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Rhodesian Ridgeback





The dog has an enviable mind; it remembers the nice things in life and quickly blots out the nasty." 
- Barbara Woodhouse, Irish author and dog trainer

Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy

Mahoganyrun Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy

Rhodesian Ridgeback adult
Ch Mahoganyrun's Doc Halliday

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a unique dog. He is the only breed to hail from South Africa. 

Cornelius van Rooyen, a big-game hunter, developed the Rhodesian Ridgeback to hunt lions in the late 1800s. 

Typically working in pairs, the dogs would harass and goad a lion to keep it off balance until hunters arrive with their rifles.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is also one of only two breeds to have a ridge of hair along his backbone from shoulder to hip that grows in the opposite direction to the rest of his coat. 

He takes his name from this distinctive feature and the country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). 

The Rhodesian Ridgeback stands up to 27 inches at the shoulder and has a short, sleek wheaten-coloured coat that requires minimal grooming. This is a powerful and muscular dog with great endurance tenacity, and speed. His incredible eyesight is matched only by his incredible nose! Both are used to great effect when he is on the hunt.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a super watch and guard dog. He is alert, bold, loyal, and fearless. However, he also makes a great family pet and companion as he bonds strongly with his family. His owner should be a strong leader who will be able to control a large, independent, active dog.

Smart, and responsive, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is very trainable. However, like many of the hounds, he is an independent thinker and can be stubborn! Training should therefore begin early and be firm and consistent. Puppies should be socialized to other family pets. 

As a stalker of big game, this breed is used to being active and requires daily vigorous exercise. Surprisingly, he loves to swim! A rural environment is best, and a fenced yard is mandatory.


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Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Canada

Association of Rhodesian Ridgeback Fanciers
Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Eastern Canada




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CKC Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Mike Walshe, Mahoganyrun Kennel


British Columbia


Tammy and Mark Fillion
6859 Bendixon Road
Prince George, BC  
(250) 963-8226


Teri J Hyde
13101 Cameron Road
Ladysmith, BC  V9G 1M1
(250) 245-8979

Shambaridge Reg'd



M J Apostle
Box 28, Group 319, RR#3
Selkirk, MB   R1A 2A8
(204) 757-2876

Stalkmoor Perm Reg'd



Brendon and Lisa Conley
2471 County Road 4, RR#3
Demorestville, ON   K0K 1W0
(613) 476-3574

FoxTrot Reg'd

Gail Morris and Kasimir Paszko
870 Conc. 3
St. Eugene, ON  K0B 1P0
(613) 674-3087

Vikela Reg'd

Mike Walshe
405128 Grey Road 4
Priceville, ON   N0C 1K0
(519) 924-0830

Mahoganyrun Kennel



Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue
Carole Bradley-Kennedy
National Coordinator

(905) 812-0568




Did you know?

In general Ridgebacks pursue prey by sight,
and if the prey is not in sight, Ridgebacks track by scent.

This has led to a debate
on whether the Ridgeback
is a sight hound or a scent hound.



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