Thinking about purchasing an Rhodesian Ridgeback? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Rhodesian Ridgeback owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Rhodesian Ridgeback and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Rhodesian Ridgeback and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Rhodesian Ridgeback Profile
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: Sighhound and Pariah
Height: 24 - 27
wheaten to red wheaten.
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 prey drive.
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.
Rhodesian Ridgeback 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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