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Amakhosi Rhodesian Ridgebacks

 
 
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AGeham
Queensland 4352
P 07 4696 9820
M0416 032 867
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   Our names are Jessica and Sean and we are the proud owners of some fantastic ambassadors of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed. We show our dogs, but they are also very much a part of our busy household. We have 3 sons who love playing with the dogs. All of our pups have had exposure to children as we make sure that the pups are handled (under supervision) by our sons.

About Us
Our names are Jessica and Sean and we are the proud owners of some fantastic ambassadors of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed. We show our dogs, but they are also very much a part of our busy household. We have 3 sons who love playing with the dogs. All of our pups have had exposure to children as we make sure that the pups are handled (under supervision) by our sons.

Jessica has an ANKC Championship license to judge dogs in Group 3 Gundogs; Group 4 Hounds and Group 5 Working Dogs. She is also licensed to Judge Group 7: Non Sporting at Open show level in Queensland.

We would love you to take the time to visit the pages on our website. They depict our current show dogs Kisima and Makani, plus some of the progeny we have bred here at Amakhosi as well as our foundation dogs; Micky, Sarabi and Tandi. We are extremely proud of the dogs we have bred, some of which are being shown in USA and Germany, with progeny from Micky being in New Zealand, USA and Spain.

We also have a new addition to the Amakhosi family. In 2009, we purchased Abby (Oatland Just Do It), who is an Australian Kelpie. She is a wonderful dog and loves everyone! I told her breeder that she would end up acting like a RR, and she has! Thank you to Di Kent from Oatland Kennels for allowing Abby to join our family! She joins Makani and Kisima as part of our show team.

There is also a page which will give you a basic outline of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed, and some more information about us!

Please feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries about the breed, the use of one of our stud dogs, or a puppy enquiry. We do not breed large numbers of litters, but it is possible that one of our boys may have a litter of puppies available even if we are not expecting a litter here.

About Amakhosi
We would like you to view our dogs and learn about our wonderful breed the Rhodesian Ridgeback!

Our Kennel name, 'Amakhosi', translated from the Zulu language means, 'the Place of the Kings'

We have been involved in the breed for over 16 years, mainly with Conformation shows, endurance trialling and some obedience. Our dogs are part of our life and live in the house with our family, not in kennels. We currently have 3 dogs living with us: Kisima and Makani and our Australian Kelpie called Abby. We have also included information and photos on some of the other dogs we have bred.

All of our breeding dogs are hip and elbow xrayed and scored by the Australian Veterinary Association for dysplasia, and they are all within the acceptable limits for breeding purposes. We will not breed with dogs outside these limits. We may only breed 1 -2 or even no litters each year. We are not in the business of mass production of puppies, but are very discerning and will only have a litter when we feel the time is correct for the bitch and us, and we have found a mate compatible with our girls! Temperament and breed type is paramount in our selection process. We want the offspring from our dogs to be able to fit in with their new families! Our children are encouraged to play with the puppies, so they are used to being around young humans! We also encourage all of our new owners to socialize and partake in 'puppy preschools'and obedience training of their puppy, so that it is well behaved when out and about!

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a loving, faithful and highly intelligent dog, but may not be the dog for everyone. I encourage potential owners to investigate the breed thoroughly before purchasing. Remember, all puppies are cute, but they will be living with you for 10 – 14 years, so please make the correct choice!

We hope you enjoy viewing our 4 legged family members, and offspring. Please feel free to contact us to discuss the dogs or any future litters.

A very informative website on Rhodesian Ridgebacks is an American site called Kalahari Rhodesian Ridgebacks, which is owned by Sandra Fikes: http://kalaharirr.tripod.com/home.html

About the Breed
The Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a delightful nature. He is a faithful, one man or one family dog, and his friendship, once given, is for life! The Ridgeback is very affectionate and likes to lean on you, lie on your feet or sit on your lap if permitted. He is extremely loyal to those he loves, but distinctly offhand with strangers and quite disinterested in anyone outside his chosen circle. He is placid and easy going, putting up with endless torment from children, as well as being highly intelligent and quick to learn. He is happy to participate fully in family activities, but is equally content to laze around all day if there is nothing better to do. The Ridgeback is an excellent guard dog and his deep bark warns intruders to keep away from his property.

No single breed of dog ideally suits everyone and there are aspects of the Ridgeback character, which may not appeal to some people. Most Ridgebacks are independent and stubborn: if you give them an order when they would prefer to be doing something else, you will probably not get an immediate response.

Servility plays no part in the temperament of this breed, but if you want the rewarding companionship of a dog that has spirit and considers itself to be your equal rather than your slave, you need look no further!

History of the Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a native of South Africa descending from a variety of European breeds which were bred with the wild, ridged dog of the Hottentot tribes. The Boer farmers originally bred this breed as a multi purpose companion who would hunt, bring down game for food and protect their homes from predators. These ridged dogs became well known above all others for their ability to keep a lion at bay with a combination of speed, agility, cunning and bravery. The ridge has become the breed’s identifying mark. Ridgebacks are sturdy, low maintenance dogs with a faithful, affectionate and loyal nature, which makes them good companions. They are dogs of an independent character whose aloofness with strangers and physical appearance make s for an excellent guardian and companion.

General Appearance

The Rhodesian Ridgeback should present a well-balanced, strong, muscular, agile and active dog, symmetrical in outline and capable of great endurance with a fair amount of speed. The emphasis is on agility, elegance and soundness with no tendency towards massiveness. The peculiarity of the breed is the ridge on the back, which is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat.

The ideal Rhodesian Ridgeback is an eye-catching dog with a rare combination of elegance and substance; therefore it should neither be too racy or too heavy in bone. A Ridgeback should look as if it could run all day and turn on a burst of speed when necessary; this indicates a hound that is athletic, clean cut and agile, with no hint of coarseness, yet, at the same time, having the substance to pull down medium size game.

The desirable heights are: Dogs: 63cm (25 inches) to 69cm (27 inches)

Bitches 61cm (24 inches) to 66cm (26 inches)

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", ie 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.


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