Dog Profiles - Description of Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Description: A Rhodesian Ridgeback's uniqueness is the ridge on the back, formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. A strong muscular and active dog, symmetrical outline and capable of great endurance with speed.

Height: 24-27 inches

Weight: 65-85 lbs.

Colors: Light wheaten to red wheaten.

Coat: Short, dense, sleek and glossy.

Temperament: Friendly, obedient. Good with children as long as they are not pestered. Needs socialization when young to accept cats, dogs and other pets. Good hunting dog, watch dog, and family pet.

Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming of his short coat is required. Brush with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. Needs a great amount of exercise as he has tremendous stamina. Loves to swim.

Training: Needs a consistent and equable approach to training. Intelligent but stubborn. Start training when he is young and easy to manage. Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Low. Problem Solving: High.

Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - Very High

Living Environment: A fenced yard is essential in an urban environment. Thrives in a large property where he can patrol his home ground. The owner of a Ridgeback should be able to control a large, independent, athletic dog.

Health Issues: Hip irregularities, sinus problems, osteochondrosis.

Life Span: 12 Years

Litter Size: 7-8

Country of Origin: Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)

History: Named after the country of Rhodesia which is now Zimbabwe he was once called the Lion Dog as he would hunt lions and other big game in packs. Developed from crossing the local dog (the African Hottentot Hunting Dog) who had a distinctive ridge of hair growing in the reverse direction along his back to the Pointer, Mastiff, Greyhound and Bulldog.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 6), KC(GB), UKC