Rhodesian Ridgeback Description
The coat is short and smooth, and should either be dark or light wheaten. This dog may also have white marks on the front of the chest. It has a long head with a flat skull, and both the muzzle and jaw are exceptionally powerful. The teeth are well defined, and it has round eyes which display the look of intelligence. The nose color should only be black or brown in color. The tail should be tapered and may curve up. This breed originates in South Africa.
Also Known As
- African Lion Dog
- African Lion Hound
Country of Origin
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a hound that is known for its excellent hunting abilities. While it is fierce while hunting, it is calm and patient in the presence of its family. This dog is quick to obey commands that are given to it by those that care for it. These dogs generally do not behave well with children, because they don’t like to be bothered or handled in a rough manner. They are smart dogs that can be cunning when necessary and are also independent.
These dogs need lots of training and should be socialized with people or other dogs if masters want them to behave. While this breed is good at being watchdogs, they are not efficient guard dogs.
These dogs have few genetic health problems. but are known to suffer from cataracts, elbow dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a maximum life expectancy of about 12 years.
These dogs have extreme amounts of endurance, so they will require an active owner to keep up. They are great for owners who enjoy exercising and can adapt to any fitness routine. While these dogs can live in an apartment, it will be the responsibility of the owner to make sure they get the exercise they need.
The ideal place to put a Rhodesian Ridgeback is a big yard where they have plenty of room to run around. The enhanced stamina of these dogs makes them excellent companions for people who are physically fit.
Special Grooming Needs
These dogs have smooth coats that are simple to care for. They don’t need to be brushed on a daily basis, and should only be groomed when it is needed. These dogs shed a standard amount of fur.