Nuthouse Rhodesian Ridgebacks

John & Sally Hicks
Hemel Hempstead

Breeders of:

  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Nuthouse pack

The Nuthouse pack

photo by: Sally Hicks

The pack resting - clockwise from top left Champion Nuthouse Manhatton (Dave),his granny Nuthouse Dreams (Fanny), Dave's sister & Fanny's granddaughter Nuthouse Martini (Dolly), Wilma (Hungarian Vizsla) & Kiromol Kiwambo at Nuthouse (Nobby)Fanny's dad & great grandfather to Dolly & Dave.
They are coiled springs ready for action!
They love nothing more than to sunbathe or hog the radiator after charging around together on their two walks each day.

Nuthouse Martini (Dolly)

Nuthouse Martini (Dolly)

photo by: Lena Piehl

Nuthouse Martini (Dolly) has 1 CC (3 make a UK Champion)- she has been well placed at open and championship level gaining her stud book number qualifying her for Crufts for life.
Dolly has been lightly shown due to her spells on maternity leave. She loves the show ring - the bigger the better & has done exceptionally well in the veteran stakes at Championships Shows being placed in all but 4 shows (she made the final cut in two of those) she has won a 1st, six 2nd places a 3rd & several reserves (lost count!) she has also won several Best Veteran's in Breed, Best Veteran in Show at a RR Champ Show & two Veteran Groups at Open Shows.
Dolly's Critique from winning the Veteran Stakes at Bournemouth under Dave Killilea:- "8 years bitch of correct size & substance. Super temperament & attitude. Quality head with neat ears, correct bite & a pleasing expression. Stands parallel in front with neat feet & correct depth of chest to length of leg. Stands firm in the rear with good muscletone, correct topline, tailset & carriage. In good coat & so sound on the move.
Critique Mrs J S Morris "Substantial red wheaten, lovely head with good depth of muzzle, good eye & earset, well boned with good feet, balanced angulation, moved out very well & with drive"
Critique Mrs P Saunders "workmanlike bitch but not coarse in any way. Lovely head with depth and width to muzzle. Well arched neck into good shoulder. Excellent ribbing and loin to well muscled hindquarters with good width through the thighs and low hock. Moved with great drive."
Click on the links below (her name & litter) for more pictures and critiques.

Nuthouse Hot Stuff (Maud) at 15 months

Nuthouse Hot Stuff (Maud) at 15 months

photo by: Gillian Mulligan

Maud (Nuthouse Hot Stuff) is the youngest member of our show team.
She is Tini's (Nuthouse Never Say Never (1CC & 2 RCC's)) daughter & Dolly's Grandaughter She is a pleasure to show now she has stopped bouncing around the ring & has qualified for Crufts 2017 13 times over, being placed at every show attended bar one.
She won Hound Puppy Group 1 at Oxford Canine Association & enjoys going to shows as much as she enjoys going to the pub!
Click on the link below (her name) for more details, critiques & show results.

Nuthouse Manhatton (Dave)

Nuthouse Manhatton (Dave)

photo by: Sonja Nilsson

Champion Nuthouse Manhatton (Dave)in the show ring; **** 1st CC won at Welsh KC August 2011**** 2nd CC won at Birminham August 2015.... lightly shown he returned to the ring in Veteran to be awarded his 2nd CC! Followed by a reserve CC & his crowning 3rd CC all at the age of 7 from the Veteran class.
He has been placed well at both open shows and championship levels including Best Dog at The Southern Rhodesian Ridgeback Association & Best Veteran in Show at Dunstable Canine Association & has his stud book number which qualifies him for Crufts for life.
Click on the link below (his name) to see more pictures and critiques.
The critique from winning his first CC "Quality red wheaten with pleasing head & expression, good length of neck, superb outline with quality bone & correct angulation, moved with real drive as a hound should CC"
D Seaman
The critique from Dave's first time in limit class with the big boys where he came second in a large class to the CC winner from one of our all round judges Frank Kane -critique "same size & type & for me very balanced & full of type, clean masculine head, very good mover. A bit reluctant with his tail but once he got going I liked him immensely. True & athletic mover"
Click on the link below (his name) for more pictures & information

We have been owned by Rhodesian Ridgebacks since 1986; buying her a companion the following year who we were encouraged to show. We spent longer researching the breed before buying our 3rd who became our foundation bitch; Champion Sansilver Pumalanga (Pet name Abby).
We are PROUD to be able to say we have NEVER culled a healthy puppy because of its ridge (or lack of) even when it was recommended to in the breed. Our first litter contained a ridgeless boy who lived until he was 14. We keep a list of people looking for ridgeless puppies.
Four generations of our dogs live happily together in the home. We breed for type and temperament - you will see from pictures and critiques that our dogs have bone and substance but not so much that they could not do the job that they were originally bred for. Temperament is very important to us as is balance and movement. We are fully aware that a perfect ridge does not alone make a show quality ridgeback. We like to show our dogs to confirm they are good representatives of the breed & to ensure we can find the best possible stud dogs to use in our breeding plan - we are not commercial breeders having bred 10 quality litters in 30 years at the time of updating this. Although our dogs are shown, when retired we do not move them to new homes & they live as pets with us in the home, neither do we move on our dogs once they are no longer any use to us for breeding purposes.

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