We have been showing our Ridgebacks since 2007 when acquiring our beautiful Zola from Sandra Drogmiller of Kissi African Lion Hounds. Having known Sandra for several years prior, while attending rally and obedience with our companion RR, it seemed like a natural choice. She was an integral part of my journey in understanding structure, conformation training, health & breeding knowledge that I continue to build upon.  Although we have no plans to breed Zola, we are forever grateful for all the love she has brought into our home. she has brought into our life and home. Her contributions will forever remain invaluable as my 1st show girl.  

My Foundation Bitch, Stella, CH Dimond’s you had me at Merlot of SV (link to pedigree and parents)  blessed us with 2 healthy litters and I am forever grateful for the years of continued mentorship, knowledge and friendship I had with Sandra Gordon-Lentsch of Dimond RR’s who has blessed us with our “Dimond”.

Sandra Gordon-Lentsch, and Dimond Rhodesian Ridgebacks was long time breeder of multiple champion Ridgebacks in conformation and performance events and has been honored as 2 time breeder of the year with our national RRCUS club in 2002 and 2008. Her lines are well established for sound temperament, health, structure, movement and excellent bone. We are forever thankful and tremendously honored to have begun our breeding program under her guidance and hope to continue to uphold the quality and high standards she has passed along in her beautiful lines. She is forever missed. Her husband Jeff Lentsch continues to show and breed our Dimond dogs in New Jersey as well as Jackie Reagan in Illinois.

It is our goal to have long standing relationships with each of our puppy owners and provide continued support through the entirety of the lives of our dog’s progeny. Not only do we plan on breeding selectively, we also plan on placing our puppies in well suited homes based on temperament, family life style and prior dog experience of the families interested.

Our breeding plans will be based on Conformation, Health and Temperament. Any dogs considered in the future for breeding, will be tested for Hips, Elbows, Thyroid, Eye’s, Cardiac, DM, EOAD and we are currently participating in new studies to research any issues in the breed to improve all our dogs health and longevity.

 We will not breed often, being a serious but small kennel; however, if you are looking for referrals to other ethical breeders who uphold the highest standards in accordance with the RRCUS code of ethics and are looking for a puppy before we are able to commit to one for you and your family, we will be happy to refer you to others who may have litters planned that suit your time frame.

Please feel free to contact me at any time via email at Melissa@zolaridgebacks.com  to discuss the breed, our dogs or to set up a time to meet the family to explore the consideration every owner should make before deciding to bring any dog, most importantly a Rhodesian Ridgeback home as a member of your family. They are indeed not the breed for everyone; but if they are for you and your family, you will find they capture your heart and soul in the most remarkable way!