What is the nature of the Rhodesian Ridgeback?
The Ridgeback is strong willed, sensitive and independent. This stems from his ability to hunt independently of human direction; a trait that was very valuable in his native land. He is a “People Dog”–an affectionate dog, who needs the human companionship of his owner, yet is quite aloof with strangers. He tends to bond with one person, however, his love will extend to every family member that treats him well. He responds to positive training methods. Harsh treatment does not work with this breed! This is a Hound and possesses many of the typical Hound characteristics. The adult Ridgeback has a quiet, laid back temperament and rarely barks. He enjoys spending the day with his owner, lounging in front of the fire or curled up in the corner. However, when alerted and in action, he can quickly become a graceful and powerful hunter or guard dog. It is important to understand that as puppies these dogs are not different from other puppies in that A TIRED PUPPY IS A GOOD PUPPY! So realize t