Welcome to Pine Acres Rhodesian Ridgebacks!
I got to love Rhodesian Ridgebacks:
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 meeting strangers, I fell in love with her. She was so
beautiful and elegant! At that time it was a very rare breed, she was
imported from Africa, and I decided I wanted one, eventually. It took about 20 years to realize my dream, but
then I found my first one, Malika. I was lucky to meet and make friends
with her parents, Rafiki (CH Vine Ridge Red Rafiki) and Daisy (Calico Ridge African Daisy), both owned by
Billee Casey in Santa Rosa. They were both very 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 together with both parents, a rarity. Rafiki was really nice with his puppies, and
that says a lot about his wonderful character.
I had Malika picked out for me,
since I wanted a puppy with show and breeding potential. She was so quiet on our long drive home back to
Oregon! Such a good puppy, so smart, very easy going, and she learned all her
good manners from my older dog, my sweet and well behaved Shepherd Delilah. At the time we lived in
south central Oregon, on 3 pine covered acres, hence the name. A perfect place to raise dogs and horses, to take
long walks, or ride on the trails, and Malika and Delilah loved 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 companons, and they are very good at it!
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 of Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Grandma Malika is now 11 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 we have her daughter Kima, she's now 7. She
had two healthy litters with a total of 25 puppies! From the first litter in 2011 we kept Asali, a real beauty, lively, smart,
athletic 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 along!
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.