Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Rhodesian Ridgeback History

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a Southern African breed of domestic dog. The ridged coat is distinctive, being long, straight, and very tight to the dog’s body. The skin is thin, especially on the neck and shoulders. The African wild dogs from which the Ridgebacks were developed were known to be protective and courageous, and thus their temperament today is still quite bullish. They are known for their bravery and tenacity, and for the ability to smell and follow scents. They are particularly known for their hunting abilities, and for their loyalty to their owners. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is considered to be one of the oldest of the African hunting dogs, and is thought to have descended from the Dingo.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

South Africa


Great Dane, Mastiff, Bloodhound, Pointer, Greyhound, English White Terrier

Rhodesian Ridgeback Physical Characteristics

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, muscular, short-coated breed of domestic dog. It is the national animal of Zimbabwe. The breed, which originated in southern Africa, is instantly recognizable by the unique ridge of hair that grows along their spine and down the back. The ridge, which starts at the dog’s withers and forms a V-shape, may stand anywhere from 6 to 21 centimeters high.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 25 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 79 – 85 lbs

Female Weight Range: 64 – 70 lbs

Rhodesian Ridgeback Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

Rhodesian Ridgeback Health Concerns

Dermoid Sinus, Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat, Entropion, Deafness, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism, Degenerative Myelopathy

Rhodesian Ridgeback Temperament and Behaviour

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is an alert and fearless breed of dog. They are independent thinkers and are known to be wary of strangers. They do not need a lot of exercise, but need daily interaction with their owners. They are protective of their family and suspicious of new people.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Activity Requirements

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large dog with a distinctive ridge of hair along their back. They were originally bred to hunt lions in Africa and are still used for this purpose today. While they are not the most high-energy of breeds, they do need regular exercise. They require a long walk or jog each day to stay healthy and happy. They also love to play and will enjoy a game of fetch. If you are thinking about getting a Rhodesian Ridgeback, be sure you are able to meet their exercise needs. A fenced yard is ideal for this large, strong-willed dog, as they need lots of space.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.8 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Rhodesian Ridgeback is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Rhodesian Ridgeback is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Rhodesian Ridgeback is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Rhodesian Ridgeback is part of the Hound group.

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