in his eyes. The history of the breed only adds to his allure; owners are often asked, "Did they really hunt lions?"

The answer is yes.  At first, the Boers primarily used the dogs to flush partridge or bring down a wounded buck, but when big-game hunting became popular, they found that the dogs were well suited for accompanying them when they hunted lions from horseback. The Ridgeback was developed in Africa to corner and hold big game prey, such as lions, bears, and boar. Today, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is still used for hunting, and some members of the breed have even adapted to pointing and retrieving. The Rhodesian Ridgeback can also be found competing in various dog sports, including agility, lure coursing, obedience, and tracking, and he's a good hiking or jogging companion.

A hunter named Cornelius von Rooyen began a breeding program in what was then known as Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). A breed standard — a written description of what the breed should look and act like — was set down in 1922, and it's changed little since then. In 1924, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was officially accepted by the South African Kennel Union.

Some Rhodesian Ridgebacks may have made it to the United States as early as 1911, but it wasn't until after World War II that large numbers were imported to the U.S., Britain, and Canada. The first Rhodesian Ridgeback registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) was Tchaika of Redhouse, in 1955. The AKC recognized the breed that same year.









Rhodesian Ridgeback FAQ'S


Do you ship your puppies?
Yes, we can send your pup safely on a plane throughout Canada, United States and other countries.

Will your puppies be vaccinated before being placed in their new home?
Yes, puppies will be up to date on vaccinations, they will have their 1st set of vaccinations administered at 7 weeks of age consisting of distemper and parvo. They will also be current with deworming.

Will puppies have their rabies vaccination before going to their new home?
No, we usually place pups with their new owners at around 8 weeks, therefore they are too young to receive rabies.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed a lot?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed little, and you can keep them clean with a weekly brushing and a wipedown with a damp cloth. They also need regular nail trims and tooth brushing.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks good with young children?
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is tolerant with children of all ages, but he's large and can be too rambunctious for a toddler.
As with any dog, always teach children how to approach and touch your Rhodesian Ridgeback, and supervise all interactions between dogs and young kids to prevent any biting or tail pulling from either party.

How big are your Rhodesian Ridgeback  pups going to get as adults?
This is not something that can be guaranteed. The best indicator would be to look at the size of the Sire and Dam. The pups will likely be right around the 'standard' for a Rhodesian Ridgeback which would be 25"-27" tall and  weighing  85 pounds for the males, and 24"-26" tall and weighing around 70 pounds for the females.

How do I know you’re not a puppy mill?
We are clearly not a mass producing kennel or puppy mill. Our dogs are cared for very well, they get the excercise they need,   they are fed well  and are spoiled with treats and table scraps. They live indoors with us but have plenty of space to run outside as well. They are well socialized and loved to death. Their vaccinations and vet check-ups are always up to date, they are very healthy.

Are your Rhodesian Ridgebacks registered?
Yes, they are registered with the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club, and the new owners of the pups will have the opportunity to register their new addition as well.

Can I choose a new name for the pup from the name it is posted as on the site?
Absolutely, we have them named for my reference. You will have the opportunity to change puppies name when you send in the registration form to the Registry.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks  have  a lot of health problems?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they can get certain health conditions. Not all Ridgebacks will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed.  The following problems are not common in the breed, but they may occur: Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, and Dermoid Sinus.

Do your Rhodesian Ridgebacks live indoors or outdoors?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks can adapt to a variety of homes, including apartments, as long as they get daily exercise. They should live in the house with their people, not outdoors in a run or kennel.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacksget along well with other dogs? Cats?
If a Rhodesian Ridgeback is raised with other pets, he'll be accepting of them. However, he can still be aggressive toward strange animals outside the family, even if he's well socialized and trained. Males can be aggressive toward other males, especially if they're not neutered.

Do you offer full rights with the purchase of a pup?
If you are interested in full rights with the purchase of one of our pups please indicate this in an email to us; however, in the majority of cases, to promote responsible breeding, all of our puppies are sold on a Limited Registration basis. Limited Registration means that the dog is eligible for registration with the American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club; however, any offspring produced by the dog would not be eligible to be registered. This does not mean that the dog is of lesser quality. It just means that they are ineligible to enter conformation shows or produce registered offspring. They are eligible to enter other events such as hunt tests, agility, obedience and rally trials.
Most puppies purchased from Living Skies Kennel are purchased as companion dogs by owners who have no interest in breeding or showing; therefore, Limited Registration will have no bearing on these dogs and their owners. However, should an owner decide to become involved with showing and/or breeding in the future, Limited Registration can be reversed when certain criteria are met by the dog and owner.

Do you offer a health guarantee?
Yes, Provided is a one year health guarantee should the puppy be found to have a hereditary or congenital defect. You can find information on the health guarantee in the Puppy Agreement under the 'Purchase a Pup' tab. 

How do I go about getting one of the Rhodesian Ridgebacks pups put on hold for me?
If you have decided on a particular puppy,  the puppy questionnaire is the next step. You will find the questionnaire under  the 'Purchase a Pup' tab.

What are the standards of a Rhodesian Ridgeback?
Below are links to the 'American Kennel Club' and the 'Canadian Kennel Club' standards.




Can your dogs be used for hunting/showing/search & rescue?
Yes, these puppies have very good bloodlines, these bloodlines consist of show quality dogs. They have been
found competing in various dog sports, including agility, lure coursing, obedience, and tracking, all  our puppies have the potential to succeed in all these areas.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks bark alot?
Ridgebacks are generally discriminating barkers, meaning they only bark at things that are important, but any dog can become a nuisance barker if he doesn't have anything else to do.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks hyper?
Exuberant and active in puppyhood, he matures into a quiet dog with moderate exercise needs.

Do you socialize your dogs?
Yes, the puppies are played with on a daily basis. They are introduced to the other dogs and cats at our home. Please note that we do not allow visitors to see pups until they reach at least 4 weeks of age, and we do not allow the pups to be in the presence of other people’s animals, we do this to protect the pups at such a young age as they are vulnerable, this has been recommended by our veterinarian.

Does AKC and CKC recognize the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed?
Yes, both registries recognize the breed.

What is considered an acceptable ridge?































Can I be put on a waiting list for pick of the litter?
Yes, please contact me If you are interested.

NOTE: Living Skies Kennel reserves the right to retain one or more puppies in the litter in order to further our breeding program.
  
What all is included with the puppy when we pick him/her up?  
Your puppy will have had their first round of shots, deworming and have been checked from head to toe by our Veterinarian or we will not sell them.

Our puppies come to you with:

- Starter bag of puppy food
- Registration Form/Litter Certificate
- Sire and Dam's Registration Certificate
- Health record
- Health guarantee
- Breed Specific information
- Specific information on the food puppy is currently on
- Blanket
- Toys














AKC Standards
CKC Standards