New Year. New Look. New Chapter.

As you may have noticed, some things are changing around here at Montego and we couldn’t be prouder to introduce our brand’s bold, new look.

While we’re entering a new chapter of Montego’s future, one thing that will never change is our dedication to upholding the highest standard of quality when producing our trusted pet nutrition products.

Montego Pet Nutrition was founded in Graaff-Reinet, South Africa in the heart of the Karoo, in early 2000, built upon a strong foundation of entrepreneurial spirit, family values, quality and innovation.

Since then, we’ve never stopped improving upon our approach. From consistently fine-tuning and improving our formulations, to upgrading our factory many times over to keep up with our passion and vision for the Montego brand and products.

Our new look is a reflection of who we are today and speaks to our commitment of striving to be better every day.

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The Australian Cattle Dog, a member of the herding family, also known as a Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler is a tough-as-nails herding dog from down under. Sheep farmers and inland cattlemen mixed a bit of Collie, Dingo, Bull Terrier, Dalmatian, and Black and Tan Kelpie together, resulting in today’s compact, hardworking dog breed known for their endurance.

History of the Hard Working Blue Heeler

The breed’s history can be traced all the way back to the early 1800s, when English settlers in Australia migrated from coastal towns to the vast grasslands of the western inland. This area was prime territory for raising beef cattle, however to herd and control the almost wild cattle on large ranches, farmers needed loyal and intelligent companions that could withstand the harsh climate and conditions.

A resident of Queensland, George Elliot, began the quest for the perfect breed when he crossed a native Australian dog – a Dingo – with the now-extinct Smithfield, and then with blue merle Highland Collies. The result was a strong and hardworking herder.

However it was only later when two brothers, Jack and Harry Bagust, bred Dalmatians and Kelpies with some of Elliott’s dogs that the breed we know today was perfected. The Dalmatian genetics added qualities of faithfulness, protectiveness, and ease with horses – while the Kelpie reinforced herder instincts. The Australian Cattle Dog became instrumental in helping ranchers expand the Australian beef industry.

Traits of an Australian Cattle Dog

Blue Heelers, like most herders, can be one-person dogs. They also have a unique independence, not requiring as much cuddling or affection as a lap dog, but are still loving and happy companions and appreciate positive feedback.

One of the characteristics which make this breed so good at working with livestock is their intelligence and ability to evaluate situations and take initiative if needed. In a herding situation, this can include force barking or nipping (“heeling” in Aussie slang, because the dog should nip the heel of the cow) to move a stubborn animal. If he feels an animal – or a person – is misbehaving, he will not hesitate to put try set them back in line.

Start training your puppy the day you bring him home, socialising him among family and friends until puppy vaccines are completed and formal training can commence. Waiting six months to begin training will result in a headstrong dog to deal with.

As for grooming the Australian Cattle Dog has a hard, flat coat that is rain resistant. This makes grooming simple, as they just need to be brushed once or twice a week to remove dead hair. Additionally, once or twice a year they will shed their undercoat, which requires more frequent brushing.

Sharing Your Abode with an Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are not well suited to apartment living or being left alone for long periods of time. They usually attach themselves to one person, bonding less closely with others in the family and are cautious of strangers — qualities that make them excellent guard dogs. They don’t bark too much, but are still very protective of their homes.

Depending on training they can become a great member of the family and, if raised with children, may enjoy interacting with other children as well. Plenty of socialisation as a puppy and young dog will help with his wary attitude toward strangers of both dog and human species.

These dogs are high-energy, clever, active and require an environment where they get plenty of physical and mental stimulation, becoming destructive when bored, they need a home with a securely fenced garden or farm.

Is a Blue Heeler the Right Choice For You?

If you want a dog who’s: extremely intelligent, active, thrives on having a job to do, and on being part of all family activities, then this is the dog for you.

If you’re interested in owning an Australian Cattle Dog, consider adopting from the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue South Africa, or be sure to find a reputable breeder.

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While a well-known breed, a lesser known fact about the highly intelligent and chatty Siamese cat is that they are born with completely white fur and only begin developing their pointed colouration at about four weeks old.

History of the Siamese Cat

The origin of the Siamese cat has been traced to the Orient, and while there may not be strong historic evidence, it is believed that they originated in tropical Thailand, known then as Siam, sometime around the 14th century. They first appeared in a Thai manuscript called the Tamra Maew, or ‘The Cat Book Poems,’ which gives us an early depiction of the country’s dark-pointed cats. This makes the Siamese is a very old breed, even if we don’t quite know where it came from.

