The aim of Ridgeback Rescue is to find permanent, caring homes for Ridgebacks that have become unwanted for many reasons. Some are simply victims of circumstance; their owners have died, family has split up or gone abroad. These dogs are usually problem-free and settle easily with a new family. Others come from unsuitable homes where they may have developed bad habits They may be boisterous, destructive, dislike other dogs, or are not house trained.
If you agree to take on a rescue Ridgeback you may have some of these problems to deal with. It should also be noted that Ridgebacks are hounds and require plenty of exercise - an adult dog will need about one and a half hours each day with ample opportunity to run free so a small local park is not adequate. Being hunting dogs they also tend to chase anything that runs away from them and most things do, so exercise areas need choosing with care.
Each dog will usually have spent some time in kennels, being assessed before being re-homed. We try to find out as much information as possible about the background of each dog, but in some cases we may know nothing at all about it. However we make every effort to match the characteristics and needs of each dog, to the requirements and circumstances of potential owners. 1). We will NOT re-home a dog known to be vicious. 2). We do NOT rehome dogs where there are small children under 10 years of age. 3). We do NOT allow males to go where there is another male of any breed, as jealousy and rivalry can lead to fighting. 4). You will NOT be able to breed from your dog and you will NOT receive any pedigree or registration documents.
Taking on an adult Ridgeback can be more demanding than buying a puppy; however, experience shows the vast majority of adoptions are happy and successful. Few dogs are untrainable and will respond to firm, sensitive handling; kindness and affection; once you have gained their confidence and respect they will reward you with affection, loyalty and a great deal of enjoyment.
If after reading the above you decide you would like a Ridgeback please complete this questionnaire as this will assist us in finding a dog suitable for you.