Posted by: Rene | 2009/09/14


We' ve been burgled twice since our old dog died 6 mths ago. My husband likes Ridgebacks + knows a breeder who should have puppies in about 3 mths. We have 3 children aged 8,5 + 18mths. Would a Ridgeback make a good family guard dog? How are they with children?

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Posted by: Kate | 2009/09/15

My friend has 2 Ridgebacks - inside dogs and they are wonderful, very protective but also laid back.
The trick is that they have to be part of the family and need mental and physical stimulation.

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Posted by: Carol | 2009/09/15

They are fantastic dogs , and are good with children .. but as Chill says must be trained .

I would also make sure they are inside dogs , all watchdogs become better watchdogs when raised inside .

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Posted by: Chill | 2009/09/14

If a ridgeback is selected from a reputable breeder, comes from temperamentally sound stock, and is raised with children, you shouldn' t have a problem.

Be warned though - they' re wonderful dogs, but stubborn as all hell, so they should ideally have experienced and firm owners who are willing to put some effort into their training.

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