Legend has it this breed was the “temple cat” of the King of Siam. These kitties were not only admired by the king for their beauty but also trusted as guard-cats. The King’s kitties were placed around the throne, perched on top. If anyone threatened his majesty, his cats could pounce on the individual, knocking them to the ground, or so the story goes.

The first Siamese cats to appear in Western Europe in the late 1800’s were a gift from the King of Siam to the English consulate general in Bangkok. The first Siamese cats in western cat fancy societies were named Pho and Mia, a breeding pair brought to England in 1884 by Owen Gould. The kittens from Pho and Mia were exhibited by Gould’s sister at a London show in 1885.

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Siamese cats eventually made their way to the USA from Britain, France, Japan, and Siam. The Siamese remained rare until after World War II, when they quickly grew in popularity. The cats we know today come in two types: show and traditional.

Siamese Cattitude

These are some cute and clever cats. They can be trained to walk on a leash and learn a variety of tricks, but their intelligence also means they’re very aware of their independence and will tell you (loudly) what they think, most of the time, expecting you to pay close attention. Siamese cats adore their owners and will follow them around closely, observing every move. They’re very much lap cats and at night will probably want be in bed with you, comfy under the covers.

Siamese are also agile, athletic and love to play. You can keep them stimulated and entertained with puzzle and teaser toys, and big cat trees for climbing. Just be sure to leave them with something to busy themselves with, as boredom can turn to mildly destructive behaviour.

As affectionate cats, they require lots of attention and play time with their owners. A Siamese cat is ideal if you’re the type who looks forward to spending time and interacting with your cat.

Living with a Siamese Cat

Siamese are great jumpers and love heights, so perches and cat trees in the home go down a treat. These cats are also highly sociable and demanding. They hate being left alone for long periods, so if you work during the day, consider getting two of them so they can keep each other company. They love people of all ages, including children, and get along just fine with dogs and other cats.

While their coat needs little care, Siamese tend to associate brushing with affection and really enjoy being groomed. The short coat of the Siamese is easy to groom so you can comb him weekly. Something to look out for though is periodontal disease. You can brush their teeth with a vet-approved pet-friendly toothpaste, and go for regular veterinary dental cleanings.

If a talkative, intelligent pal who’s always keen to hangout and gets along with people of all ages, as well as other pets, then this is the breed for you. Consider adopting a Siamese with the help of this Facebook group dedicated to networking and finding homes for Siamese and Siamese crosses in South Africa, or find a reputable breeder near you.

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History of Pets – Bengal Cat

The Bengal stands out among cats for its lush, dense, and remarkably soft coat with its distinctive leopard-like spots, reminiscent of its larger ancestors living in the wild. These intelligent, curious cats are highly active, love climbing to high places, going for walks on a leash and are generally a ball (of yarn) to live with.

The Beginning of the Bengal

The Bengal cat breed is the only successful pairing of a wild cat with a domestic cat registered with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy. There is some anecdotal evidence that pairings of the Asian leopard cat with domestic cats had been attempted prior to the 1960’s. But, it was only when amateur breeder Jean S. Mill began the Bengal breeding program in 1963, that later resulted in the Bengal breed we know today. Interestingly, most Bengals today descend from cats bred by her in the early 1980s.

The story began when Jean crossed a domestic cat with a beautifully spotted, shy wild cat species from Asia, an Asian leopard cat. The Californian had acquired the leopard cat and allowed her to befriend a black tom so she wouldn’t be lonely. Since the breeds were so different, Jean wasn’t expecting the two to become mates, and was surprised when a litter of kittens was born. She kept a spotted female, breeding her back to her father, which produced a litter of spotted and solid kittens, which though delightful had not quite met the idea she had for the perfect Bengal.At about the same time, Dr. Willard Centerwall was crossing Asian leopard cats with domestic cats at Loyola University for research. It turns out that the leopard cats were resistant to the feline leukemia virus, so researchers were interested in finding out if the trait could be passed on to hybrid offspring.

Jean then acquired some of Dr. Centerwall’s hybrids and sought out suitable males to breed with them. One was an orange domestic shorthair that she found in India, and the other was a brown spotted tabby acquired from a shelter, these kittens fulfilled Jean’s goal of creating a docile, civilised house cat sporting the striking, patterned coat of wild jungle cats like Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars.

