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Rhodesian Ridgeback Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Rhodesian Ridgeback so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginZimbabwe
Group Hunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Rhodesian Ridgeback have? The dog breed also known as...
African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Rhodesian Ridgeback recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Rhodesian Ridgeback recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubRhodesian Ridgeback Club Of The US
Price
How much does the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Rhodesian Ridgeback price:
$900-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Rhodesian Ridgeback, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Rhodesian Ridgeback for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Rhodesian Ridgeback gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Rhodesian Ridgeback size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Rhodesian Ridgeback weigh? Rhodesian Ridgeback weight:
Male: 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg), Female: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Rhodesian Ridgeback? Rhodesian Ridgeback average weight:
Male: 85 pounds (38.5 kg), Female: 70 pounds (31.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Rhodesian Ridgeback? Rhodesian Ridgeback height:
Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Rhodesian Ridgeback average height:
Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Rhodesian Ridgeback have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Rhodesian Ridgeback's coat?
GoldenRedWhiteGrayWheaten
Grooming
How to groom the Rhodesian Ridgeback and how often?
Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the African Lion Dog? Rhodesian Ridgeback shedding level:
Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Rhodesian Ridgeback have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DignifiedLoyalSensitiveIntelligentMischievousStrongWilled
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Rhodesian Ridgeback? Are they intelligent?
Average: Rhodesian Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Rhodesian Ridgeback sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Rhodesian Ridgebacks don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the African Lion Dog need? Rhodesian Ridgeback social needs:
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs bark a lot? Why does my African Lion Hound bark?
Low to Average: The Rhodesian Ridgeback rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Rhodesian Ridgeback good as a watchdog?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Rhodesian Ridgeback bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the African Lion Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Rhodesian Ridgeback? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Rhodesian Ridgeback do?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Rhodesian Ridgebacks need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Rhodesian Ridgeback to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Rhodesian Ridgeback roam?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Rhodesian Ridgeback have high prey drive?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Rhodesian Ridgeback good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Rhodesian Ridgeback and children:
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Rhodesian Ridgeback good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks good office dogs? Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks make good office friendly dogs? Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks be ofiice dogs?
No
Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the African Lion Dog temperament with senior people? Are Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs good for elderly owners?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs get along with other pets? Are Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Rhodesian Ridgeback breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Rhodesian Ridgeback be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Rhodesian Ridgeback be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Rhodesian Ridgeback be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Rhodesian Ridgeback be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Rhodesian Ridgeback be a boat dog?
Not really
Rhodesian Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Rhodesian Ridgeback be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs have health problems?
Egészségesek Rhodesian Ridgeback fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed? Health risks of Rhodesian Ridgeback:
Dermoid SinusElbow DysplasiaHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Rhodesian Ridgeback be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed hypoallergenic?
No
Rhodesian Ridgebacks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Rhodesian Ridgeback have?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs require per day?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Rhodesian Ridgeback need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 2 3/4 to 4 3/8 cups of a high-quality daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Rhodesian Ridgeback risk for obesity:
Average. The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Rhodesian Ridgeback's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Rhodesian Ridgeback drool?
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Rhodesian Ridgeback could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Rhodesian Ridgeback. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Rhodesian Ridgeback: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Rhodesian Ridgeback have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Rhodesian Ridgeback have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Rhodesian Ridgeback

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Rhodesian Ridgebacks adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Rhodesian Ridgebacks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Rhodesian Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Rhodesian Ridgebacks do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Rhodesian Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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