to Dickís extensive travel schedule and with two young children
at home, the need for a protective breed led us to acquire our first
Rhodesian Ridgeback in the late 60ís. After a few successes in the
show ring, we were hooked both on the breed as a family companion
and on the wonderful sport of showing dogs. In 1970, with the addition
of a second quality specimen, the careful and selective breeding
program of Oakhurst began.
The Oakhurst breeding
program is noted for both outstanding conformation and temperament.
Oakhurst has finished nearly 100dogs, with many achieving the highest
of honors including nine All-Breed Best-In-Shows and number one
Ridgeback in the country. Many Oakhurst dogs and bitches have also
achieved "ROM" status (Register Of Merit). We currently
share our home with several adult Ridgebacks, a Miniature
Wire Dachshund and a Whippet.
On an average, Oakhurst
produces two litters a year. All breeding stock has certified hips
and elbows and is checked for other congenital abnormalities. All
puppies, reared in a home atmosphere, are well socialized and temperament
tested from an early age in order to assist in matching new owners
with the right puppy.
Both Dick and I are
actively involved with breed clubs on the national and local level.
AKC granted my judging license in 1985 and I am currently approved
for all Hound Breeds, the Hound Group and Best-In-Show. I am currently
Chair for the Standard & Elaboration Committee and continue
as Chair of Education. Dick is approved for several of the Hound
Breeds and both of us have judged Dog Shows around the world including
Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Russia, Italy, Canada, South
Africa, Holland, France and throughout the United States. Dick was
selected to judge the 2001 Australian National Specialty and I was
asked to judge Rhodesian Ridgebacks at the year 2000 World Congress
in the Netherlands, the National in France in 2004, and the Swedish
National in 2010.
Dick and I were priviledged to adjudicate the Brazilian National Specialty in 2011.
I was honored to
adjudicate at our National Specialty for a second time, this time
in Florida in 2012.
Oakhurst is dedicated to producing Ridgebacks that are sound, compliant with the Standard and have great temperament. We insist on continuing their legacy without compromise.
has been recognized as a distinguished Breeder Of Merit
by the American Kennel Club.
Always sound, handsome and good natured
and Barbara Rupert
Joshua Tree Lane