The Bengal cat was officially named in 1974 by Bill Engler, as a reference to the scientific name of their forefathers, the Asian Leopard Cat – Prionailurus bengalensis. In a fun bit of irony, Bengal serves as a homonym to Mr.Engler’s Initial and surname, B.Engle. The International Cat Association recognised Bengals in 1991.

About the Bengal

The Bengal cat is a long, muscular, medium to large sized cat, with a broad head and muzzle, high cheekbones, and pronounced whisker pads. Their eyes are round and wide, with dark markings around the eyes called mascara markings, and the ears are small and rounded at the tips. Their back legs are slightly longer than the front legs, emphasising the Bengal’s wild-cat appearance. The Bengal’s distinct coat often possess a trait called glittering, which makes the coat appear to have been dusted with gold or pearl.

These cats are known to be confident, talkative, friendly and always alert. They enjoy playing games like fetch, and have been known to learn a few little tricks. In addition, they have the unusual cat-quality of being keen on water, so it’s not unlike a Bengal to jump into the tub or sneak into the shower with you.

A Bengal can be trained fairly easily and have fun, attention-loving, affectionate personalities. Though this breed is not a lap cat, these loyal felines love human company and will often stay close to family members. Bengals especially enjoy the company of children, since their energetic nature makes them very fond of games.

Living with a Bengal

You’ll need to give your Bengal plenty of play time, as intelligent and savvy creatures they need lots of challenging, action-filled interactions to keep them out boredom and trouble. These energetic felines love to jump and climb to high-up locations, so you might want to consider keeping breakable objects out of harm’s way and off of open shelves and acquiring tall cat trees and window perches.

While every cat is an individual, most Bengals get along with other pets, including dogs. And as for grooming, they have short coats that are easy to care for with weekly brushing and as a bonus, your Bengal will love the attention!

Is a Bengal Right for You?

If you want a cat companion that’s known for being:

  • Trainable
  • Intelligent
  • Water-loving
  • Exotic in appearance
  • Verbal and communicative
  • Athletic and entertaining
  • Social (if paired or bonded early)
  • Dog-friendly (if bonded early with a cat-friendly dog)
  • Kid-friendly (when socialised)
  • Loyal

Then this is the breed for you. And if you’re serious about becoming a Bengal owner, consider contacting some local shelters and enquiring whether there are any that require forever homes.

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History of Pets – Basenji

Well-known for their bark, or should we say lack thereof, the Basenji have dapper, short coats, curious and alert fur-sonalities, tightly curled tails and mischievous expressions thanks to their wrinkled brows. Their roots can be traced to Africa with a history predating ancient Egypt!

Back to the Basenji’s beginnings

Basenjis without a doubt have ancient heritage. By the time they made their way up the Nile from interior Africa as gifts for the pharaohs, they were already a well-known breed. Their likeness has been found on ancient Egyptian artefacts, and as further evidence of their antiquity, traces of the breed can also be seen in ancient Babylonian and Mesopotamian art.

Their lineage can be traced all the way from pariah dogs to their revered position with the Egyptians, to hunting dogs for the tribes of the Congo, renowned for their keen eyesight, excellent sense of smell and stunning speed.This breed took its name from the Congolese lingala word “Basenji”, which means “dog of the bush” or “dogs of the villagers” in the Central African region. Running in silent packs (making only a yodel-like sound commonly known as a “baroo”), they often wore bells to alert their humans to their location in the deep jungle. Interestingly, Basenjis are expert vertical leapers, a skill perfected to scout prey in African grasslands.

The same breed that was offered as gifts to the pharaohs was much the same as the breed that was introduced to the West in the late 1800s and was recognised officially as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1943. In the 1980s several Basenjis were imported to the United States from Zaire in order to diversify the gene pool, as well as to help prevent some serious health problems, like Fanconi Syndrome.

Basenji Breed Basics

Basenjis belong to the hound dog family, but whether they are truly sighthounds or scenthounds is still being debated. The average height of a Basenji is 42 to 45cm’s at the shoulder and their average weight is 9.9 to 10.8kg’s.

Although Basenjis tend to be quiet, they still make excellent watchdogs due to their acute senses and wariness of strangers and will let you know immediately if something is up.

Is a Basenji for you?

The basenji can seem cold towards strangers but are very affectionate with their families. They tend to be bright dogs, which can make training a challenge, but be assured that a little patience and creativity is well worth it in the end.

