News & Updates
Having welcomed our first child, Angus, into our family in April, we will not be showing our dogs as much this year. "Gatto' is however busy being the best big brother to baby Angus :)
2016 was another busy year at Mikozi, participating in All Breeds Shows, Specialty shows and dog sports (Dances with Dogs and Heelwork to Music).
Gatto obtained his Heelwork to Music Starters title, and is now known as Grand Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN ET FS.S HTM.S
Late in 2015, we also welcomed a new addition to our family, the beautiful brown child "Maude" - co-owned with her breeder Jana at Almazart Kennels. In keeping with our dogs having 'titles on each end of their name' Maude not only obtained her Champion Title, but also obtained her Dances With Dogs Freestyle Starters Title - she is now known as "Ch Almazart Caught NThe Crossfire FS.S". Maude can be seen at www.almazart.com
Dave also obtained his Dances with Dogs Freestyle Starters Title, to now be known as "Ch Mikozi High Plains Drifter RN ET FS.S"
At the recent Tracking Dog Club of SA AGM, Rose & Greg, with their gorgeous 'Lizzie' (Mikozi Rumour Has It TD), were awarded a beautiful sash in recognition of Lizzie obtaining her Tracking Dog Title in 2015. Well done team !
At the Collie Club of SA All Breeds show on 4 October 2015, "Gatto" (Grand Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain RN ET DWDF.S) wins Best of Breed and goes on to be awarded Runner-Up Best in Group (Group 2) - well done Gatty!
Gatto takes Best of Breed (25) at the 2015 Adelaide Royal held on 10 September 2015 under Judge Mrs A Ingram (Ireland) - photo below.
Not only that, "Gatto" also obtains his third DWD Qualification at the Adelaide Royal DWD competition - and is now to be known as
"Grand Champion Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN ET DWDF.S"
Not to let the Mikozi team down, "Dave" (Ch Mikozi High Plains Drifter RN ET) competed in his first DWD competition at the Royal and not only qualified, but came 3rd in his division.
Big congratulations to Rose & Greg on achieving Lizzie's Tracking Dog Title - an excellent achievement and we are very proud of Lizzie (Mikozi Rumour Has It TD), who is proving herself to be a fantastic tracking dog.
On 20 June 2015 "Gatto" and "Dave" completed the Endurance Test run by the GSDC of SA - this is a 20 kilometre ride, with regular vet checks along the way. Both boys passed easily, with their heart rates actually lower at the end of the 20km than they were at the start. The boys will now be known as "Grand Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN" and "Ch Mikozi High Plains Drifter RN ET".
With immense pride we announce that on 26 April 2015 "Gatto" gained the final points needed for his Grand Champion title - now to be known as "Grand Champion Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN".
Gatto achieved his Grand in style, along the way gaining multiple Best in Groups, multiple Runner-Up in Groups, a Royal Best of Breed (25 points) together with high awards in the Specialty and National ring. Even more important to us is Gatto's wonderful nature, which has allowed us to gain his Canine Good Citizen and Rally Novice titles, and be on his way to his Dances with Dogs title.
We are proud to be only the second RR breeder/kennel in South Australia to have achieved a Grand.
We showed at just one show this weekend (on 19 April 2015) with only Georgie (Ch Mikozi Mischief Maker) entered - she won Best of Breed, and was shortlisted for Best in Group.
Gatto takes out Best of Breed at the Adelaide Plains Kennel & Obedience Club Shows on Saturday 11th April under Hound Specialist Judge Dr F McEvoy - see the lovely photograph of Gatto on his way to Best of Breed.
Gatto again takes Best of Breed on Sunday 12th April.
Happy Birthday to all the puppies from the Demi x Rocky litter, who turn 6 years old this month!
Gatto (Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN) attended his first Dances with Dogs Competition and came away with a Qualifying score - what a dog he is !
Mikozi had a very successful weekend at the prestigious Adelaide Hills Kennel Club Shows on 31st January and 1 February 2015.
