(techno sound) – [Announcer] Dogumentary
TV, producing the best breed documentaries on YouTube. (dog barks) – Hi, my name’s Tayler and this is Millie, she’s my Rhodesian Ridgeback. Ridgebacks are an extremely
loyal and loving active breed and I’m going to tell
you all about my life living with a Rhodesian Ridgeback. (bright music) She’s about two and a
half, this is actually my first Rhodesian
Ridgeback, I grew up with whippets and greyhounds so
I’m used to the sight hound. She is obviously my
pet but I do, you know, confirmation with her, I do lure coursing, I do a lot of different events and things like that with her. So she’s a working dog but, you know, she’s also my, my fur kid. (laughs) The breed originated in South Africa in what was then Rhodesia. Originally they came
from an indigenous breed that was then mixed in with other breeds such as mastiffs, greyhounds, Great Danes. So back in the 1800s the Hottentots actually used them to hunt
big game, such as lions. A lot of people think that they would take down the lions, which is not true, they would use them in large packs to keep the lions at bay until
the hunter got there. The most distinct part about the Ridgeback is the ridge, obviously. (laughs) If you look at any
Ridgeback, you’ll notice that distinct marking and it’s hair that grows in the opposite direction. And at the very top they
should have two crowns, which are those little
swirls that you see. And that’s what the
standard has for the ridge. Now you can also have
a Ridgeback that’s born without a ridge or with multiple crowns and they’re not show-able but, you know, there’s different variations of it. And the history of that is when they would send the dogs out in packs to hunt, the ones that would return
were the ridged dogs. So they would breed
those and that’s kind of become the signature
trademark of the breed. Ridgebacks are great
pets, they’re, you know, really good if you have a
family, they’re great with kids, they’re really good with other
dogs and they’re super loyal, they’re really, really
sensitive and cuddly. If you want a dog that’s going to curl up on the couch with you like this, they’re a great breed for you. They’re also very stubborn, so they’re definitely not for the novice dog owner. You definitely have to be, you know, a strong personality
because they’re so smart and they have such strong
personalities themselves that they’ll definitely outsmart you. (laughs) But that’s something that
I love about the breed, they’re incredibly easy to teach. They’re really sensitive, they love attention,
they love to be with you. They’re definitely an inside breed. They love to get outside
and have, you know, their hour or two hours
of exercise every day, but for the most part
they’re total couch potatoes and they just love to
be with their people. Yeah, so a typical day for me, I wake up probably around
seven and I feed her. And she usually will sleep
on the couch or in the bed, she likes to sleep under the covers. So, especially during the winter time, I like to bundle her up while I’m getting ready for work,
she’s very spoiled. (laughs) But I take her to work with me and I work in a dog friendly office, so it’s really nice,
she can just hang out. And she will sleep most of
the day, there’s other dogs in the office that she likes to play with. After work I usually take
her to Fiesta Island, which is a dog park in San Diego and I let her run off leash. She loves playing with other dogs so I make sure to either
do that or to bike her. Because I like to lure course her, I try to bike her at
least three times a week just to keep her endurance up. And it’s a really great easy way to exercise her and to get exercise myself. So that’s what a typical
day with her looks like. Initially I was attracted to Ridgebacks, as I mentioned I came from sight hounds and I grew up doing dog
shows with my whippets and I always loved the sight
hound group, the hound group. And obviously they’re very striking, they’re beautiful, they have, you know, a really a strength about them and I think that really drew me to them. The first Ridgeback that
I met, he was so sweet, he came up to me and
put his head in my lap and he just wanted to be pet. And I think I loved how
affectionate they were and it’s great to have
a dog that, you know, you have such a special bond with, they definitely bond with that one person. And, you know, I wanted a big dog that I could take hiking and that I could do a lot of outdoor activities with and this was just the
