Welcome to Pine Acres Rhodesian Ridgebacks!
it all started:
A long time ago in Germany I visited friends, who
bred Arabian horses, and there I met this beautiful elegant tan colored dog
with a strange stripe down her back, and even though she was not interested in strangers, I fell in love with her.
That's how I met my first Rhodesian Ridgeback, and at that time it was a
very rare breed. She was imported from Africa, and I wanted one, eventually. It took about 20 years to
realize my dream, but then I found my first one, Malika. I was
lucky, I met and made friends with her parents, Rafiki and Daisy, owned by Billee Casey in Santa Rosa. Both
parents were so outgoing and friendly, a real pleasure to be around, so I waited for their second litter,
which arrived in 2004. 13 puppies, and all lively, beautiful and healthy, and they grew up with both parents,
a rarity. Rafiki was really nice with his puppies, that says a lot about his character.
I had Malika picked out for me, since I wanted a
puppy with show and breed potential. She was so quiet on our long drive home, that I was a little
worried... She was such a good puppy, smart, very easy going, and she
learned all her good behavior from my older dog, a well trained Shepherd. At the time we lived in south
central Oregon, on 3 pine covered acres, hence the name. A perfect place to take long walks, and ride horses,
and Malika liked to run along with us. We showed a little, but it wasn't really our thing.
The purpose of my dogs is to be my buddies, my
companions, and they do
that very well!
A few years later we moved back to California's Bay
Area and now we live in La Honda, under the redwoods, with 3
generations. Grandma Malika is now 9 years old and still doing really well! She got white in the face, and
lost her girlish figure, but runs and plays and enjoys life. And she still does her signature moves: Rearing up on
her hind legs, just like a horse, and the quick-step backwards, when the food bowl comes, which shows, that her
hips are still in good working order. Then there is her daughter Kima, she's now 5. She had a great litter of
puppies 2 years ago, and is pregnant again.
From that litter
we kept Asali, a real beauty, lively, smart, and soo sweet. The three of them get along great. All my dogs live in the house, and sleep in my bedroom, they spend time
in our spacious yard during the day, and every day we hike one of our local trails or have fun at
the the beach. They just love to run, play and explore, and it's a pleasure to watch them having so
much fun. Usually we have a whole pack, since we also take in dogs for boarding. And they all get
Puppies and my reasons for breeding
My reason to responsibly breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks is very simple: I love them! I
love Ridgeback puppies, even though they are a lot of work, and I want to give others the chance to own the most
friendly, beautiful, healthy, emotionally well-adjusted and intelligent dog companion possible!
My goal is to produce long-lived Ridgebacks with sound minds and bodies, and to
raise well socialized puppies with the conformation as described in the written standard, so they have the chance to reach their full potential as companion or performance
Puppies are born and raised in my home. Every puppy is handled several times each
day, human attention is a vital part of their lives from day one. They get used to all noise and activity in a
household, and start spending time outside from the 4th week on. They meet different people, the cats and the
horses. We will go on short walks around the property and ride in the car. Every other day the puppies get
introduced to a new toy or object they can play with. They get used to a crate. I will try to include as much
mental and physical stimulation as possible, so the puppy's brains, nervous systems and bodies will develop their
There's one thing I won't be doing: Remove the dew claws. I consider the removal of a dog's toe, which is the equivalent of our
thumb, an unnecessary procedure. Even very young puppies can feel the pain! Injuries to the dew claw are NOT common, just don't forget to keep that nail clipped. In all
European countries dew claws are never removed (and ears and tails also stay the way nature intended). Conformation
class judges should not give any consideration to dew claws. I hope, showing the Rhodesian Ridgeback in it's
natural state will soon be standard practice.