I have to disagree with you onthe statement that ridgebacks are not an outside dog. She LOVED to go camping at the lake with us. Swimming in the lake and hiking the trails. We had one when I was growing up and she was the best dog I could ever have, even if she did tell on me. She was the baby sitter of the back yard. If I ever left the yard, or tried to she would herd my brother and I back even when we were in High School, and college. She was given to my family when my older brother was 2 and lived for 18 years.