Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Rhodesian Ridgeback History

The breed name of Rhodesian Ridgeback itself points to its origin. Rhodesia have been a colony of the UK in the South Africa. The new hound dog is bred through crossing of local ridged hunting dogs with the breeds taken with the first UK settlers of the colony. The local dwellers have been in a need of dog, that would imply bravery of a hound and ideal guard characteristics. The dog would also be enduring and capable to undergo African climate with its sharp drops of temperature.

The dog would be brave to hound large prey and take active part in hunting.

The new dog breed has achieved all these qualities and performed the functions of not only a home guard, but also a lion hound and other large predators. Hence it has achieved its secondary name as the African lion hound.

Nowadays the function of Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs is that of a family friend and a companion dog. Though many Rhodesian Ridgeback owners use them also for hunting, using their inborn, natural hunting abilities.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have perfect sense of scent and sight. They are able to track a scent on the ground as well as in the air. They are perfect hound dogs and are also used in many dog sports.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are popular throughout the world.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed Characteristics

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are popular with professional dog breeders and amateur dog owners. Ridgebacks are extremely beautiful, harmoniously built, gracious and powerful at the same time. It has bursting energy, agility, muscular body, perfect reaction and senses.

The characteristic fur color shows its origin from African savannah. Rhodesian Ridgeback has thick, short coat of light-brown to bright-reddish color. There may be a white spot on the chest and dark muzzle on the snout. The dark ears color is acceptable. The specific feature of Rhodesian Ridgeback is the ridge - line of fur on the back, with fur stretched opposite the rest of coat. �

Rhodesian Ridgeback Temperament

Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are harmonious, active and intelligent. They are self-confident, without aggression towards strangers, but it they are also fearless. The representatives of this dog breed will be good companions for strong-willed person, who is able to control an independent character of Rhodesian Ridgeback.

At home atmosphere it is a calm, lazy and obedient dog. But do not allow it too much, or it may become dominant and act on its own will. Rhodesian Ridgeback is very devoted to its owner, loves children and is patient and friendly towards them.

Ridgebacks are patient to other pets at home, even towards cats, if they were raised together at one home. But they may be aggressive with other animals, strange dogs, and street cats.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Walking

Rhodesian Ridgeback can be kept in apartment in home conveniences. But real pleasure it will achieve being free only, in the woods and savannah.

This dog breed needs a lot of physical exercises. Rhodesian Ridgebacks need walking several times a day on a distance of 3 km with the possibility of free running.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Training

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have strong will and independent character and in addition they are very stubborn. That's why owners of Rhodesian Rdgebacks should start training puppies as early as possible to make them obey. Rhodesian Ridgeback training is successful, if the trainer is consistent and persistent. These dogs are usually very sensitive to punishments and they frequently give no results. While the methods of promotion work very well.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a life span of 10-12 years generally. They keep their perfect physical form till old ages and are always ready to accompany the owner for a long walk.


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