Irish- Ridgebacks do NOT make good outside dogs. They really need to live in the house with the family. Ours (we currently have three) are very spoiled. They don't sleep in bed with us, um, exactly, lol, but they do all crawl in with me for a cuddle after hubby gets up in the morning. Of course, you don't HAVE to spoil them that much, we have just chosen to with ours.Do you keep it in the house?