perfect breed for me. Genetically the breed is
built for, you know, hunting, they’re built for performance. Me, personally, I make sure to
feed her a high protein diet, I make sure to exercise
her at least an hour a day. Off leash is the best because they can really, you know, go full speed and she likes to play with other dogs. So I lure course her and show her, so I have to keep her
in really good shape. I have to feed her a healthy diet and I have to make sure that, you know, she gets the proper amount of exercise and that keeps them
mentally happy as well. Lure coursing is a great activity because it really
activates their prey drive. They’re bred to hunt,
so that, that activity of what they feel is chasing a rabbit is really, really exciting for them. The first time I did lure
coursing with her I saw a whole different side of her,
she was completely insane. And it’s really cool to see them do what they’re bred
to do, and sight hounds enjoy lure coursing because they all have that same mentality of chasing prey. And it’s really important
to allow them to do what they were bred to do because it, it engages all those parts of their brain that keep them happy
and healthy and excited. So if you’re looking for a Ridgeback, the best type of person would
probably be someone active. You definitely have to be strong, they’re powerful dogs, so if
you’re, you know, elderly, they might not be the best dog for you, they could easily pull you over. They’re really great for families, definitely someone who
is, you know, outdoorsy, someone who’s willing to put
in the time to train the dog and to spend time with
them and socialize them. They’re definitely a good apartment dog, as long as you have the time to take them out and exercise them every day. They don’t need a lot of space normally, they spend most of the
day on the couch sleeping. (laughs) In terms of living spaces,
they’re a pretty versatile breed. So I live in a pretty small
home with a small yard, but I take her out at least
once a day, for off leash play. If you have a house with
a large yard that’s great, they do need to go out
and exercise every day, but I think for the most part
they sleep most of the day. So if you have an apartment
and as long as you can exercise them, they can
pretty much live anywhere. They’re really easy as far as maintenance, so they don’t shed a
lot, they don’t drool, they’re not very messy dogs. So I feel like I can keep my house clean really easily and, lucky for me, she wasn’t much of a chewer as a puppy. So I, you know, obviously
puppy proofed the house when I got her but I can
pretty much, you know, live my life how I want to
and they’re really adaptable. Ridgebacks are definitely not a dog that you can leave outside
all day, not only is it, you know, not good for
them to not have, you know, human contact but I think, you know, if they were left outside,
they have the ability to jump really high fences
and escape, so it’s not safe. They’re also a bit of a rare
breed so you run the risk of someone breaking into
your yard and stealing them, so I never leave her outdoors unattended. They also don’t really
enjoy being left outside, they like to come in and
be with their people. So, you know, like any dog, they enjoy their outdoor time for exercise, but she’s always indoors with me. If I have to leave her at home for any period of time,
she’s just in the house. I think if you have a young
dog it’s really important to teach them to be in a crate as well, for their own safety
and just to, you know, prevent any sort of separation anxiety, to teach them to have their own space. So definitely not a dog that you would want to leave unattended outside. When I first got her, as probably many puppy owners would say, she was initially not allowed on the bed and that changed. (laughs) For probably the first year she slept in a crate at night and that really helped with, you know, potty training and when I would have to leave her
at home to run errands I knew that I would come home to a house that wasn’t destroyed. But I always allowed her on the furniture. Honestly, I purchased
furniture that I knew couldn’t be ruined by the dog because she loves to be up here with me. And, as far as rules, she’s, you know, I don’t promote begging, I
don’t feed her from the table. She’s not allowed in the