"Georgie" - Ch Mikozi Mischief Maker - was only entered at one show and took out Best of Breed and *Intermediate in Group* under Judge Mr T Lim (Singapore)
Not to be outdone, at Sunday's show our beautiful boy "Gatto" - Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN was awarded Best of Breed and then * * Runner-Up Best in Group (Group 2) * * under Mr O Toyokawa (Japan)
We are so proud of Grace's (Ch Mikozi Sweet Sukari) two sons, having achieved excellent results in the 2014 DOL Pointscore.....
"Gatto" - Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN (sire Ch Chilolo Alaska Blue)
No 1 Rhodesian Ridgeback Show Dog of the Year SA (#10 Nationally)
No 1 Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Challenge SA (#6 Nationally)
"Lenny" - Neut Ch Mikozi Tell 'Em They're Dreamin (sire Sup Ch Elangeni Dream Run), owned and handled by Terry Jones
No 1 Rhodesian Ridgeback Neuter Competition SA (#2 Nationally)
Team Mikozi wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (from left to right) Esme, Dave, Gatto, Demi & Trader
On 14th December 2014 we celebrated the 9th birthday of Demi, Grace and Sadiki, from the first Mikozi litter. The three kids very much enjoyed their cake and biscuits !
On 2 November 2014 both Gatto and Dave achieved the final pass to obtain their "Rally Novice" obedience titles. Dave will now be known as "Ch Mikozi High Plains Drifter RN" and Gatto as "Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC RN".
Dave's effort was outstanding, obtaining his RN with scores of 90, 81 & 75 (and an extra run of 83). Gatto took a few more goes, but did well with scores of 79, 83 and today's 89.
We believe Gatto & Dave are the first male RR's in South Australia to obtain their Rally Novice Title !
Gatto (Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC) wins Runner-Up Best in Group (Group 2) under Ms F Darling (Paceaway).
At her first show back since the National, Georgie (Ch Mikozi Mischief Maker) gained the final points for her Champion Title under breed specialist Rosemary Green (Chilolo RR's). Georgie is our 9th conformation Champion (photo taken on the day below).
Lenny (Neut Ch Mikozi Tell 'Em They're Dreamin), owned & loved by Terry, is awarded Neuter in Group under Judge Rosemary Green, and goes on to win yet another Neuter in Show
At the Tracking Trial held on 17 August 2014, gorgeous Lizzie (Mikozi Rumour Has It) passed her 'Test 1' tracking test. Excellently handled by Rose, Lizzie tracked 400 metres to find Greg.
We look forward to Lizzie continuing her achievements in the 2015 tracking season.
11th RR National Show - August 2014
We travelled over 2,000 kilometres to attend the 11th RR National Speciality held in Queensland on 8-10th August 2014. We took five dogs with us, and following on from our Runner Up Best in Show at the 2012 National, we had fabulous success, with every one of our Mikozi Ridgebacks placed in huge classes.
The highlight for us was our beautiful "Demi" (Ch Mikozi Demerara ET) winning a very competitive Dam's Progeny. This was extra special as Demi's dam "Ashiki" won this award at the 2006 RR National. We are thrilled with these awards, acknowledging the consistent quality of our breeding program.
2014: Demi winning Dam's Progeny (with Dave & Georgie) 2006: Ashiki winning Dam's Progeny (with Demi & Grace)
Our other fantastic National results were:-
Gatto (Ch Mikozi Gracious Villain CGC) was awarded (over the Reserve Bitch) Open in Show
Dave (Ch Mikozi High Plains Drifter) placed 2nd (from 13) in Intermediate Dog class
Georgie (Mikozi Mischief Maker) placed 3rd (from 17) in Intermediate Bitch class
(thanks to Fran Parsons for this photograph)
Esme (NRUBISS Ch Mikozi Deja Vu AI ET TD) placed 3rd (from 6) in Neuter Bitch class