Ridgebacks & Friends

Dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Ridgeback mixes in California. Potential adopters must meet the dog(s) prior to adoption.

The purpose of Ridgeback & Friends is to save Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Ridgeback mixes in California and place them in suitable homes. While the focus remains on saving dogs from California's high-intake shelters, some of the dogs come into rescue as owner surrenders or homeless strays. All dogs are carefully screened for good behavior and receive proper veterinary care, including spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations, before being matched with appropriate adopters. The group provides sanctuary to a limited number of sick and/or under socialized dogs.  

We are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. 



To inquire about adopting one of our dogs, please fill out this form.


BENTLEY is almost 3 years old. Young. Healthy. Handsome. Heart of gold. And trained by The Zen Dog in downtown Los Angeles. He is a stunningly gorgeous mix (Catahoula hound? pit?), with a gleaming multicolored brindle coat and piercing yellow eyes. Bentley is a great adventure partner - he’s fast, agile, and would thrive on the interaction, stimulation, and exercise of lure coursing or agility.  Bentley is phenomenal with other dogs and has yet to meet a dog he doesn't want to play with. He is easily shares food and toys. He is great on off leash hikes, going camping or at the beach.  Bentley's still working on his leash reactivity and meeting new people when they come to the house. But given what a hard worker he is, we don't expect this to be a forever issue.  In a perfect world Bentley would go to a quiet home with lots of land and several dogs who will run and play with him. Come meet beautiful, playful Bentley.

CHLOE is a sweet, smart, 2-3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix (maybe with bone mouth sharpei) girl who LOVES puppies, probably because she had a litter shortly before she was picked up as a stray! She came into Ridgebacks & Friends with a foot injury, that is now fully healed, late in 2016.  Chloe is great with other dogs and people as long as she is introduced properly; otherwise, she may bark and become defensive, and if given the option of escape, she may run. She is good with kids, but is still reactive to sudden movements and being cornered, so we do not recommend she live with toddlers or infants. Her preferred spot is curled up near (or on!) her people.  We feel Chloe would do best in a home where she is not left alone for long hours. She would do very well with another dog as a companion, likely a larger dog.  Chloe walks well on a leash and needs to continue being socialized, using lots of rewards, to strange people and dogs in the public. She desires to please and has the potential to make a great companion, therapy, or obedience dog. She is  about 60 pounds, has been spayed and is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Chloe is currently located in San Diego CA.

Our RidgeFriend DAVEY is an absolute SWEETHEART. He’s a happy 1 Y.O. pitty mix with a very loving nature. Wherever he goes, strangers are drawn to him and he loves to meet new people and other dogs. He looks a bit like a cartoon in person, because he has a big dog head and a little body. Davey has not chewed anything in the house. He’s crate trained and housetrained for the most part. If he has a rare accident, it’s always on a pee-pee pad. Davey doesn’t whine and responds well to “no”. He’s still learning commands like “sit” but is eager to learn and he just wants to please his human. He would benefit from a basic obedience class, especially if he will live with small kids. He would also do well living with other dogs that are his size or larger. He likes small dogs, but doesn’t realize his strength and wants to play a little rough. Davey loves belly rubs and cuddles and would do well in a home with one or many people. He’s happiest if he’s allowed to cuddle on the couch and bed with his human(s). He was recently neutered and weighs 40-45 lbs. Anyone would be incredibly lucky to add this sweet angel to their family. Davey is currently in the Riverside CA area.  Testimony from the Zen Dog: I just had him out meeting a couple of dogs in the yard and he did great. He's got so much enthusiasm, and he's a lively character. He did particularly well with another really social white pit mix named Toby. 

Bronson. 5 years old. Ridgeback/Boxer mix. More details coming soon.


BOSCO is an 8 year old RIDGED ridgeback / boxer / beagle mix. He was surrendered to us when his owner went into assisted living. On the smaller side, he is around 45 pounds and beyond cute. He is a true RR mini! He is extremely mellow, sweet, loves people and wants to please. Bosco loves humans and being outdoors, especially laying on the grass! He is well trained but could use a little work on the leash. He is currently being fostered with a cat and has not had any issues. We think Bosco would do well in an any environment where he is well loved.