Imanje Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Rhodesian Ridgebacks 

Welcome to our website and the home of Imanje Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

We are Avril Young and David Brien and we live in Midlothian, Scotland.

Our journey into the world of RRs started in 2007 where we began researching the breed. After much deliberation, we set out to find a little boy to join our family, and our paths crossed with the Jengachenga Kennel

....and there it all began.....

We are proud to share our lives with our 3 ridgebacks:

. our cheeky girl, Sifa, Jengachenga Bold As Brass for Imanje JW, ShCM, born in September 2009;

our sensitive girl, Inca, Veldtkammer Hot News at Jengachange born in October 2010; 

and last but by no means least -

our only homebred girl, Mika, Imanje Msitu Mashamba, born August 2013

However, our journey into the world of Ridgebacks began with our special boy, Loki

Jengachenga Atsma for Imanje ShCM, who was born in December 2007 and sadly left us in August 2018.

We enjoy a wide variety of activities with our gang: see our Meet the Gang page for more info

What's in a name:  Imanje

We chose our affix because of Loki’s love of swimming (which has continued to be a passion for our gang). Our home is not the same without our dogs and they certainly prove Imanje's Wisdom true!

In African mythology the Goddess Imanje rules the waters of the world, nothing can live without her, and for this reason among others, she is known as the Queen of the World and regulates night and day, the tides and rain.  She is also the goddess of home, fertility, love and family - bringing forth life, protecting it, and changing it as is necessary. She is also the goddess of comfort and inspiration. She reminds us that even the worst catastrophes can be endured and that, with her help, we can learn to negotiate the ebbs and flows of change in our lives with her wisdom, courage, and grace.

Imanje's Wisdom:

I nurture, heal, touch, bless, comfort and make whole that which is incomplete

To see photos of our gang in the showring, check out their albums in the Photo Gallery section and for videos search for Avril Young - Imanje Ridgebacks on You Tube.


We will only plan a litter of puppies if we wish to add a new family member to our gang. We will ensure that any sire chosen meets our ideal of a ridgeback: sound temperament, confident, loving and loyal; we will also ensure that they meet the breed standard and have acceptable results to all relevant health checks.

Our puppies will be very special to us and we hope that they will be a part of our extended family for their lifetime. We will support any new owner before, during and after they home a puppy from us, and our puppies will always have a home with us should the unfortunate need arise.  Our puppies come with breeding restrictions and our puppies sold as family pets first and foremost.

If you would like to be considered for an Imanje puppy, please feel free to contact us to discuss this further.  All potential owners are welcome (if not encouraged) to come and visit our gang and will be invited to visit the litter on a regular basis to get to know the puppies before heading off with their forever friend.

We are currently not breeding from our dogs/bitches as we are having too much fun in our chosen activities!

(photo:  Jengachenga Bold As Brass for Imanje JW ShCM with her litter by CH Mwenga Hasani of Jengachenga, Aug 2013)

C O N T A C T   U S

Feel free to contact us ([email protected]) if you wish to discuss our Ridgebacks or any aspect of being owned by one! (if we can't help, we will be happy to point you in the direction of someone who can).


We hope you enjoy reading about our very special friends in the pages to follow.......

* join us on facebook by searching for Avril Young (Imanje) or Imanje Rhodesian Ridgebacks
* Link to Avril's You Tube chanel