Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The “Rhodesian Ridgeback” name comes from the ridge that runs down their spine. The ridge comes from their heritage of being a mix of European hunting dogs and African dogs who also have a distinctive ridge.

They were bred in Africa to be a hunter and home guardian, but nowadays rather than hunting the African planes they’ll enjoy a warm spot on your sofa!

Size and life

Height – 25 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder.

Weight – 70-85 lbs

Life Span – 10 – 12 years

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A Rhodesian Ridgeback is an independent and intelligent breed. Like any breed it is advised to to begin training them early to consolidate those basic commands. Whilst training be firm, but not harsh else it could result in resentment.

With their breeds nature they require moderate exercise, a couple of 15-20 minute walks a day is ideal.  Due to the breeds characteristics pf being keen hunters depending on how well they’re trained it is advised to keep them on a lead in open areas. If they see a cat, rabbit or even a bike in some cases they could chase after them!

When it comes to barking they are relatively quiet, however when they do bark it tends to be at something important. Like any breed if they get bored due to a lack of exercise or playtime then they can become a constant barker as they have nothing else to do.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is tolerant with children of all ages, teaching how to approach and interact with your dog is advised, supervising any interaction between your dog and young kids is always advised with any breed. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is fine with any other pet if they’re raised with them. In some cases a non neutered males can become aggressive to other males. Like any breed it is advised to socialise them from when they’re a puppy to get them used to different new animals and noises.

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When it comes to maintenance the Rhodesian Ridgeback is fairly low maintenance. Give them a good brush weekly to remove loose or dead hair, and then wipe them down with a damp cloth. Like any breed it is advised to brush their teeth at least once or twice to prevent the build up of tartar or bacteria. In terms of their nails if you can hear them clicking on the floor then they’re too long. By having shorter nails it will keep the feet in good condition and won’t get caught and tear.

A top tip is to start grooming from an early age to get your puppy used to it. Handle their paws frequently as some dogs can be very temperamental about their feet. Look inside their mouth and ears too. Be sure to make the grooming experience positive use lots of praise and rewards.

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