About Lamington House

The 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 grandparents.

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.


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