Rhodesian Ridgebacks*









Eddie and Gail Patterson started in Rhodesian Ridgebacks in 1988.

Our first ridgeback was Ch Melrose Shareef Dancer. This much loved and missed bitch paved the way for Rocksham Rhodesian Ridgebacks. In 1990, with the assistance of Mrs. Molly O'Driscoll and the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Ireland, we imported a male Ridgeback, Rockridge Columbus, known to us a Columbo, from Bill and Joey Howard, of the world famous Rockridge Kennels in South Africa.

In 1994, Columbo sired a litter to Mr. Tommy Boyle’s ‘Tombezi’ Eber of Cloncrean. Out of which we selected a bitch, GB Ch, Ir Ch& Int Ch Tombezi Gypsy Girl, little did we know she would become Irelands top winning Rhodesian Ridgeback of all time, with major success in the UK.

Many thanks to our good friend Mr. Tommy Boyle (Tombezi) for having the foresight and direction in proposing this mating.

In September of 1996 Gypsy took top honours by winning Best in Show at Drogheda All Breeds Championship Show, to date, she remains the only Rhodesian Ridgeback to take such an award.

After over twenty years in Rhodesian Ridgebacks we remain committed to our beautiful breed, striving to improve with each litter but keeping in mind what the breed represents as an athletic working hound. 

Eddie: is an International Judge both under IKC and FCI regulation; he is qualified to judge All Hound Breeds and Groups in groups 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 10 and is approved for Best in Show. He has judged both at home and internationally. He has also been passed by the English KC to award Championship Challenge Certificates in Rhodesian Ridgebacks. 

Gail: is a FCI & National Championship Judge awarding Green Stars in Rhodesian Ridgebacks and  All Breeds & Group in FCI Groups 5 & 6, progressing under IKC regulations.

Here at Rocksham we are always willing to offer help and advice in all aspects pertaining to Rhodesian Ridgebacks.


Puppies are occasionally available to approved homes.