You don’t see a lot of BIS winning Rhodesian Ridgebacks. I’ve often wondered why. A Rhodesian has the same kind of impressive presence you find in a Rottweiler or a Doberman, a kind of “Think about it before you come into my territory” look. They also have the reputation legends are made of. “You say you went hunting today? Took down a couple of foxes. Nice. Me? We bagged us some lion butt.” How do you top that? Can’t beat a Rhodesian for doggy machismo. Well, the weekend’s not even over and we already have two BIS won by Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
The first came on Friday at the Greater Monroe Kennel Club show in Concord NC, when CH Adili's American Idol caught the eye of Judge Jim C. Briley. “Spirit“ was bred by Tammy Lynch, Karen LaFleur, & N Vaccarino. He is co owned by Tammy, Karen, and Kiki Courtelis of Micanopy FL and handled by Frank J Murphy. The second came Saturday at the Chesapeake Kennel Club Of Maryland show in West Friendship MD. Judge Whitney J. Coombs handed the top prize to CH Of Afrikka Spring Valley Dorian Gray JC, a dog with more family names than a crown prince in an eastern European country. This impressive looking fellow was bred by Dr Christina Wistrom, is owned by the good doctor and Sonnet McKinnon of Greenwich CT. and handled by Jack Secrest. And if all that is not impressive enough, he beat the country‘s number five dog to do it. The Sealyham Terrier, CH Efbe s Hidalgo At Goodspice, finished the day with a Group win and just 149 points.
Rhodesian Ridgeback breeders have been much maligned of late because of the BBC’s salacious documentary, Pedigreed Dogs Exposed, which claimed that the culling of ridgeless puppies was a routine practice, a claim backed by nothing more than unsubstantiated stories. Let’s hope that the animal rights terrorists don’t deprive us of this magnificent animal.