Does anyone have any experience of Ridgebacks as a Deer dog. Good, bad, indifferent?
i have a two young bitch im trying. so far she is doing ok, cant fault her when stalking, but still needs a bit more work on following trails, she is quite timmed so its taking time! i've heard of a few other people using them. good guard dogs too!!!
i took this from another site as this is what the person
wrote about his first ever ridgeback
Since that fateful day, I did some research on the Net about this breed, and was appalled by the level of misinformation and dangerously misleading statements I found there.
I'd like to comment on some of the most widely disseminated.
"The Ridgeback is an undemanding dog to feed, with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite."
"No special dietary requirements" means that he's not picky. If it can be chewed, then it's food. Beware. And I mean, Beware. You've been warned.
"They generally have a good appetite" is just a nicer way to say that if you can afford to butcher one large cow every week in order to satisfy a 3 months old puppy's voracity, then you're on the right path.
"They have been said to be a difficult breed to train, however with plenty of time and effort put into the training then the rewards will be seen. They have to know from an early age who the leader of the pack is, because they can be quite determined and stubborn. Not the ideal breed for the novice owner."
Yes. And water wets, and rocks are hard to chew, and a circle is not square. I particularly like the bit about the leader of the pack and the novice owner, because I can picture the new-happy-puppy-owner first-time doggie-lover spending a sleepless night, wondering what he did wrong and why the carpet is so hard and whadda**** the blessed dog is doing up there in the bed.
"The Rhodesian Ridgeback is very affectionate and likes to lean on you, lie on your feet or sit on your lap if permitted."
Likes to lean on you and on your feet, yes. But they could tell the whole story and specify that he particularly likes to do it while you are walking, preferably during a dark moonless night. As for sitting on your lap, if he's not permitted he loves to do it all the more.
"Most Ridgebacks are independent and stubborn, and if you give them an order when they would prefer to be doing something else you will probably not get instant results."
Let's break this statement in two parts. "Most Ridgebacks are independent and stubborn". We may as well state that most Cape Buffaloes have a bad temper.
"If you give them an order when they would prefer to be doing something else you will probably not get instant results." This is a bit like saying "If you hit a tree while driving at 100Mph you will probably experience some bruises and/or multiple compound bone fractures." The fact of the matter is that when you give a Ridgeback an order he does not like, he looks at you like if you had seriously insulted his junior sister, answers back with an offended moan, and very deliberately starts doing something completely different.
"Servility plays no part in the temperament of this breed but if you want the rewarding companionship of a dog that has spirit and considers himself your equal rather than your slave you need look no further."
Actually, only a weak-willed and degenerate Ridgeback considers yourself his equal. A good Ridgeback knows better.
"Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a dog apart, and it's hardly any wonder that one of the foremost Rhodesian Ridgeback judges is known to have said: Once you own a Ridgeback, you'll never be satisfied with anything less."
Well... I have to admit. I've had dogs for the better part of fifty years, mongrels, Pointers, Labradors, German Shepherds, Dobermans, and some. But I don't think I'll get anything else than another Rhodesian Ridgeback whether Spot is alive and well, or he's gone to the Great Beyond. They are dogs apart, and they do have an incredible personality... As said earlier, beware! If you get one, it's a whole new story!
i can relate to some of what this fella is talking about
especialy when they set their mind to it
but get the right dog and you will remember it for ever
one hell of a breed
Thanks for the post, some of that made me laugh out loud. My Fiance had a dog Ridgeback which popped his paws several years ago. This coming June we will be in the position to get a new dog. She obviously wants to go down the Ridgeback route again, so ownership isn't really going to be anything too new to her, and I have grown up with dogs since I was young.
I am just curious as to whether it would be possible to try and train it as a deer dog considering it was originally breed as a tracking dog.