Welcome to Pine Acres Rhodesian Ridgebacks!

 

How 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 breed 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 behavior from my older dog, my well trained Shepherd Delilah. 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 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! 

            Malika.Kima.Asali.Sigrid      

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 10 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 6. 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!

                                                                                                                                              Malika.Kima.Asali 

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!

Kima.Malika.Asali.4.14     Rhodesians     Rhodesians 

 

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 dog.

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 full potential.

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.

 

Pine Acres Rhodesian Ridgebacks