Welcome to Tifari Rhodesian Ridgebacks

The name "Tifari " is Swahili and means "one who inspires." Our dogs inspire us to do more with them, and with life, so we are a kennel known for it's performance and versatility. Not only do we have beautiful dogs, but they are intelligent and willing to work for us. Our Ridgebacks are members of our family first and foremost, but together we also enjoy competing actively in Agility, Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Therapy Work, and Lure-Coursing. Tifari has been extremely successful and we can proudly say we have had dogs on all the top 20 lists, in performance and conformation rankings! Tifari has been in the ridgeback fancy for over 15 years, and breeding for more than 10 years. We now have two Tifari Locations, Michigan and Texas. Together, we work towards the goal of owning versatile ridgebacks and occasionally producing beautiful pups with sound health and temperaments. We hope they will provide their new homes with the same love and fulfillment that we have found with our dogs. Our ridgebacks can also be found visiting classrooms of all ages to help teach canine safety and awareness to children. We also attend many rescue animal fund-raiser events to help raise money and educate the public on ridgebacks. Enjoy the website and feel free to contact us with any questions.

  • AKC
  • Detroit Kennel Club 2013
    Rowan, Henry, Piper, Foosa, and Kamau
  • Piper
    1st Place Brood Bitch
  • Best In Show
    for Stryker-2012
  • Foosa x Aladdin Pups
    2008 Litter
  • Foosa & Piper
    Win at the 2011 National Specialty
  • Dallas x Rylee Pups
    2012 Litter
  • Christmas 2011
    Piper, Rowan, and Henry in their coats.
  • Dexter x Piper Pups
    2013 litter
  • Foosa
    Best of breed!
  • Henry & Ruby
    Endurance Trial Qualifiers
  • Springtime fun
    Ayla, Juno, Rowan, and Henry
  • 3 dogs
    Dagan, Foosa, and Piper
  • Fiona, Stryker, and Ruby
  • Hudzon x Piper
    2012 Litter
  • Ramsay
    Moving out in Monroe
  • Foosa X Captain Pups!
    The Cuteness cannot be Stopped!
  • Samson
    7 weeks old!
  • Rogue & Rowan
    Littermates, first Win
  • Rylee X Hondo Pups!
    2011 litter
  • Molson
    7 Weeks old!
  • Foosa x Cooper Pups
    2010 Litter
  • Piper
    Going over the Panel Jump!
  • Rylee
    Champion Photo
  • Ginger and Rylee
    Mother and Daughter
  • Ozzy
    9 weeks old
  • Out Hiking
    Ayla, Piper, Rowan and Henry
  • Texas Gang
    Rylee, Ginger, Dexter and Rogue
  • Piper, Rowan, & Ruby
    at Cobo-2012


  • AKC Silver Breeder of Merit
  • Member of The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of The United States (RRCUS)
  • Member of The Raisin River Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Michigan
  • RRCUS NUMBER #1 Owner-Handler 2014
  • Top Twenty RRCUS Agility 2005, 2007, & 2008
  • Top 10 RRCUS Obedience 2008 & 2019
  • Top Twenty RRCUS Overall Obedience 2006, 2007 & 2010
  • Top Twenty RRCUS Novice Obedience 2009
  • Top 20 ASFA Lure Coursing 2010
  • RRCUS 2010 & 2018 #3 Brood Bitch (tie)
  • RRCUS Top 25 Owner/Handler 2007-2014, 2017
  • Home of 6 RRCUS Versatility Titled Dogs
  • Two Register of Merit Dams
  • 2017 RRCUS CGC Trophy Winner
  • 2009 & 2016 National Specialty Triathalon Triple Qualifier
  • 2012 UKC BEST IN SHOW Winner

  Check out this Great Video of a Tifari Puppy "Mc"  and his "Dreams"

  Check out this Great Video of a Tifari Puppy "Samson"  and his "Fun of Sam"