LAMINGTON HOUSE Ridgeback is large-boned and substantive in
size, and usually red wheaton with black masks or highlights.
The breeding program is small and very selective; puppies
are bred for structural soundness and good temperament. All
puppies, and the occasional older dog, are sold under written
contract with lifetime guarantees against hip dysplasia (unless
trauma caused); replacement puppies are offered.
The LAMINGTON HOUSE breeding program goes back to BIS/BISS
Ch. Rutan Mpenzi Rafiki of Gera, ROM, and Ch. Riveroads Noko
Rittah, ROM. "ROM" means Register of Merit - it is a designation
of the American Kennel Club that acknowledges that a particular
animal has produced a certain number of champion offspring.
The requirements for an ROM are established by a breed's national
or parent club, in this case the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club
of the United States.
Both Rafiki and Rittah were the (then) all-time top champion-producing
dog and bitch in the history of the Ridgeback (early1980s).
Rafiki won the National Specialty in both 1976 and 1977, was
in the Top Ten for 1976-1980, has won Best-In-Show, and has
sired multiple-Best-In-Show and National Specialty winners;
further, he received special recognition from David Helgesen
in the 241-page The Definitive Rhodesian Ridgeback,
as contributing the most to the development of the breed.
Both of these historymaking Ridgebacks were truly exceptional
in their records and accomplishments, as well as in their
appearances. Other exceptional individuals in the 6-generation
pedigree are from the kennels of: Lamarde Perro, Kimbida,
Mohrridge/Kimani, Walgroh, Batoka, Rollings. On the African
side, LAMINGTON HOUSE goes back to some of the noted kennels
of: Glenaholm, Rockridge, Cherlyn, Mushana, Mpani, to name
a few. It is this quality and consistency in Ridgebacks that
LAMINGTON HOUSE wants to perpetuate in its breeding program.
LAMINGTON HOUSE puppies are usually not sold before they reach
the age of 10 weeks. This affords them an adequate amount
of time to socialize with their litter mates and learn proper
canine behavior. During this period behavior is observed which
will assist in placing them in the 'right' homes given any
special considerations, such as very young children or aged
All LAMINGTON HOUSE-bred animals are sold under written contract
which stipulates the new owner's obligations and responsibilities,
as well as LAMINGTON HOUSE's guarantees.