Jean-Claude' emulates the true foundation of the Kushinda Kennel breeding philosophy. Jean-Claude' is a second generation Kushinda dog
A deep red wheaten, liver nose, standing proud at 26 inches and weighing in at 85 pounds. Jean-Claude' is the "Fully Functional, MULTI-TITLED,
Jean-Claude's General Information
BODY TYPE: Compact
COAT COLOR: Red Wheaten
NOSE COLOR: Liver
PACK POSITION: Alpha Dog
SIRE:CH Mshindaji Rahisi Kushinda, JC, OFA-G"Rah"
DAM:FC Kushinda's Secret Spice of Wits, JC, SC, FCh, CGC/TDI, OFA-G "Spice"
DATE OF BIRTH: November 25, 1993
AKC #: HM50434801
BREEDER: Kimma B. & Kammi K. Hefner POB 21 Chambersburg, PA 17201
OWNER:Kimma B. & Kammi Kai Hefner POB 21 Chambersburg, PA 17201 (717) 267-2030
Jean-Claude's Sibiling Information
Brother: BIFF FC Kushinda's Design by K Kru, JC, SC, FCh "Theodore"
Brother: Kushinda's Rudy, CGC "Rudy"
Sister: Kushinda's Akcess to the Top, JC, SC "Abbie-Gail'"
Jean-Claude's Health Information
Jean-Claude has never been sick.
Jean-Claude's Breeding Information
Jean-Claude has been bred to ptd. Kushinda's Trouble on the Line, JC &
Kushinda's Rahisi Mafasa Shgns, JC, SC.
Jean-Claude's Career Information
Jean-Claude proved himself in the ring, earning his AKC Confirmation Championship title
We selected Jean-Claude from his litter when he was only five weeks old after chasing the moving spoon in the puppy
food saucer. At the tender age of six weeks he made his day beau on television with his brother Rudy (owned by Kathy
Strick who is just starting his coursing career) as a therapy puppy in training! He also loves to show and completed his
conformation championship with three, 4 point majors. But he lives to lure course, earning his prequalification certificate
on Nov 13, 1994. A fast maturing dog, he ran in his first trial that day and took Best of Breed. The chase instinct is innately
strong in Jean-Claude.
On the coursing field Jean-Claude is intent on catching the bunny, with good follow, enthusiasm, and great ability. He is a
short bodied dog with extraordinary muscle definition. He is very agile and demonstrating his ability the first time he ran at
"The Wall" (Coastal Corsers, New Windsor, MD). Here the dogs must jump, twist and turn sharpley while going down hill as
well as up hill. He has mastered these skills and now exhibits them daily in our backyard and on the coursing field. It has
been thrilling for us to watch him develop.
At home he is a true wonder, never ceasing to amaze us each day. He is not an alpha dog (leader of the pack) but has
learned to respect his Uncle DC Kushinda’s Ben (finishing #29 in ASFA) and is amiable with all the other males. A couch
potato by nature, he hates being cold. He is a protector in the true sense of the Ridgeback as he silently watches the
property and house.
Truly the test of the Functional Ridgeback is the ability to demonsatre his capacity for companionship and love to others
in need! Currently, Kushinda Dogs are responsble for nearly 1000 individual therapy visits a year! It is indeed a special
dog that will hunt the lion and kiss the face of a stranger! The majority of all bunny-related tropies/prizes won by Kushinda
are donated to Kammi’s Therapy Program and are eventually given to nursing home/hospital Residents at Easter each year.
Conditioning at Kushinda is one of our favorite past times, beginning with a special diet, daily exercise, regularly scheduled
practice sessions between trials, and a constant dedication to maintaining their physical and mental health. An overweight,
under toned, bored Ridgeback is unhealthy for coursing, and should not be run (even for practice) until this situation has
It is our opinion that Ridgebacks either possess the coursing instinct or they do not. You cannot teach them how to course.
If your puppy runs on the coursing field this will give you some idea if he has the coursing instinct. What we have taught them
is how to improve the desire they possess: give them ample opportunity to experience puppyhood first (physically and
mentally), teach them basic obedience (a Ridgeback that will come to you makes the sport very enjoyable for the owner),
and rigorously condition them (physically and mentally). Their instinct to chase must then be nurtured with constant training
and supervision as a coursing Ridgeback is likely to chase anything that moves. You must provide the proper environment,
love, companionship, and the opportunity! It has been a truly amazing experience blazing the trail for the coursing Ridgeback.
Jean Claude’s Grandsire, Ch Mshindaji’s Rahisi of Kushinda earned his JC when he was eight years old and is the sire of
the top winning lue coursing Ridgeback in the history of the breed, MBIF DC Red Chisel ‘s Plum Bobbi, LCM4. The first and
only Ridgeback having earned an LCM2, LCM3, and LCM4.
Jean Claude’s sire TikTok and dam Spice are both avid lure coursers. His father Kushinda’s Rahisi TikTok Jasri, FCh, CD,
SC, CGC/TDI is truly the all round performance dog! Tikker is an alpha dog ready for the challenge in whatever manner it
manifests itself! His mother FC Kushinda’s Secret Spice, CGC/TDI OFA-G AKC#4 is a quick courser with the ability to make
His brother BIF Kushinda's Design by K Kru (Theodore), FCh ranks #7 in ASFA & #5 in AKC. His half sister MBIF FC Kushinda’s
Archive Angel, LCM (Gwen) ranks #2 in ASFA & #2 in AKC. Both dogs having been conditioned at Kushinda have the
everlasting endurance required to earned BIF with 5-6 runs in a single day!
In 1995 Jean-Claude ran in 14 trials (6 ASFA and 8 AKC) ranking #9 for AKCand #18 for RRCUS (The Rhodesian Ridgeback
Club ofthe United States). For 1996 Jean-Claude holds the #1 position in ASFA, AKC and RRCUS. 1997 brings a new
competitive year for Jean-Claude in lure coursing as well as few vistits to the obedience ring!
He is truly the fully-Functional performance Ridgeback as well as a wonderful, loving pet!
He is pictured (taken by Bonnie Johnson) here at Allentown, PA at the 1996 RRCUS 65th
National Specialty with 137 dogs in competition. Where he took BOB under judges Denise Como and Larry Flynn.
Kimma B. & Kammi K. Hefner are members in good standing with the Rhodesian
Ridgeback Club of the United States.
Jean-Claude's Pedigree Information
Jean-Claude's pedigree is provided by
Pedigree Online Search Tool (POST) courtesy Meandu Ridgebacks.
Other pedigree-related information may be requested by contacting Kushinda.