kitchen while I cook, she’s not allowed to jump up on the counter tops, things like that. So, with this breed, you just
have to be really consistent. If you want rules and boundaries you have to enforce
them a hundred percent, because they won’t understand if you let them do things half the time and then other times you don’t. And when you have your dog indoors with you all the time,
you can really create that special bond with them and make sure that they understand you
and what the rules are. Especially for a breed like this who has such a strong personality,
you want to create that bond with them so
that they respect you and they understand what you want. And it just creates an overall healthier relationship
with you and your dog, they’re happier and they’re healthier. (laughs) Millie, what are you doing? Whether you do raw or you feed kibble, it’s important to do a high quality food that doesn’t have a lot of additives or grains and things like that to just make sure that they
get what they really need and not too much of what they don’t. She’s pretty friendly for the most part, the breed’s a bit reserved with strangers. She will definitely alert
me if there is someone here. If there is someone
that comes into my yard without my permission,
I probably wouldn’t want to be that person, but
she can definitely tell the difference between someone
that’s invited and not. So I really try to enforce
with her not to jump on people. If it’s somebody that I’ve invited over I don’t want her barking too much, but I do like that she
will bark if someone knocks on the door or comes in the yard, because it makes me feel safe. When she was a puppy, when
people would come over I would definitely tell them,
if she tries to jump on you to just ignore her, to turn around, that’s the easiest way to teach them. Now she’s pretty well
behaved, I don’t really have any specific rules for
people that come over because she is a friendly dog. But I definitely tell people, you know, don’t let her eat off your plate, or don’t feed her anything from the table just because I want to
keep that respect level from, you know, when I’m eating, you don’t get to steal food from me. There’s not too many drawbacks
of having her in the house. They are super clean, they don’t drool, they don’t shed too much. I’ve noticed with her at
least that she doesn’t really like to be destructive at all, like I never really had an issue with her tearing anything up, even as a puppy. They are very respectful and clean, so I think, if you’re someone like me that likes to have a clean house and you like to have
your house looking nice, they’re a perfect breed to have. They’re really quiet, too, they don’t bark unless there’s, you know,
someone at the door, they’re not a dog that’s
going to sit there and bark at any noise that they hear. So they’re a really easygoing breed, sometimes you don’t even
notice they’re in the room. Typically they are a
breed that gets along well with other dogs and other people. We actually have a big group
of Ridgebacks in the area where we like to meet a few times a week at the dog beach and let them play. I think just with any dog,
as long as you socialize them with other dogs and other
people at a young age, that they will be really
good with other dogs. She loves to go to the dog beach and she loves to play with other dogs, I think that’s where she
gets the best exercise is playing and wrestling with other dogs. So, it’s, you know, great
to have two I think or more. (laughs) I feel like they’re a dog that you could have five and it still wouldn’t be enough. Yeah, I mean if you’re looking
for a Rhodesian Ridgeback I think if you’re someone
who likes to hike, you like to be outdoors,
definitely somebody who has the time to spend with the dog to train them, to be with them. I don’t think they’d be ideal for someone that works nine to five and someone who would leave the dog
alone for most of the day, they need a lot of human
contact and socialization. She actually comes to
work with me every day, so I’m lucky to be able
to have her in my office. Just like any breed, it’s really important that you socialize them
and spend time with them. So I think, you know, as
long as you have the time to spend with them and you’re, you know, interested in doing activities and engaging them mentally and physically, that they’d be a good breed for you.


