It is very important that within your family one person can take the Alfa position. A person who is consequent and looks after the dog is chosen one. Often this is, of course, mummy dear. The Ridgeback is an excellent bodyguard and guard dog. He considers your property as his own and will defend it. He doesn’t bark unnecessarily, only to warn you for danger or possible intruders. A characteristic behavior, linked to a lazy looking lifestyle is typical for a Ridgeback. Signals of watchfulness can be recognized in the raising of an eyebrow or the lifting up of a head, while yawning and stretching. Children are tolerated in different ways, from indifference to affection. However, the Ridgeback will have to be treated respectfully and not as a toy.