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.
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
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.