Dog Breed profiles
Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Profile
Rhodesian Ridgeback fact file
KC Group: hound
Good with children?: not recommended
Exercise requirement: lots
Good guard dogs?: yes
Moulting level: low
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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