Rhodesian Ridgebacks are an unusual breed of sighthound from South Africa. They were originally bred to hunt lions (yes, lions!) and other big game, and to guard farms from similar threats. Their characteristic feature is the ridge of hair that grows backward along their spine, giving them their name.
Since lion-hunting is not a common activity in the US these days, most Ridgebacks are now devoted to living a life of leisure, monopolizing couches and hunting elusive leftovers hiding on kitchen counters. Still, they remain dignified, noble protectors of their families and capable hunters of more common, less-dangerous prey. While Ridgebacks are afffectionate and even goofy with their family, they can be aloof and "snobbish" with strangers. They are known for being stubborn, independent, and opinionated. Beautiful and graceful, these dogs are awesomely athletic.
See pictures of my Ridgebacks in the Photo Gallery.
CH Intrigue's Lava Girl Kioni TDInc RN CGC
Kioni is a fun dog! She is intelligent, active, and athletic. Although Kioni has plenty of energy and drive, she is a fairly laid-back and easy-going dog. She is also prone to dramatic productions that range from the amusing to the completely ridiculous. She is independent and opinionated, and patience is a virtue she has yet to acquire. She's a mouthy girl and is not afraid to let you know exactly what she is thinking, verbally and eloquently. Kioni is always my companion on any outdoor adventure, and she enjoys hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, and travel in general. Boredom is the bane of her existence. With people she likes, Kioni is snuggly and mushily affectionate, and she is particularly fond of children. With others, she is standoffish. She enjoys other dogs and loves to play excessively rowdy, noisy, rough-and-tumble games with her extended pack. She is currently working as a Therapy Dog.
Passed Canine Good Citizen test at 6 months old; Earned first obedience title at 12 months; completed her UKC conformation championship in just one weekend with Group placements.