Buddy is a curious boy, in both senses of the word. He’s inquisitive, but also some of his behavior is a bit unusual for a Ridgeback.
Buddy, a ridgeless mix, is more of a working dog than most RRs. He really needs his human to help keep his mind stimulated. This is an intelligent dog that wants activity and would do well in agility, lure coursing, barn hunt, nose work….something. He is happiest when he has a job to do.
Unlike a typical Ridgeback, Buddy is not the pet that lounges around while inside. He continues to be active (chewing, chasing, tugging) and especially loves playing with his humans. He has a hard time taking “No” or “All done” for an answer to his endless requests to play.
When his humans are not at home, Buddy does best living outside in a secure kennel. In cold weather and in the evenings, he can be an inside dog, but he will still need diversions and engagement.
Buddy has shown some fear of other dogs, though he’s warmed up to one of his foster siblings, an old, wise Chinese crested. His ideal home may be as an only dog, or with a very patient, savvy, dog sibling (and owner).
A little shy at first with new humans, he needs about twenty minutes until he is ready to sit in your lap (all 80 pounds of him), or join you for a ride in the car.
Buddy is ready to find his forever home with an energetic owner who will challenge him to learn new things and work for his supper, and give him opportunities to run and explore his surroundings.