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Rhodesian Ridgeback: Origin, Personality, Training
Group: AKC Hound,
AKC Ranking: 54
Also Known As:
About Rhodesian Ridgeback
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Rhodesian Ridgeback,
the only known breed to have originated in
South Africa, is said to have descended from
native ridged dogs crossed to various continental
breeds. They combined Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds,
Bloodhounds, Terriers, and other breeds with
the half-wild Hottentot hunting breed to create
the Ridgeback. Its standard, fixed in Rhodesia,
dates from 1922.
It is not known definitely when
this dog was first introduced into the United States.
A few were imported prior to 1940, possibly as early
as 1912. However, after World War II (between 1946
and 1955 -- when the breed was recognized by AKC),
quite a large number of these dogs were imported, not only into the United States, but also
into England and Canada.
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A General Appearance of
A Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large,
tenacious, muscular, active dog, symmetrical in
outline, and capable of great endurance. This tall,
strong breed is solid in color with some dark grey
or black shading on the muzzle and ears in some
dogs. Their head is wide at the ears with a proportionately
long muzzle. Their ears are large and soft and hang
down. The tail is long and balances the height of
the dog. Eyes are expressive and keenly aware of
slight movements both near and far.
The ridge on his back is his trademark.
It should be clearly defined by the hairs growing
in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat.
Solid light or red wheaten body
with same color nose, or black or brown nose. There
is some dark grey or black shading on the muzzle
and ears in some dogs.
This dog’s coat is short,
dense, sleek and glossy.
Temperament of the Dog
This breeds are clean dogs, easily
kept, and never noisy or quarrelsome. Their general
good nature, desire to please and liking for children
have made them a fine choice for watchdog and family
pet. They have a pack instinct and need the closeness
of family or other large pets to keep them happy.
They can be very obedient if training is started
early and reinforced. If, on the other hand, this
large dog is not trained, he can become difficult
and oblivious to your call.
As puppies they can be come quite
destructive with their chewing and need to have
special toys offered to keep them satisfied until
this passes. Crate training is highly recommended
to keep both the dog and its surroundings safe until
They have a high regard for their
home and territory and will keep it well patrolled
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Large yards are best for this
breed but apartment living is not out of the question
since they are quiet indoors. Regular walks on lead
will be required if no yard is available and joggers
would be delighted by their stamina.
The Ridgeback is an extremely
clean dog with little odor and minimal shedding.
Its short, dense coat sheds little. In general,
a Ridgeback kept indoors sheds a little all year
round, whereas an outside one will experience seasonal
shedding. They do not drool, except in anticipation
of food. They are generally easy to housetrain and
are not overactive in the house. They will take
over the furniture unless their owners discourage
this habit from puppy hood. A happily wagging tail
will easily clear a low coffee table of its contents.
Are they suited to homes
Intelligent, loyal and loving,
make this a great pet for families with children.
Their protective instincts make them good watchdogs
but can leave them distant to strangers.
They can be good with cats if brought up with them,
but fiercely effective in defending their territory
from stray dogs and cats. The Ridgeback is an excellent
natural watchdog and family protector, requiring
only that the owner has control over it.
Due to its large size, younger
and more excitable Ridgebacks may knock over smaller
children by accident.
How Active is the Breed?
These dogs have great stamina
and you will tire long before they do. They need
to be taken on daily, long and brisk walks or jogs.
In addition, the breed needs plenty of opportunity
to run, preferably off the leash in a safe, well-fenced
area. If these dogs are allowed to get bored, and
are not walked or jogged daily, they can become
destructive and start to display a wide array of
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
When going through teething periods,
at 6 weeks to about 4-½ months and again
at around 8 to 10 months. Ridgebacks can be quite
destructive if not provided with things that you
want them to chew on, such as safe and fun toys,
bones, a Kong® etc. Crate training may be essential
in order to keep unsupervised, adolescent Ridgebacks
Like any medium-large dog, Ridgebacks
need exercise -- a daily romp in the back yard or
park and a couple of longer trips to the park per
week should be sufficient. More would be better,
but Ridgebacks do adapt to their people.
The smooth, short-haired coat
is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush
and shampoo only when necessary. A chamois will
keep the coat glossy. Keep the nails clipped every
two weeks if the dog is not walking on pavement.
This breed is an average shedder, depending if it
is outside most of the time or alternating from
inside to outside.
Professional bathing may be required
because of their size and weight and should be done
The dog can withstand very high
temperatures and the damp cold of night. They are
insensitive to insect bites and can go without food
and water for over 24 hours. Despite these strengths,
the breed does suffer from Hip Dysplasia and Dermoid
Breeding the Dog and any
Consult with your breeder to determine
the best breeding mate for your pet. Generally the
breed is an easy and consistent whelper.
Life Span: 10-12
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US – Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United
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