About Us

Thank you for visiting our web site. Please let us tell you a little bit about our family and our dogs. We are located in North Phoenix, Arizona where our dogs have plenty of room to roam and play and we're blessed with nice weather much of the time. Our dogs are all "house dogs" (i.e. spoiled rotten)  and part of our family. We have been a member of RRCUS since 1999 and we adhere to the Code of Ethics therein.

 We are one of the first Ridgeback breeders in Arizona to receive the AKC Breeder of Merit Award.

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This journey of owning, showing, breeding and raising Ridgebacks began back in 1995.  Our son, Chris, at the age of 11, wanted to show dogs. He began researching dozens of breeds until he finally chose to own a Ridgeback. He had a hard time getting breeders to take him seriously at that age, but he did get on a waiting list and soon, we brought home our first Ridgeback, Cybil.  Little did we know how our lives would soon change. The more we learned about this breed, the more we loved them. Over the years our pack has fluctuated in number but we now have 6 Ridgebacks ranging from 2 to 12 years old.

Over the years, we have been blessed with some very big successes in the show ring, but by far, the biggest blessing is the friends and extended family we have made along the way. Our home is full of dogs, family, friends and visitors. That's in part why our dogs and puppies are so well socialized. There's always a stream of activity around here and we like nothing more than sharing our time with others who love Ridgebacks.

We take our obligation to the breed seriously, so when we decide to have a litter, we do the very best we can to make decisions based on what's good for the breed. Our dogs have fabulous pedigrees, coming from long lines of champions, Best in Show and Best in Specialty Show winners, and generations of health tested ancestors. Our dogs have OFA hip and elbow screenings, OFA cardiology tests, CERF eye exams, OFA thyroid testing, DM and EOD dna testing done. We breed to dogs with equally strong pedigrees and health screenings. The mates for our girls are chosen from all over the continent.

Our pups grow into confident adults through the introduction of a variety of experiences when they are young.  They have many adoring and nurturing fans from the time that they are born. We socialize them with adults, children and our older dogs. They live in our home, not a kennel, and get constant attention and care. The puppies have their own specially built puppy yard which provides them opportunity to explore and grow strong. They learn so much in such a short time! We provide "puppy agility" and "puppy play dates" and birthday party "get-togethers" so the siblings can play and their owners can keep in touch. When it comes time to choose an owner for our puppies, we make every effort to ensure each puppy is the perfect match for its future family.

We feed our dogs and pups only the highest quality, all natural, chemical and preservative free foods available on the market. We feed Honest Kitchen (dehydrated raw food) and Taste of the Wild dog foods. We supplement with Missing Link vitamins and minerals and other things to support the immune system. We vaccinate according to Dr. Dodds, a veterinary researcher, protocol. All of our pups are micro-chipped. We often are donating samples and swabs to research to further improve the health of our breed.

We take pride in our dogs and would love to share our excitement with you. We'd love to talk to you about whether a Rhodesian Ridgeback is right for your family.  We hope you enjoy our web site as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.  Please feel free to call us a 480-767-8000 if you have any questions or if you want to stop in for a visit!

Welcome to CopperRidge!

Bob and Lin Hainlen