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APACHE RIDGE RANCH - OAKVILLE, WA 360.878.4272
ApacheRidge Ranch is situated on 42 acres in the beautiful, green state of Washington: well known for it's wonderful, rainy, climate and lots of apples. ApacheRidge is the home of healthy, hardy and happy hound dogs and we have a lifetime commitment to every single Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are extremely adaptable in most situations. To more fully understand the Ridgeback breed, one must look at their ancestry. Originally the Rhodesian Ridgeback was created by the hunters of South Africa. Some would say they were genetically assembled by mankind. Regardless, there have been many great dogs who have contributed, and many more who will continue to contribute, to the history and lineage of the great Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.
Although the breed was recognized by the AKC in November of 1955, it took a while for the first Ridgeback to earn an AKC Championship title. The youngest Ridgeback ever to finish his Championship was a Lamarde Perro Ridgeback, who did so at 6 months and 7 days of age! The first Ridgeback to finish his Championship in 3 times shown, making him the recipient of the Dog World Award of Distinction, was Ch. Taswira Gari of Pumamere. This Ridgeback boy was the youngest ever to receive a Best of Winners award for a full 5 points on his 6-month birthday!
It is so important for Rhodesian Ridgeback breeders to keep producing broadly based Ridgebacks which do not take a specific extreme trait direction only. This is why the word "moderate" appears so frequently in the Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Standard. Here is a link to a wonderful illustrated Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Standard: https://rrcus.org/pdf/Illustrated_Standard.pdf