While they do not bark, their baroos make quite a bit of noise and if left to their own devices they can be chewers and diggers. They also have a fondness for climbing up onto high places. So, they need active owners who will can assist in expending some of their energy. Basenjis are usually good with other dogs if socialised while young, but some can be argumentative with other Basenjis. When it comes to cleaning, their short coats are easy to maintain, and they don’t shed a lot but they do a great deal of licking to groom themselves.

If you think a Basenji would best suit your home and lifestyle, make sure to check your local rescues and see if there are any looking for a fur-ever home, or find a certified breeder.

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More than P45 000 in prizes to be won, plus the chance to WIN P10 000 in cash!

To stand a chance to win, simply buy any specially marked bag of Montego’s Classic, Karoo or Monty & Me products, check inside for a Winning Bone Token, then follow the instructions to claim your prize!

There are also 10 extra special Golden Bone Tokens to be discovered. Find one  to enter for the  grand prize draw of P10 000 cash!

See below for a guide to our coloured tokens and prizes to be won.

Botswana Bonanza 2018 T’s and C’s:

  1. The Botswana Bonanza promotion begins on the 17th of September 2018 and closes 20th of December 2018 or while stocks last.
  2. This promotion/competition is open to all Botswana ID/Passport holders. If deemed necessary, winners may be required to submit proof of citizenship to claim their prize.
  3. To win in the Botswana Bonanza, one must simply find a Winning Bone Token in a specially marked bag of Montego’s Classic, Karoo or Monty & Me products, retain their receipt and phone 71 598 178 to claim their prize.
  4. Only official Montego Winning Bone Tokens will be accepted as valid entries into the Botswana Bonanza and must be retained in order to claim prizes.
  5. The token colours below indicate possible prizes as communicated on the Winning Bone Tokens found in specially marked bags:

Orange:  1 x 10kg/25kg Bag of Classic Adult Dog or 3 x 385g cans of Classic Adult Dog wet food.

Pink: 1 x 5kg bag of Classic Adult Cat or 1 x 1kg bag of Classic Kitten or 2 x 16 x 15ml boxes of Sauce for Cats or 36 x 85g Cat wet food.

Green:  1 x 10kg/25kg Classic Puppy.

Yellow: 1 x 10kg/25kg bag of Classic Senior.

Light Blue:  1 x 8kg/20kg Bag of Monty & Me Essential.

Red: Bags O’ Wags Chewies 5 x 120g packs or Crunchies 2 x 1kg boxes.

Brown:  1 x 8kg/20kg bag of Karoo Puppy, Adult or Senior.

White: 6 x 500ml Sauce for Dogs or 6 x 500ml bottles of Sauce for Dogs Plus.

Golden Bone: P10 000 cash Grand Draw entry.

  1. Montego Pet Nutrition will not be held liable for any possible defects/damages to prizes upon delivery.
  2. Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  3. Montego Pet Nutrition reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the competition at any time without prior notice. Visit for more information.
  4. Customers may enter the Grand Prize Draw for every golden bone they find.
  5. The Grand Prize Draw will commence on 21 December 2018 and the winner contacted directly thereafter.
  6. The winner must provide proof of banking details and their winnings will be transferred directly into their account as soon as possible.
  7. In the event that a Golden Bone Token is found, customers must submit their contact number, the name of store where the product was purchased, as well as their name and surname to
  8. It is the responsibility of the token finder to claim their prize. A Montego representative will arrange delivery of prizes at the soonest convenient date after initial contact.
  9. By entering the competition, the winners automatically agree to allow Montego Pet Nutrition to contact them or to use their full names for marketing purposes – winners may be required to allow a Montego representative to take photos of them and/or conduct an interview for any social media and/or print media pages/publications.
  10. No employees, directors, agents, distributors or consultants and their immediate family members or anyone directly connected to or in the employment of Montego Pet Nutrition, its subsidiaries and business partners, associates, advertising and promotional agencies and staff members of the participating stores may take part in the competition.

Should you have any queries or questions, kindly e-mail us on or call us on +27 49 891 0825 or 71 598 178.

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History of Pets – Ragdoll Cat

Quick Ragdoll Cat Facts:

  • Ragdolls are a relatively new breed in the kitty kingdom.

  • Ragdolls were “created” in 1963, their origin credited to Ann Baker, a breeder from sunny California, USA.

