A very obedient, friendly and gentle breed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback makes a good companion however does best in an environment with older children. Small children are not ideal, as this dog does not like to rough house. A vigilant and brave breed, this dog can be stubborn and can be difficult to train if methods do not correspond with this breed.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks do well with other animals if given the proper socialization at an early stage, although not recommended for a home with small children. Learning quickly, this intelligent dog is protective of his owner and territory. Should not be left unsupervised for long periods of time as they have the tendency to become destructive.
Does your Rhodesian Ridgeback bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety
is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
This hunting breed does well in home life, and is very loyal. An overall good companion and is very straightforward. The Rhodesian Ridgeback can be shy and reserved around strangers, and needs extensive obedience training. Rather strong and willful, this breed shows his best and true colors in a somewhat secluded environment.
Average shedding, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is easy to groom. A wipe down with a washcloth or dry towel will suffice and remove some loose hair. Bathing only when necessary, this breed's coat does not trap dirt well and is generally clean.
If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a very distinct marking along his back, which is created by hair that grows in the opposite direction. Coat is short, dense, and should remain glossy and sleek. Silky coat not desired.
Training must be gentle with this breed and start at an early age to avoid any further difficulties. The Rhodesian Ridgeback should have a firm handler, yet gentle training. Training must be consistent and straightforward if this breed is to excel. Good for watch dogging and hunting purposes. Hunting suits this breed very well. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay
is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.
Consider crate training
if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
This tireless dog will be sure to keep you on your feet. Very active, playful, and energetic, the Rhodesian Ridgeback would make a great jogging companion or running along side a bike. They have great stamina and do very well on long walks or a free roam in a yard or park. Should have at least an average sized yard. Socialization
is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Mle: 85; Female: 70 lbs
Male: 25-27; Female: 24-26 inches
light wheaten to red wheaten; nose can be black, brown or liver
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