  • love your accent as much as I love tonka my ridgeback here in hot climate australia.the best dog you can own but love to eat .lol

  • The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in the Southern Africa region. Its forebears can be traced to the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi, which were crossed with European dogs by the early colonists of the Cape Colony of southern Africa.

  • We had one called Chaka Zulu (cultural sensitivity? us?) when I was a kid growing up in what was then Tanganyika.  My dad tripped over him once when he (my dad) was rushing to the door to stop a thief pushing a hook through the letter box.  The sound woke my dad but not good old Chaka.  He also bit the postman quite badly (Chaka, not my dad).  I think that was probably because he wasn't getting enough exercise.

  • My friend had one of these nastiest cunt I've ever met hated me and most males that came into the house. But would let his family do anything to him

  • My pooch is almost identical to this…. and I mean identical… does that mean she’s a ridgeback or is it still possible for her to be another breed? She doesn’t have the permanent ridge down the back but it does appear from tail to head very quick when she’s alerted….

    She even lays and acts exactly like this pooch here…

  • My mom found a Ridgeback on the side of the road on Easter weekend and named her Bunny. She's a DWARF legged Ridgeback and is hilarious.

  • I have a question. Generally proponents of ear cropping and tail docking say that it's to save the dog from ear infections and breaking of the fragile tail (Doberman comes to mind). Then how come i don't see this done to Rhodesian Ridgebacks. They seem to be just fine. I smell some well cooked BS.

  • This shits dope I'm getting one soon, I traced back lineage in my family a long time ago and turns out I am related to Cecil Rhodes. So Rhodesia and anything about my family and Rhodesia ridgebacks are important to me

  • I propably am going to get a rodesian ridgeback, what an amazing breed, thank you for doing your documentaries, the most important thing is to choose a dog race that fits your lifestyle.

  • Great information! I love mine. Her name is Bailey and she is definitely a very loving dog, always demanding to be petted. Mine does tend to bark a lot and wines looking out of the windows. She is a mix and has almost all of the same traits. One thing she does that drives me absolutely crazy is eating poop. I’m the only one she obeys and this is a hard one to get her to stop. Also, she can be very destructive at times. Thank you!

  • I like this dog breed but I wouldn't say they are good with other dogs because I once was walking my Labrador when a couple with two ridgebacks walked pass and they had to hold their dogs back so they would not go after my dog

  • Owning a Ridgeback is like owning a Tasmanian Devil. They can be so cute and funny and then they go into their whirlwind where they have to burn energy like a nuclear reactor running an electric generator.

  • They are not east to train . Not good with other dogs. You have a rare one. Most trainers will acknowledge they are stubborn as hell and challenge for alpha.

  • A while back when I used to read electrical meters, id be happy when id get to the route with the family who had the Rhodesian Ridgeback as their pet. His name was Thor. By the second trip the dog would come out and stand up and give me a hug. The owners were amazed at how quickly the dog got used to me. Id always save their house for last so I could hang around their dog. Cant wait to get me one.

  • I have 2 feamale Rhodesian ridgeback they are sisters they like to argue and they tear alot of stuff up also thou and mine is really easy to train to be honest but we have 3 dogs we also have a 1 yr old male pitbull boxer mix brindle but they fight and they play

  • Actually Rhodesian Ridgeback means Rhodesian and NOT South Africa. So they are really the pride and joy of Rhodesians. Rhodesia is now called Zimbabwe but in its heyday it was the best country in Africa, also called "the bread basket of Africa" or the jewel of Africa. There was a very good reason for these titles because Rhodesia had the highest quality institutions and infrastructure. Unfortunately, although the country had great potential for even better progress, all this has changed and the country is now in ruins. How sad it is. Thank you Rhodesia for some of the best years of my life. I will always love you and I am so proud of Rhodesian Ridgebacks .

  • I love my RB mutt she was about to be sent away bc her previous owner did not want her so my mom took her and she was our first puppy since my last doggos she is such a great dog and I love her so much

  • Just recently got a Ridgeback from a breeder at 8 weeks old and he is 65 pounds already at 5 months old now. This video is very accurate. They bond with one person. He is basicly my shadow. Never had a bond like this with any other breed.

  • Where i live its a small area so i have 2 rodashadion ridgeback but they are very bad they always get in trash and they pee on beds

  • They are over protective and very territorial they will bite your friends even if they do not need bit haha

  • We have a brother and sister pair of 120 lb Ridgebacks mixed with a bit of Doberman and Boxer, they are not only geniuses, they are total powerhouses, extremely protective of their family (pack) and property almost to a fault, you couldn't ask for a more loving and loyal companion but as far as being a neighborhood friendly type dog, not so much, if you're not family, you are not welcome and we never taught them to be that way, it's just the way they are, they would die for my wife and I without a second thought about it so we have had to be careful and educate every guest we have had to not go into the house without one of us with them because it would be a very bad idea, if we let you in, you are good, go in by yourself though and you might not make it back out in one piece.

