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Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies
Description: A Rhodesian Ridgeback's uniqueness is the ridge of the back, formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. This unique feature only shows up on two other dog breeds, and begins with two whorls of fur starting at the top of the ridge. These dogs are medium to large sized, but without any cumbersome movement. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong, muscular and active dog, symmetrical in outline and capable of great endurance and speed. They are very fast, running down whatever prey may come into their gaze. When they are alert, their brown is wrinkled and the ears perk, but are always dropped. They can be wheaten, cream, golden, red or brown. Sometimes they have a dark muzzle. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not only attractive in looks, but personality as well. They are kind and friendly, but very protective of their owners. They would fight to the death if needed, and are very loyal. They get along well with most people, though they do have a limit to their kindness when being pestered. The Rhodesian Ridgeback makes a most honorable companion, in both hunting and friendship alike.
Other Names: African Lion Hound, African Lion Dog, Rhodesian Lion Dog (previously)
Type: Sighthound and Pariah
Height: 24 -
wheaten to red wheaten.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are friendly and obedient. They are good natured
and friendly, but are also good guard dogs and watch dogs. Rhodesian Ridgebacks
are laid back, devoted, and very intelligent. They can be rather independent,
so training can be challenging. But once trained, they are obedient. They
are good with children but not so good with smaller pets, as they have a high
Watch-dog: Very High.
Care and Exercise:
Minimal grooming of the Rhodesian Ridgeback's short coat is required.
Brush with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. Rhodesian
Ridgebacks need a great amount of exercise as they have tremendous stamina.
They love to swim.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Very High.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, dermoid sinus, and osteochondrosis.
Life Span: 9 -
12 years, though some have lived to 16.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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