Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:African Lion Hound
  • Size:Large
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Low/Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walking and running
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:High, guard dog
  • Good with Children:Yes, when brought up with them
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 85; Female: 70 lbs
  • Height:Male: 25-27; Female: 24-26 inches
  • Coat Colour:Light wheaten to red wheaten; nose can be black, brown or liver

Rhodesian Ridgeback Coat

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a very distinct marking along his back, which is created by hair that grows in the opposite direction. Coat is short, dense, and should remain glossy and sleek. Silky coat not desired.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Character

Rhodesian Ridgebacks do well with other animals if given the proper socialization at an early stage, although not recommended for a home with small children. Learning quickly, this intelligent dog is protective of his owner and territory. Should not be left unsupervised for long periods of time as they have the tendency to become destructive.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Temperament

This hunting breed does well in home life, and is very loyal. An overall good companion and is very straightforward. The Rhodesian Ridgeback can be shy and reserved around strangers, and needs extensive obedience training. Rather strong and wilful, this breed shows his best and true colours in a somewhat secluded environment.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Care

Average shedding, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is easy to groom. A wipe down with a washcloth or dry towel will suffice and remove some loose hair. Bathing only when necessary, this breed's coat does not trap dirt well and is generally clean.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Activity

This tireless dog will be sure to keep you on your feet. Very active, playful, and energetic, the Rhodesian Ridgeback would make a great jogging companion or running along side a bike. They have great stamina and do very well on long walks or a free roam in a yard or park. Should have at least an average sized yard.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is around 12 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes thyroid problems, cancer, cataracts, deafness, HD, dermoid sinus, and bloat. The parents of the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.