The Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is another popular Hound Dog Breed. They were bred in South Africa in the 1800’s. They were bred to be able to handle hot and cold temperatures and to work as large game hunters. They are capable of using sight or scent for hunting tasks.

Personality and Attitude

The Ridgeback is a great protector and watchdog. They are reserved with strangers and can be dominant towards other dogs. But these traits can be minimized or reduced with good training and early socialization. Without good training they can be stubborn and domineering, so get them into training as soon as you can.

If you have children this breed will be protective of them. But their size and occasionally energetic nature can be a concern with smaller children who could easily be knocked over by this larger breed

Size and appearance

This is a larger breed of dog that is recognizable by its distinctive ridge of hair growing along the top of their back in the opposite direction.

They weigh up to 90 pounds and stand 24 to 28 inches tall. Their coats are short and smooth and are usually a light wheaten or red wheaten color.

Health and Lifespan

Overall this is a healthy breed of dog that will live 10-12 years with proper veterinary care, good nutrition and regular exercise (they need a regular walk).

Like many large dogs they can suffer from elbow dysplasia.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is among the most popular dog breeds (click here for more)

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