Description: A Rhodesian Ridgebacks uniqueness is the ridge on the back, formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong, muscular and active dog, symmetrical in outline and capable of great endurance with speed.
Other Names: African Lion Hound
Type: Sighhound and Pariah
Height: 24 - 27 inches
Weight: 65 - 85 lbs.
Colors: Light wheaten to red wheaten.
Coat: Short, dense, sleek and glossy.
Temperament: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are friendly, obedient
With Children: Yes, as long as they are not pestered.
With Pets: Needs socialization when young to accept cats, dogs and other pets.
Special Skills: Hunting dog, watch dog and family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming of the Rhodesian Ridgebacks 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. Loves to swim.
Training: Rhodesian Ridgebacks need a consistent and equable approach to training. Intelligent but stubborn. Start training when they are 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 for the Rhodesian Ridgeback in an urban environment. Rhodesian Ridgebacks thrives in a large property where they can patrol theirs home ground. The owner of a Rhodesian 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 they were once called the Lion Dog as they would hunt lions and other big game in packs. Rhodesian Ridgebacks were developed from crossing the local dog (the African Hottentot Hunting Dog) who had a distinctive ridge of hair growing in the reverse direction along their back to the Pointer, Mastiff, Greyhound and Bulldog.
First Registered by the AKC: 1955
AKC Group: Hound Group
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 6), KC (GB), UKC