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01.02.2012 - History of Rhodesian ridgebacks in Latvia

 

Rhodesian ridgebacks in Latvia

 

The History of Rhodesian ridgebacks in Latvia is quite recent.

  

The first ridgeback in Latvia was Arriba-Riba-Riba „Riva” (Bryaba Top Gun x Windriver Bryaba Sassy Lassy), owner I. Cerbule. Riva was imported in 1994 from USA – she was born on 25 February 1990, holder of several AKC titles and successfully participated in shows in Latvia. Riva had one litter in USA, but had no litters in Latvia.


AKC CH Bryaba Arriba-Riba-Riba, CD, JC, CGC, own. I.Cerbule

The second ridgeback was imported to Latvia in 1999 – Ceis Exotic from Russia, owner I.Kantmane.

  

The third Rhodesian ridgeback was imported from Russia in 2002 – our mum Sindi (Ezop x Izolda), owner M.Grinvalde.

LV, LT, EST, BALT, RUS CH Sindi, own. M.Grinvalde

 

 

Other Rhodesian ridgebacks imported to Latvia till 2006:

Females
* Amira Kalahari Azhani (imported from Russia, 2004)
* Akira II (imported from USA, 2004)
* KimyaKezy Safari Kadamba(imported from Poland, 2005)
* MaloziHabiba (imported from Finland, 2005)

Males
* Broker Guernica (imported from Poland, 2004 )

* PodarokizAfriki Allan Break (imported from Russia, 2005)
* VangariAversuma (imported from Russia, 2005)

 

Some evidence can be found about other ridgebacks imported to Latvia in this time period; however only limited amount of information is available about them.To a large extent it is because several of them did not participate in shows and/or did not register in any of clubs.

From 2006 till 2011 several ridgebacks were imported from Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden and other countries.

 

 

RR litters in Latvia


So far 13 RR litters have been in Latvia.

 

In December 2004 the first Rhodesian ridgeback litter whelped in Latvia: Pleasant View Bestik x Sindi. In litter eight puppies were born, of which in Latvia stayed five females and one male. Also the second and third litters born in Latvia were from Sindi: in February 2006 with sire Ye Japha Ben Shemen of Vizara x Sindi (in litter five puppies were born, of which in Latvia stayed one female) and in August 2007 with sire Shangani Umvutcha Lonzo (in litter seven puppies were born).The fourth litter in Latvia was between A Ray of Light Nyathi x MaloziHabiba. 12 puppies were born, of which in Latvia stayed 6 females and 3 males.

 

Summary of RR litters in Latvia, 2004-2011

   

 

 

Date of birth

 

Parents

Number of puppies

 

18.12.2004

 

Pleasant View Bestik x Sindi

 

8 puppies

 

02.02.2006

 

Ye Japha Ben Shemen of Vizara x Sindi

 

5 puppies

 

08.08.2007

 

Shangani Umvutcha Lonzo x Sindi

 

7 puppies

 

14.01.2008

 

A Ray of Light Nyathi x Malozi Habiba

 

12 puppies

 

21.01.2008

 

Podarok iz Afriki Allan Break x Naomi Sinbest

 

7 puppies

 

26.02.2008

 

Karoskloof Kordaat Kaptein x Naitingeila Moka Farastero Sinbest

 

3 puppies

 

11.03.2009


Podarok iz Afriki Allan Break x Naomi Sinbest

 

11 puppies

 

07.04.2009

 

Aresvuma Vangari x Amarula Malawi Sinbest

 

10 puppies

 

27.06.2009

 

Masithela’s Irresistible Chango x Malozi Habiba

 

9 puppies

 

11.05.2010

 

Myollnir Kyala x Naitingeila Moka Farstero Sinbest

 

7 puppies

 

03.10.2010


Aresvuma Jumba Jafari x Naomi Sinbest

 

10 puppies

 

04.06.2011

Shangani Umvutcha Lonzo x Nataljetta Queen of Sheba Godsent

 

10 puppies

 

10.07.2011

 

Myollnir Kyala x Naitingeila Moka Farastero Sinbest

 

