- AKC recognized in 1955
- Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate*
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The Rhodesian Ridgeback originates in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
Its breeding history can be traced back to the mid-17th century. Early pioneers of Cape Colony in South Africa crossed their dogs with the ridged hunting dogs belonging to the Khoikhoi people.
By the 1860s, European settlers came with several hunting dog breeds like the Great Dane, Greyhound, etc. They bred those breeds with the indigenous African dogs, including the one from the Khoikhoi people. The result is the predecessor of the modern Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
This dog is bred for working and hunting. People keep them to guard their livestock against predators like lions. That’s how it got its other name: African lion dog. They are able to engage lions while waiting for the owner to come and kill them. Due to this ability, they used to hunt lions until this act became illegal.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Rhodesian Ridgeback in 1955.
These medium energy dogs are known as affectionate, dignified, and even-tempered. They are very loyal to their families. They are quite protective without being aggressive.
Barking or growling is not the method they will use first. Instead, they will put their muscular body between the owner and the potential threat.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has high tolerance toward children, but not with other dogs, strangers, and smaller animals (except for family pets they have grown with). Hence, they will require early training with strict supervision.
They are only for assertive pet owners. Well-trained Rhodesian Ridgebacks can be a great companion with useful skills. In contrast, the untrained one will be dominant and pushy. That makes them unable to become everyone’s pet.
This breed is a big eater. The owners must provide food with proper portions to prevent obesity.
The Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a strong and muscular body.
They have a great endurance and fair speed.
Their height averages are 25-27” (male) and 24-26” (female). Their weight is 85lbs (male) and 70lbs (female).
This dog is well-known for the unique feature of ridge hair on its back. It runs the opposite way from the rest of the coat along its spine. Their coat is very short and smooth. They are generally available in colors like light wheaten and red wheaten. Some of them have white markings on the chest and toes.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks do shed seasonally, but they only need minimal grooming. You can brush and bathe them weekly combined with regular nail trimming and teeth brushing.
These medium energy dogs require between 30-60 minutes of daily activity. Once you bring Rhodesian Ridgeback to your home, it is recommended that you train them immediately.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends a 42” dog crate* for most adult Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
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