Shaab is our resident male at Kushika and his relaxed attitude and fantastic temperament makes him a pleasure to live with. Slow to mature, and with many Reserve Challenges under his belt, Shaab starting gaining points towards his title in late 2006. Winning multiple Best of Breed awards from Breed Specialists along the way, Shaab gained his Australian Champion title in June 2008, and with only limited showing in recent years has amassed well over 300 points. In the winter of 2009 he completed his 20km endurance trial, actually finishing the course with a slower heart rate that his resting rate, proving that Ridgebacks are not just dogs...they are machines!
In more recent years Shaab has gone on to achieve the highest of breed awards in the Specialist and Hound rings, most notable of which was winning BEST IN SHOW at the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Western Australia Specialty Show 2010 under Breed Specialist Mr Eddie Patterson (Ireland). The following day Shaab went on to win BEST OF BREED and cut to final 8 for BEST IN SHOW at the Hound Club of Western Australia 50th Anniversary Show under Mr G Hill (UK). 2011 again saw Shaab in line for top honours, winning Challenge Dog and Runner Up of Breed at the Royal Adelaide Show under acclaimed judge Mrs F Sommerfield (UK), and in 2012 as he enters his veteran years Shaab was Opposite Australian Bred in Show at the 10th National Specialty in Sydney. Winning his Class at the 10th National in 2012 and having placed well in his classes in the previous 2 National Specialties [2010 & 2006] Shaab has certainly shown us that like many fine things, he is getting better and better with age.
- Best Veteran in Show at the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Inc Specialty Show, September 2013. Judge Mr J P Achtergael [Belgium]
- Best Veteran Overall 7-10 Years at the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Inc Specialty Show, September 2013. Judge Mr J P Achtergael [Belgium]
- Best Veteran Male 7-10 Years at the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Inc Specialty Show, September 2013. Judge Mr J P Achtergael [Belgium]
- Opposite Australian Bred in Show at the 10th National Rhodesian Ridgeback Specialty, [hosted by the RR Club Inc.] Sydney 2012
- Opposite Australian Bred in Show - RRCSA Championship Specialty 2011 under Breed Specialist Mrs D Redman [Shelridge, Aus]
- Runner up of Breed and Dog Challenge at the Royal Adelaide Show 2011 - Judge Mrs F Sommerfield [UK]
- Best of Breed & Cut to final 8 for Best in Show - Hound Club of Western Australia 40th Anniversary Show - Judge Mr G Hill [UK]
- BEST IN SHOW - Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Western Australia Specialty Show 2010 under Breed Specialist Mr E Patterson [Rocksham, Ireland]
- 2nd Australian Bred Dog - 9th National Rhodesian Ridgeback Specialty Show [hosted by RRCSA], May 2010
- Reserve Challenge Dog - Royal Adelaide Show 2009
- Gained his Endurance Title 2009
- Gained his Australian Champion title 2006
- Multiple Class in Group [Championship Show]
- 4th Baby Puppy Dog - 8th National Rhodesian Ridgeback Specialty Show [hosted by RRCQLD], 2006 under Breed Specialist Mr A Edwards [Lynovelt, Ireland]