Anyone have a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

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  1. Buddy'sParents

    Buddy'sParents *Finding My Inner Fila*

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    My husband and I plan to get another dog, sometime in the future, and we've been researching. We definitely like larger dogs (no toy breeds, we'd step on them, and more large than medium sized, etc.).

    Some dogs that we have thought of are; mastiff, black mouth cur, rhodesian ridgeback, among others.

    I'm looking for people who have had personal experience with these dogs. I've done research on them, but I would REALLY like to hear from anyone that has a RR.

    Thanks :)
     
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    i personally dont have any information on these breeds although their all pretty big,
    Theirs definetly sum1 on here with a black mouth cur and theirs lots of people with different types of mastiffs so you shud get lots of info!!!!! l

    good luck!
     
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    Gustav has a RR cross.
    Gempress has a blackmouth cur
    Renee, Filarotten and buckshot have... filas :D
    Who else has mastiffs? :confused: I've gone blank.

    But that's a start
     
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    Yes, I have two female Rhodesian Ridgebacks. They are wonderful dogs. Once you own one, you will never go back to another breed. This is not the kind of dog you want to just put in your backyard though. They are very smart. Both mine know how to open doors. They are not barkers. They are great guard dogs but are not fecious. They have a coat that you dont have to maintain. They really bond with one person. Becareful of some breeders though. Dermoid is a Ridgeback disease. I didnt buy one for this person but I know that they put out some good dogs. www.lionaroundhounds.com she will not overcharge. Her prices are good.
     
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    Theres someone whos a huge big fan of Tibetan mastiffs who has the 2 Cane corsos now.
     
  6. Dobiegurl

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    I am also interested in this breed. How do they do with other dogs? Are they dog agressive? How big do they get? Should I get a female since I have a male dog right now? Just wondering, because I am looking for a new breed to add to my house. I've grown up with Dobies, Rotts, Pitts, and mastiff breeds, I want a new breed to experience and I have always loved the RR.
     
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    AusCatDogs_4Ever but please call me Aus.

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    I thought they had Dogo's... Maybe I'm thinking of someone else?
     
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    The females are more dominant than the males. I have a male lab as well. He is kind of possesive. We never had really any problems. I recommend a female. Females weight about 73lbs. They are not mean dogs. They are just fearless. The ridge is really neat if you have not ever seen one up close. Lots of people will constantly come up to you and want to look at it.
     
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    I would be one of those people coming up to look at it!!:D I havn't met one in person, they are really interesting dogs! One reason I want to meet one is to check out the fur that grows in the opposite direction up their spine, I think that's really neat!
     
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    Yep. It grows in the opposite direction. It also has a crown at the top. We do some Lure Coursing. You dont have to teach them this. It is instictal. They go out and chase this fake rabbit all over the field. They love it. You can go on AKC and find one near you. They do fun runs were you can just sign up your dog to try it. Its fun to watch. What state are you in?
     
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    Rowdy, do you have any pictures? do you have other dogs also? Or just RR's?
     
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    I have a 1 and a half old female ridgeback, a 9 month old female ridgeback, and a 6 year old male lab. I have pictures only in print. My digital camera bit the dust.
     
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    I paid $650 for the older ridgeback $450 for the younger. They are both show quality dogs. Perfect ridge with no white on them. You can get them cheaper for pet quality but I really wanted nice ridges. The difference is about $100.
     
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    How do the RR's interact with your lab?

    What's the best thing that you like about them? Is there anything that you don't like about them? :)
     
  16. Dobiegurl

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    Thats how I was the first time I saw a RR. I was so amazed and the owner was explaining how thats how the people in africa could tell the difference between their dogs and wild dogs by the ridge on their back, or something like that.
     
  17. Dobiegurl

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    Did you get them from the breeder you posted? $450 is in my price range because since I am only 16 I don't have a lot of spending money but I can come up with that in a couple of months, maybe by summer.
     
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    They get along great. The best thing I like about them is that they are very clever in a weird way. Puma, my older female, will go to the back door when we are eating, for me to let her out. When I get there she runs and gets the plate off my food. This breed is master manipulaters. They do stuff like this to manipulate whole prides of lion. The thing I hate is, that they can be hard to train. They are not food driven dogs like my lab. Dont let that discourage you though. Its not like potty training or stuff like that. It is counter surfing. If you are the primary care giver of the dog, they will attach to you and not listen to your husband.
     
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    I read that they're not easily trainable and often ignore their owners, is that true?
     
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    Yes, they usually listen to that one person. But not anybody else.
     

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