  • About a month ago I lost my ridgeback. She was the best dog I've ever had. Definitely not for beginner owners, but they're wonderful dogs.

  • Ours was super high energy and very protective. He had a terrifying stare that could intimidate anything. Miss him.

  • My ridge had a growl that started somewhere in his tail. You could feel it rather than hear it. I miss him a lot, the best dog I was ever owned by.

  • Funny thing is I got my puppy Pluto two years ago, and the the adoption agency told me he was foxhound.. 😂😂

  • Perfect description of a Ridgeback 🙂 Nala is 2 years now and it's a blast. We have her in the office and most of the time it's np at all, all co-workers love her. She's extremely cosy and the only negative is that I let her sleep in the bed (kingsize) and I'm single, but yeat she woke me up at night, standing ontop of me and want to get under the cover 😀 Took a long time to get her to used to being a lone for an hour or so(gladly I got a house) while training or such. SO if you live in an apartment, prepare the neighbours 🙂

  • I have a Ridgeback/Whippet mix I got from the shelter. She has been the best thing to ever happen to me! I basically have a mini ridgeback. She gets all of her looks from one besides her tiny waist

  • Nice video, but a small correction. Rhodesia was never South Africa, rather it was the country which now is called Zimbabwe. These are amazing dogs.

  • LOL. @ 8:39. Really? If a random stranger can steal your dog then you don't have a real Rhodesian, stop feeding him organic tofu. Any stranger that enters my back yard is immediately challenged by my Rhodesian. He's extra large and weighs 130 lbs, so good luck on wrangling his big, stubborn ass into a car that he doesn't want to get into. On that note they make pretty good watch dogs. If they were human they would be the big, quiet dude at that likes to mind his own business at the end of the bar. Silent but violent. My neigobor's shit bull was always jumping the fence and bowing up on us when went we for walks. That is until the day that the shit bull jumped the back fence and came after my son when he was pulling weeds. My Rhodesian tore into the shit bull, threw him around like a rag doll, and made him bleed. The pit got so scared that he shit himself and was probably thankful that he was able to jump back over the fence to get away.

  • How pathetic when an aging and still childless woman like this one mentions having a "fur kid." A dog is no substitute for a real child.

  • I work from home most days of the week, in the office 3 days. I'd like to get 2 ridgebacks. I'm really worried about spending enough with the dogs. I live alone, so does that sound feasible?

  • I had a Ridgeback. I miss him to this day. He could sleep through a thunderstorm, but he would be right next to me when the fridge door opened 🙂

  • Great breed we are on our second 1st a male and currently a female. Be prepared for a very strong willed dog. They like to be on furniture and we set rules against this which has been very difficult to enforce despite being consistent with rules. Ridge backs tend to do what they think is best for their comfort not yours even when you have given them a nice dog bed. They will wander off so definitely need to be attended to at all times outdoors. They get along well with other dogs not the least bit aggressive. They are happy with one good exercise session daily and normal bathroom breaks. One problem we've had is that if off leash they will eat poop of dogs, deer, horses any animal which has driven us crazy to the point that I use a muzzle when off leash as nothing is worse than a dog barfing up horse manure…..gross! Overall there is no other dog breed I would choose as they are beautiful protective powerful independent thinkers.

  • Don't know whom to believe… Other videos say the total opposite: they are not for apartments and are super hyper so they should be out in a farm and need tons of exercise few hours a day… So who is right?

  • Hey buddy, love the videos. I was wonder if you could do a "5 things to know" about the rhodesian and ridgeback?

  • You should make a video on the American Mastiff too! It's a newer breed, an English Mastiff mixed with an Anatolian Shepherd.

  • I got a question why would you be worried bout some one stealing your dog if ridgebacks are such good guard dogs ?

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