  • The cat believed to be the original but unregistered Ragdoll, is a white cat named Josephine.

  • Ragdolls are often referred to by their pet name, “puppycats” because of the way they follow their owners from room to room.

  • The Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds around.

Ragdoll History

Ragdolls take their name from a defining characteristic. As Ann Baker, the original breeder explained that her cat was so comfortable and relaxed when being held that she went as floppy as a ragdoll.

The catalyst for this new category of feline was Josephine, a white, longish haired female cat whom, together with a black-and-white stray tom, produced a unique litter of kittens. The litter consisted of a solid black male, a bi-colour, seal point female and a longhaired brown male, becoming the predecessors of today’s Ragdolls.

Over their evolution, these cats have become well known for their easy going temperament, large size, non-matting coat and unique appearance. Ragdolls became recognised as a pure breed in 1966 when Ann Baker registered kittens Kyoto and Tike as the first Ragdolls in the American National Cat Fanciers Association (NCFA).

Characteristics of the Ragdoll:

Ragdolls have medium to long coats which come in: frost, blue, chocolate, seal, red, lilac, blue-cream and cream, with bicolour, mitted and pointed patterns – which they get from their part-Siamese ancestors.

Their beautiful blue eyes are quite a sight to behold, but it’s their disposition and personality which make them a pawsitively popular. Ragdoll cats tend to be quiet, playful, placid, relaxed and loving and get along well with people, making ideal pets for those living in an apartment.

Reaching full maturity between 3 and 4 years, this breed is slow to mature physically. As adults they usually weigh between 4.5 and 9kgs and have a longevity of 7-12 years.

The Ragdoll keeps its cute, kitten-like playfulness into adulthood and old age, enjoying a good game on occasion.

Being Responsible for a Ragdoll

These friendly felines make great house or apartment cats as they adapt well to the indoors. Though they can be easily leash trained, Ragdolls should never be left outside unattended as once they experience the outdoors they’ll probably try to sneak out whenever the doors are opened, especially with children in the house.

As for maintenance, the Ragdoll needs interactive exercise and room to play to stay in shape, and if need be walked on a leash (as mentioned above, they can be easily trained). Their coats should be brushed daily, to keep knots and tangles at bay.

Ragdolls are generally healthy, but bladder stones and a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, are among the afflictions that have been reported in the breed.

If you’re interested in owning a Ragdoll cat, why not try adoption. You can call your local animal shelters or vets to see if there are any in need of a fur-ever home.

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History of Pets – Saluki

With its refined demeanour, the Saluki is the embodiment of grace and speed. These sleek and silky-coated ‘sight-hounds’ – which means they hunt by sight as opposed to relying on other senses – may appear aloof to strangers but are in fact loyally devoted, preferring to stay at one’s side rather than lounging on a lap. They also love being pampered!

Saluki Lineage

Formerly known as the Persian Greyhound or Gazelle Hound, Salukis originate from the Middle East and are believed to have been found across the region in: Persia (Iran), Syria, Egypt, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Arabia.

The Saluki holds the Guinness World Record for the Oldest Dog Breed. In fact, it has been long believed to be one of the most ancient breeds, with depictions of dogs closely resembling Salukis appearing on Egyptian tombs as early as 2100 B.C.E. (±4,000 years ago).

Legend has it that Pharaohs hunted gazelles and hares with Salukis, working in tandem with falcons, and were so treasured they were honoured with mummification after death. A claim which is supported by the fact that archaeologists have in recent history uncovered mummified Salukis in tombs.

Sharing Your Home With a Saluki

Salukis love to run and require daily exercise. Because of this, they prefer a back yard with lots of space. The ideal running area for a Saluki is 90 to 100 metres in length or width, with fences reaching at least 1.5 to 2 metres because Salukis can easily jump them. Make sure to keep them on leash when outside in open spaces, as their sight hunting instincts and speed have a tendency to take over when opportunity knocks.

Timid and leisurely indoors, Salukis love their creature comforts: a soft bed to prevent callouses forming on their skinny frames, a warm room and carefully selected food -Salukis are very picky eaters. Occasional brushing of coats and feathering keeps this breed clean and preened.

Traits of the Speedy Saluki

Salukis are best trained with positive reinforcement methods, take note though, that their ability to think for themselves means they’ll obey, but at their own will. Given the right amount of exercise and stimulation, they’re mostly well behaved, don’t bark excessively, or demand too much attention.

