Save Yourself! We have had and enjoyed multiple breeds over the years and never have we seen a dog as dumb and annoying as a Ridgeback. Let's get Honest and review the traits of a RR: Without a doubt the DUMBEST Dog we have ever been around A permanent look of confusion - this matches his behavior Will follow and stand beside of you staring for hours, whimpering & whining; yet backs away when we pet him only to return with his head rammed into us when we stop. Constant confusion of wanting what he doesn't have Nervous Nellie!!! Never chills and lays down, no matter where we are (watching TV, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, etc) he just stands looking at us for as long as we are there - it is unsettling after a while He is Skittish & Uncertain yet "Huffs" at the slightest hint of unidentified noise and goes Ape $hit when the door bell rings. Lazy - Have to force him to go outside Chronic Halitosis - Countless food changes and vet visits no help Chronic Flatulence - Again regardless of diet his daily farting empties the room. It is embarrassing and a problem when we entertain as he just grosses out guests. We have never smelled anything like this dogs farts - its like nothing we have ever experienced. We have him professionally groomed monthly along with brushing each week while sleeping inside (in our bedroom) and regardless he STINKS! Its the hound smell that can't be washed away! We heard all the stories about how great of jogging companions they are - HA!!! Not this one - He HATES it! We are committed to our pets but regret taking the chance with this breed. Really there is nothing endearing about this breed or dog unless they are not owned by you. There is a reason they are not prolific - its because of these traits. When we speak with other owners they will share the same stories but its only before and after they make excuses why they love RR. Therefore I write this as the TRUTH - Save yourself 10-12 years of buyers remorse and stay away from this breed.