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Chilolo Rhodesian Ridgebacks

 
 
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ABallard
Queensland 4352
P 07 4696 6216
M0410 651 756
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   Since our first litter in 1976, Chilolo RRs have been making their way into people's hearts and into breed history books.


Welcome to Chilolo

Since our first litter in 1976, Chilolo RRs have been making their way into people's hearts and into breed history books.

I would like to thank the many people in various countries who have purchased and shown Chilolo Ridgebacks over the past 30 plus years and who have provided my dogs with such good homes. Without your support, the above record would not have been achieved.

My sincere thanks to you all.

To the best of our knowledge, no other Rhodesian Ridgeback breeder in Australia has achieved such consistent results over such a long period of time. Please take some time to look at our gorgeous past and present RRs on the following pages and feel free to contact us anytime.

About Us

I live with my partner Greg on 170 acres about 15 minutes north of Toowoomba which is about an hour west of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The house, "Ivydale", was built by Greg's grandfather in about 1914 and the property has been in the family since then. It used to be a dairy farm but now Greg buys cattle, fattens them and sells them and we usually run around 100 head.

The dogs enjoy the huge house yard and they have yards to run in which are probably bigger than some people's house blocks!

In 1973, I was competing with my horse, Tequila, at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney and it was there that I first laid eyes on these golden dogs with black muzzles who simply took my breath away. I had been looking for a dog who would be able to come with me when I went riding and who would be my companion.

My mother had spent her childhood in Rhodesia and she told me a lot aboutthe dogs and their origin and temperament. Her family always had them on their farm. My relatives, the Hensmans, somehow manage to survive in Zimbabwe today and they still have Ridgebacks on their farm.

In 1973 in Australia, it was very difficult to find anyone who knew what a ridgeback was let alone find someone who bred them. After much searching, I eventually found Nina Bieberitz, Bulawayo Kennels, in Melbourne and as luck would have it, Nina had a 5 month old female who became my first ridgeback. Her name was Bulawayo Red Lady and I called her Sandy.

I then thought that it might be nice to have one litter `just for fun' (that is what I dread hearing from puppy buyers today!!) and I made contact with Jenny Arthur, LWillows Kennels, who suggested I use her dog, Aust Ch Lwillows Kalzim (Zim).

I was lucky to be able to buy Zim from Jenny a year or so later and he lived with me for the rest of his life.

I kept a puppy from that litter `just for fun'. Her name was Chilolo Karoo, later to become an Australian Champion and I gave her to Greg. He named her Fritz and he absolutely adored her until the day she died.

Jenny Arthur suggested I bring Fritz to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Sepcialty Show in Sydney in 1977. So, with great trepidation, I entered Fritz in the show and together we trekked off to Sydney.

Imagine my surprise when Fritz was awarded first place in the puppy bitch class, then went on to BEST PUPPY, RESERVE CHALLENGE BITCH and RUNNER UP BEST IN SHOW under NSW judge Bev Daines. I was hooked from then on and, as they say, the rest is history!


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