Salukis are one-family dogs and can be shy of strangers. And, although gentle with kids, won’t be able provide the high energy playmate that children prefer.

Is a Saluki The Right Choice for you?

If you want a dog who’s quiet and calm, devoted but won’t hound you for attention, who can live inside but needs daily exercise, this is the canine companion for you!

If you are interested in adding a Saluki to your family, please consider adopting from Sight Hound Rescue South Africa.

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History of Pets – Maine Coons

Maine Coons are the gentle giants of the cat world with females growing from around 8-35cm tall, weighing around 4.5-6kg and males 25-40 cm’s tall, reaching around 6-9kg.

Interestingly, the Guinness World Record for world’s longest domestic cat was held by Stewie, an 8-year-old Maine Coon who grew to be 123.19cms from head to tail, fully stretched out.

The Colourful History of the Maine Coon.

Trying to pinpoint the true origins of the Maine Coon is like… well, like trying to herd cats. There is much speculation about how Main Coons came into being.

One legend has it that Captain Charles Coon, an English seaman, kept long-haired cats aboard his ships as a way to control the rodent population. When the Captain’s ship anchored in (Maine) New England, the felines would exit the ship and mate with the local feral cat population. When long-haired kittens began appearing in the local cat population, they supposedly became known as “Coon’s cats”.

Another intriguing theory is that Maine Coons are descended from six of Marie Antoinette’s pet cats that were shipped to Wiscasset, Maine, ahead of an alleged planned escape from France during the revolution. Though, genetic testing indicates that Maine Coons are actually descended from the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Vikings are likely responsible for bringing them to the USA.

One thing is certain though, this feline is not the biologically impossible result of breeding a cat and a raccoon as some stories go. The resemblance to raccoons’ tabby coat and furry ringed tail is however, how these kitties got their name.

Fast feline fact: The first published reference to a Maine Coon was in 1861, about a black and white cat named Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines.

Mannerisms of the Maine Coon.

Like true cool cats, the Maine Coons are good-natured, relaxed and easy going, preferring to stay nearby and hang out rather than needing to be constantly attached to owners. They love their human families, following them around and observing activities – even trying to lend a helping paw where they can. Their laidback and loving personalities make them the perfect choice of pet for families with children.

Maine Coon Maintenance.

These big, sociable softies also need plenty of exercise and enjoy running or playing with toys and puzzles to satisfy their hunter’s instincts.

Speaking of soft, their silky coats come in: solid colours, tabby colours and patterns, bi-colour, tortoiseshell and calico. The Maine Coon’s coat needs regular attention and brushing to avoid tangles and matting.

If you’re looking for a super friendly, sometimes silly, loyal companion who does just as well in a back garden as an apartment, then the Maine Coon is a purr-fect choice.

Like the sound of a Maine Coon? Why not consider adopting from the Maine Coon Rescue and Rehoming South Africa (

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback or “Ridgie”, as they’re affectionately known in the canine community, gets its name from area of Africa where they originate from, as well as the distinctive patch of hair running along its back. The Ridgeback is part of the hound family, bred to be a family guardian and hunter of lions, the breed acquired the title of African Lion Hound.

In the early 1800s, Dutch settlers in Africa came across the Khoisan peoples, who had had hunting dogs noted for their ferocity when protecting their human family. The settlers wanted to breed a dog that could hunt, guard livestock and the family, as well as withstand the Southern African climate. The settlers had the idea to begin breeding Great Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds and Bloodhounds amongst others, with the Khoisan’s hunting dogs, bringing the Rhodesian Ridgeback we know today, into existence.

Raising Ridgebacks

As adults, Ridgies have quiet and even temperaments, they can reach a large 60-70cms at the shoulder and fully grown, weigh between 34-36kgs. But take note, these tan or red Fidos can be wilful and stubborn, which is why socialisation and training early on is a must.

This strong and muscular breed also needs regular exercise to stave off the boredom otherwise you might be left with uprooted trees, giant holes in the garden or fence-jumping. However, an assertive owner who lays down the law as well as the love, will enjoy a calm sociable and highly protective companion.

Is a Ridgie The Right Choice for you?

If you’re seeking a furry addition to your family that:

  • Is large, intelligent territorial and protective
  • Has a short easy to care for coat
  • Thrives on vigorous exercise and athletic activities
  • Is calm and quiet in the home (as an adult)

Then this is the canine companion for you!

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