Dog Breed profiles

Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Profile

Rhodesian Ridgeback fact file

KC Group: hound
Size: large
Good with children?: not recommended
Exercise requirement: lots
Good guard dogs?: yes
Moulting level: low
Grooming: little
Jogging partner: yes

An African hound of great endurance and fortitude, Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to be fast and strong enough to survive amongst the claws and horns of Savannah wildlife. Now prized in the U.S. and Canada as a breed capable of hunting bears.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Character

Courageous and focused when working, calm and gentle whilst relaxing. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are excellent guard dogs but do require consistent training, especially to avoid any dominance issues arising.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Size

An ideal size of between 63-69cm is specified in the Breed Standard.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Health

A breed affected by Hip Dysplasia but more seriously a condition called Dermoid Sinus, a cyst along the spine. This can be screened for at birth and surgery is available. Dogs who have been affected should not be bred from to maintain the integrity of the line.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Special Care

As a large, energetic dog you must make sure you have the time and space to train and exercise them properly as they do not respond well to boredom and harsh control.

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