7 puppies

 


 

Aresvuma Jumba Jafari x Aresvuma Paa Palika

 

14 puppies

 

 

24.12.2011

 

 

   

 

RR people

 

Important contribution towards development of breed in Latvia has been given by Marina Grinvalde, who raises first two ridgeback litters. Puppies from these two litters are multiple winners and are well known also beyond borders of Latvia. Important input towards recognition of the breed has been given by Krist─źneLiberta, thanks to whom general public has been introduced to this breed through various publications in local media. MaloziHabiba, owned by Krist─źneLiberta, has left her footprint in RR world history – she was Best in Show, Junior World Winner 2006 (World Dog Show 2006, Poznan).

 

  

  

 

Breeding of RR in Latvia

 

In order to receive permission for breeding, a ridgeback shall receive at least two evaluations „excellent”, one of those may be received in junior class and at least one assessment shall be received in a Specialised show of Dalmatians and Hound Breeds club.

  

Every ridgeback entering breeding shall have elbows and hips x-rayed and eyes examined. Only dogs with following results can be used in breeding:

hips – A, B, C; elbows – 0, 1; eyes – clear.

 

Currently there are no specific temperament tests for Rhodesian ridgebacks.

  

Any show participant should follow the LCF Code of Ethics, adopted in September 2006.


 

Activities within the breed

 

Owners of Rhodesian ridgebacks can engage in different activities. The most popular are agility and obedience disciplines, while lure coursing, search and rescue, and field tracking trainings are available.  In the lure coursing, Rhodesian ridgebacks are the only ones from FCI VI group, which can receive coursing licenses and further participate in shows also within a working class. Lately coursing is becoming increasingly popular.

In Latvia Rhodesian ridgebacks can be used in hunting, however this activity has not became popular among owners or RRs. If compared to other breeds, very few ridgebacks participate in hunting.

  

For now, the most active ridgebackin Latvia is Aresvuma Jeron Jango „Rodger” (date of birth 28.07.2007, imported from Russia), owner N.Loginova. Rodger has successfully participated in many agility and obedience competitions.

Aresvuma Jeron Jango, own. N.Loginova

 

Shows

 

Rhodesian ridgebacks in Latvia can participate in international CACIB shows and national CAC shows. As there is no specialised Rhodesian ridgebacks club, specialised shows are held within FCI VI group shows. Specialised FCI VI group shows are held three times per year.

 

Most titled ridgebacks in Latvia:

 

Malozi Habiba (Chipangali's Kadani x Malozi Elimika, d.o.b. 13.06.2005 )

Owner K.Liberta, Breeder T.Miettinen

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION, MULTI CHAMPION

Champion of Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic's, Slovenia, Belarus, Georgia and Azerbaijan Candidate for Championship of Croatia, Spain & Poland Junior Champion of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic's & Belarus

Qualified for CRUFTS 2007/2008, Club Winner 2007, Caucasian Winner 2008

BIS-1, BIS-4, BIS-5 junior, BIS-2 puppy 4x BIG-1, BIG-2, 2x BIG-3, 2x BIG-4, BIG-5 11x BOB, 6x BOS, 5x BOB puppy 4x CACIB, 19x CAC , 8x JCAC, 36x EXC-1 BEST IN SHOW Junior - World Winner Show 2006 Junior World Winner 2006

Our Sister Moka Farstero Sinbest (Pleasantview Bestik x Sindi, d.o.b. 18.12.2004)

Owner I.Kušnere, Breeder M.Grinvalde

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION , MULTI CHAMPION

Champion of Latvia and Lithuania

LVW-09, BALTW'07, LVW'07, LTW'07, LVW'06, BALTW-06, EURJW'-06, 15xCACIB, 2xR.CACIB, BIS-2x2, 2xBIS4, 10xBIG-1, 3xBIG-2, BIG-3, BIG-4, 2xBIG-5, 20xBOB, 4xBOO, Top Dog 2006 (Ventspils Regional Dog Club ratings) 2x CRUFT’s qualification

  

Copyright:

 

text - Ilze Burkevica

pictures - respective dog owners