Rhodesian Ridgebacks are versatile dogs that, with appropriate socialization and exercise, adapt well to urban living. Ridgebacks can be remarkable family members that are ever diligent in keeping a watchful eye on their family. Aloof with strangers, Ridgebacks are not as social as many breeds but should never be intolerant of welcomed strangers. Ridgebacks are highly intelligent and sometimes are described as stubborn and willful. They are a dog that requires a family and should always be a part of their family's day-to-day activities.
As responsible breeders, our mission is to breed quality, healthy purebred dogs that are exceptional representatives of their breed. Our kennel name is Ruya - a Swahili word that means a dream or vision.
Having owned Ridgebacks since 1986, we bred our first Ridgeback litter in 1993 out of CH Globe Blue Toi Mercedes Ruya JC SC ASFA FCH "Mercy." Our true education began with her litter of 13. We are grateful to Nelda and Virginia Vaughn, Globe Rhodesian Ridgebacks, for our wonderful foundation bitch, Mercy, and for their mentorship and friendship.
Ridgebacks are an integral part of our lives and we can't imagine life without them. As members of the national breed club, we strive to adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States, Inc. It is the American Kennel Club, Inc. (AKC) recognized parent club for the breed in the United States. Although we do enjoy exhibiting in other venues (such as International shows and rare breed events), the AKC is the "gold standard" of registries and exhibition events in the United States and is our primary focus in handling and exhibiting dogs.
As Ridgeback owners, we have been involved in the rescue of displaced Ridgebacks since 1989 and are volunteers for Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc., the official rescue organization of the national breed club. We are also charter members of the Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona, Inc.
"CHEVY" Int'l BIS Int'l/Am CH Ruya's Chevelle Super Sport CGC
"CONGO" Int'l/Am CH Ruya's Legend of the Congo King
"AALIYAH" Int'l/Am CH Ruya Legend of Mazel Tov
"BONNIE" CH Ruya Dynasty's Legend Bonita ROM
"BRISA" Ruya Dynasty's Miata Rio Brisa
"LIBBY" Int'l/Am CH Pumamere Ruya Its All About Me CGC
"LILLY" CH Ruya Mwezi Lilliana Grace Aida CGC
"TEVA" Int'l CH Sandhill Ruya Nefer Festiva
"VICKI" Int'l/Am CH Legend's Sedona Solara
"ZARAH" Ruya Legend's Rincon Mystique
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RUYA's Rhodesian Ridgebacks - some of our titled RRs:
CH Globe Blue Toi Mercedes Ruya SC ASFA FCH
PHOTO CREDIT: Int'l BIS Int'l/AM CH Ruya's Chevelle Super Sport (photo taken at age 6-months), photo used with the permission of the photographer, Mary Santos, Photography by Santos, Glendale, Arizona.