Hvirvelvinden is a responsible and loving breeder of the African Lion Dog – the Rhodesian Ridgeback.


Kennel Hvirvelvinden is dedicated to the conservation and promotion of the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed. Hvirvelvinden was officially founded as a kennel under the auspices of the Danish Kennel Club in 2020, but was formed as an idea back in 2017.

The Ridgebacks have been part of the family for a decade and part of the plans since sometime in the 90s. This is a tale of an all-consuming and life-changing love and a dream that has finally come true in the form of a kennel.

On this site you can read more about the kennel and our dogs.


Hvirvelvinden is an official DKK and FCI approved kennel name [documentation]. FCI is “Fédération Cynologique Internationale” also referred to as the World Canine Organisation. You can read more about FCI HERE.

Before you can even apply for a kennel name, you must have followed and passed the Danish Kennel Club’s breeder education, after which you can call yourself a DKK-trained breeder [documentation].

You can read more about DKK (The Danish Kennel Club) HERE.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Klubben Danmark RRK
Medlem af RRK
Hvirvelvinden Rhodesian Ridgeback er medlem af dansk kennel klub DKK
Medlem af DKK
DKK-uddannet opdrætter
Hvirvelvinden er et FCI-godkendt kennelmærke
FCI-godkendt kennelmærke



The goal is to breed gorgeous and powerful dogs with both intelligence and character. Unsurpassed health and excellent temperament are a given goal, of course! There are no guarantees when it comes to breeding and matchmaking but being selective when it comes to health and performance goes a long way and each match is an opportunity to learn more.

With regards to temperament, we adhere to the official breed description of a dog that is dignified, aloof with strangers but loving with family members. Watchful but never aggressive. 

In short: a loving and curious dog with lots of juice and power combined with both grace and speed. Dogs from Hvirvelvinden must be vigilant, but friendly and sensible. They must have healthy hunting instincts but able to learn self-control. They must be able to alternate effortlessly between being playful and active and being calm and gentle – depending on the situation.


Hvirvelvinden is DKK trained and tested and approved by FCI. This gives anyone interested in becoming a puppy owner or engaging with us otherwise a certain guarantee, since we are responsible for the rules that exist in the area.

Apart from the fact that we only breed on genetically healthy dogs, avoid inbreeding and are closely followed by veterinarians throughout the process, we also do not compromise on a very important component of breeding, namely “match-making”. In short, the art is to make sure that breeding animals match in both temperament and appearance – in addition to health. The same match-making goals extend to finding the best possible forever homes for the puppies.

Although Hvirvelvinden is a newly started kennel, we have over 20 years of experience with breeding, just in the horse world. The farm also house our brood mares, which are part of the breeding programme for Engholm Icelandic Horses.


Dea Vemming, indehaver, Kennel Hvirvelvinden Rhodesian Ridgeback

Greetings, visitors!

Welcome to Hvirvelvinden Rhodesian Ridgeback! My name is Dea and I am the founder of kennel Hvirvelvinden.

The reason why I am sitting here today in a good mood – despite the fact that I suffer from a chronic pain condition – has four strong paws and a heart of the purest gold. His name is Hannibal and he was my first Rhodesian Ridgeback. That’s him sitting with me in the picture. He carried me through the most difficult time in my life after an open back surgery where I lost my mobility. Luckily I got it back with Hannibal’s loving help and support.

Since then, Nubia has joined us, and what a party we have had! She is a little whirlwind, a firecracker, a comedian and a cornucopia of love and kisses. Now we cannot even imagine life without her!

I wish for all interested parties that they, too, can have such a great friend that I have two of. Hannibal is neutered, but Nubia is intact and approved for breeding. She is in full agreement that – when the time comes – she will pass on her unique qualities, appearance as well as glorious and fun temperament. We look forward to welcoming you to our little family here in Hvirvelvinden!

Photo: fonnesbo.dk

Warm regards, Dea