Will my Ridgeback be protective?

Not unless he needs to be.

Some owners, oftentimes, male ones, grow concerned when their Ridgeback does not show any “protective” behavior. This is because the Ridgeback, who is an excellent judge of character and discriminating guardian, does not overreact to or innately mistrust strangers.

Chances are if your Ridgeback has never showed distrust or animosity toward those outside his circles, it is because he has not had need to.

  • Under no circumstances should the guarding or protective instincts in a Ridgeback be enhanced with training or provocation. Instead, accept that they will only surface if there is genuine need for them, which hopefully is never.