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Ty Brown

Ty has been featured in National TV and Radio shows like Voice of America and has been

training dogs ever since he was 14 years old.

NBA players, NFL players, professional golfers, singers, wrestlers, governors, CEOs, billionaire entrepreneurs, and many other celebrities trust Ty because of his unique approach to training their pets.

He has trained dogs in 18 states in the U.S.A and four other countries worldwide and has spent several years working with high level executive protection dogs who make wonderful family pets, but potent guardians if called upon.

Val Heart

Val is an internationally recognized Expert Animal Communicator and Master

Healer who has authored 6 books on Animal Communication and has been featured in several TV and Radio shows such as the Wayne & Jayne Radio Show and Whole Life Radio with Carmen & John LaMarca.

Her uncanny insight into 'animal thought' comes from having intimately worked with over 6,200 animals during the past 30 years, which is why we trust her profound experience when she speaks.

Dr. Susan Lauten

Dr. Lauten has a Masters in Animal Nutrition and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences.

Recently a guest of

Dr. Marty Becker on "Top Vets Talk Pets" and interviewed by The Oregon Live, she has authored several peer-reviewed articles and veterinary nutrition reference book chapters.

With 5 years of experience teaching Veterinary Nutrition at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lauten brings unequalled veterinary perspective into how your dog should be cared for both medically and nutritionally.

Sally Rushmore

Sally has a current practice which teaches nearly 200 young dog owners to train their dogs in obedience and

agility each year.

Having spent over 40 years training dogs, Sally has proven experience in helping dogs to love and obey their owners and bond deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship this inevitably brings.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback: Origin, Personality, Training


Group: AKC Hound, KCGB Hound

AKC Ranking: 54

Also Known As: Ridgeback


About Rhodesian Ridgeback

Country of Origin, History of the breed

The Rhodesian Ridgeback, the only known breed to have originated in South Africa, is said to have descended from native ridged dogs crossed to various continental breeds. They combined Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds, Bloodhounds, Terriers, and other breeds with the half-wild Hottentot hunting breed to create the Ridgeback. Its standard, fixed in Rhodesia, dates from 1922.

It is not known definitely when this dog was first introduced into the United States. A few were imported prior to 1940, possibly as early as 1912. However, after World War II (between 1946 and 1955 -- when the breed was recognized by AKC), quite a large number of these dogs were imported, not only into the United States, but also into England and Canada.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

A Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, tenacious, muscular, active dog, symmetrical in outline, and capable of great endurance. This tall, strong breed is solid in color with some dark grey or black shading on the muzzle and ears in some dogs. Their head is wide at the ears with a proportionately long muzzle. Their ears are large and soft and hang down. The tail is long and balances the height of the dog. Eyes are expressive and keenly aware of slight movements both near and far.

The ridge on his back is his trademark. It should be clearly defined by the hairs growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat.

Coat Color

Solid light or red wheaten body with same color nose, or black or brown nose. There is some dark grey or black shading on the muzzle and ears in some dogs.

Coat Type

This dog’s coat is short, dense, sleek and glossy.


Males 25-27”
Females 24-26”


Males 80-90Lbs.
Females 65-75Lbs.

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Temperament of the Dog

This breeds are clean dogs, easily kept, and never noisy or quarrelsome. Their general good nature, desire to please and liking for children have made them a fine choice for watchdog and family pet. They have a pack instinct and need the closeness of family or other large pets to keep them happy. They can be very obedient if training is started early and reinforced. If, on the other hand, this large dog is not trained, he can become difficult and oblivious to your call.

As puppies they can be come quite destructive with their chewing and need to have special toys offered to keep them satisfied until this passes. Crate training is highly recommended to keep both the dog and its surroundings safe until it matures.

They have a high regard for their home and territory and will keep it well patrolled and safe.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Large yards are best for this breed but apartment living is not out of the question since they are quiet indoors. Regular walks on lead will be required if no yard is available and joggers would be delighted by their stamina.

The Ridgeback is an extremely clean dog with little odor and minimal shedding. Its short, dense coat sheds little. In general, a Ridgeback kept indoors sheds a little all year round, whereas an outside one will experience seasonal shedding. They do not drool, except in anticipation of food. They are generally easy to housetrain and are not overactive in the house. They will take over the furniture unless their owners discourage this habit from puppy hood. A happily wagging tail will easily clear a low coffee table of its contents.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Intelligent, loyal and loving, make this a great pet for families with children. Their protective instincts make them good watchdogs but can leave them distant to strangers.
They can be good with cats if brought up with them, but fiercely effective in defending their territory from stray dogs and cats. The Ridgeback is an excellent natural watchdog and family protector, requiring only that the owner has control over it.

Due to its large size, younger and more excitable Ridgebacks may knock over smaller children by accident.

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Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

These dogs have great stamina and you will tire long before they do. They need to be taken on daily, long and brisk walks or jogs. In addition, the breed needs plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash in a safe, well-fenced area. If these dogs are allowed to get bored, and are not walked or jogged daily, they can become destructive and start to display a wide array of behavioral problems.

How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?

When going through teething periods, at 6 weeks to about 4-½ months and again at around 8 to 10 months. Ridgebacks can be quite destructive if not provided with things that you want them to chew on, such as safe and fun toys, bones, a Kong® etc. Crate training may be essential in order to keep unsupervised, adolescent Ridgebacks in check.

Like any medium-large dog, Ridgebacks need exercise -- a daily romp in the back yard or park and a couple of longer trips to the park per week should be sufficient. More would be better, but Ridgebacks do adapt to their people.



The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. A chamois will keep the coat glossy. Keep the nails clipped every two weeks if the dog is not walking on pavement. This breed is an average shedder, depending if it is outside most of the time or alternating from inside to outside.

Professional bathing may be required because of their size and weight and should be done when necessary.


Health and Care

Genetic Problems

The dog can withstand very high temperatures and the damp cold of night. They are insensitive to insect bites and can go without food and water for over 24 hours. Despite these strengths, the breed does suffer from Hip Dysplasia and Dermoid Sinus cysts.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

Consult with your breeder to determine the best breeding mate for your pet. Generally the breed is an easy and consistent whelper.

Litter Size: 5-10 puppies.

Life Span: 10-12 years

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National Breed Clubs

British – Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain
US – Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States - www.rrcus.org


Rescue Link:  www.ridgebackrescue.org/





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