Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Breed Group: Hound
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Rhodesian Ridgeback varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Rhodesian Ridgebacks sold is $1,500.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Rhodesian Ridgeback with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,500 upwards to $5,500 or even more for a Rhodesian Ridgeback with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Rhodesian Ridgebacks sold is $1,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,500.00
Average Price: $1,100.00
Top Quality: $2,500.00 to $5,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 2680 Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Rhodesian Ridgebacks true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Rhodesian Ridgeback Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 2680 Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs.
  • 1. Red
  • 2. Purple Girl
  • 3. Green Girl
  • 4. Red Boy
  • 5. ---
  • 6. Black Boy
  • 7. Pink Girl
  • 8. Ridge
  • 9. Bella
  • 10. Blue Boy
  • 11. Blue Girl
  • 12. Green Boy
  • 13. Ruby
  • 14. Blue
  • 15. Jabari
  • 16. Pink
  • 17. Purple
  • 18. Red Girl
  • 19. Riddly
  • 20. Big Red

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Member Since: October 2015
Location: Jackson , Tennessee
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Puppies are here! They were born on October 15, 2015. They will be ready to go December 10, 2015. We are a family owned kennel in Northwest Tennessee that love our Ridgebacks like family. We would like to get to know our puppies forever homes before we let them go. We want to make sure that each of our puppies will have adequate space to play and all their needs can be taken care of before we place these puppies in their forever homes. We bought our first Rhodesian Ridgeback in 2011, the year we found out we were expecting our first child. She has been the best dog we have ever owned and has been a great side-kick to our daughter. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are great family dogs and we have the pictures to prove it! We decided several years ago that we love the breed so much that we wanted to begin breeding them ourselves. My husband's parents then bought two Ridgebacks and that is when the planning of the kennel began.

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Anonymous asked:
Breeders of Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the USA ; especially Breeders with Liver nosed RR, just want to know the rules and regulations are if I decide to purchase a dog from another country? I live in Norway.

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The rules a private breeder will have to ship a dog into Norway will be between you and that breeder. Importing a dog is a big choice as it is going to cost more than finding a breeder in your area. Contact your local international airport to ensure what times of year they ship dogs. Also contact a vet that you plan on using to ensure that the puppy is fully vaccinated, has a health passport and certified health certificate that can be verified by the vet of your choosing within 3 days of the puppy arriving. You also need to make sure that there is not quarantine phase when you ship a puppy into Norway. Those are all things that need to be done on your end before contacting a breeder that is willing to ship internationally.

Anonymous asked:
I'm researching dog breeds to figure out who would be most appropriate to hike the Appalachian Trail with me in the future. But also be low-key enough to be happy with 2 30min walks a day and 2-3 runs/ week of about 2-3miles (my current running ability, could be more by the time the dog is mature enough to run with me). I have an average to above average sized fenced in yard too. Do you think a Ridgeback would be happy and healthy with that?

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback would be a wonderful companion for you with your current and goal lifestyle. The only thing I would note is that you must not run your dog until they are near full grown. Making his dog run for long distances, ie: jogging at a young age can and will damage their joints and bones. Waiting until they are 3/4's to full grown to start building them up to it is perfect.

Anonymous asked:
Have you ever seen Ridgebacks with an all black coat with white on chest and paws? We bought a dog from a private owner who said it was a Rhodesian Ridgeback he has the really thick pads on his paws and the ridge on his back that goes opposite his coat fur and he has grown really fast in the 4 months we have had him. Just wondering. thank you



The Rhodesian Ridgeback can only be one coloration, red. From a light wheaten red to a deep chestnut red, all purebreds are red. Since your pup has the ridge on his back and has the thick paw pads, he most likely is at least half Rhodesian Ridgeback. But he is definitely not purebred.


He's a Thai Ridgeback.


Black was an original color along with brindle. It has been bred out over the years but I have seen one in the states. They are still a few in Australia. There is also the silver ridgeback, I owed one. The color is recognized by the AKC, it is the recessive gene from the original Weims they breed was bred with. There is a very old british video of the breed that shows some of these variations. Good luck. And yes there is the offshoot Thai Ridgeback.

Anonymous asked:
Hi, I have just got a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix Mastiff puppy who is 4 months old and small. The breeder fed him on adult dog food and he smelled horrible. I have him now and he smells so much better plus he has 4 meals a day of puppy food. Can you tell me how big he will be thank you?

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Mixes are very difficult to range in size already and if the person who whelped him fed him on adult food, then he missed out on a tremendous amount of nutrients that he needed as a puppy. He could be fine, and grow to be the average of the two breeds, or he could be smaller than them both because of the lack of nutrients as a young pup. Until he is a year old, you won't know how be he really is going to be. Keep him on puppy food and just love him for who he is, big or small.

ryanvogt13 asked:
Hey everyone, just a guesstimation, I have a 6 1/2 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback, male, 73lbs. How big will he be?

I know that all dogs grow at their own rate and hit spurts at different times. I know Rhodesian Ridgebacks can grow up to 2 years, but was just wondering how big yours has gotten. Thanks! The breeder estimated about 100lbs.



The average weight of the Rhodesian Ridgeback for a male is 80 - 90 lbs as an adult. The Ridgeback can take up to 2 years to mature, but should be at the adult height at about 1 1/2 and take the last half of the year to fill out. However, to determine the likely-hood of size for your pup is to look at the parents and grandparents of the puppy. A Rhodesian Ridgeback that is over 90 lbs is a larger version of the original Ridgeback and should be monitored more closely for joint issues as the puppy grows and when he/she gets into his/her senior years. At 6 1/2 months old, your Rhodesian Ridgeback is quite large for his age, so taking him to the vet to confirm that he is healthy is always a good idea. You should be able to feel the ribs of your puppy with little to no pressure, but not be able to see them.


Thanks again! His mother was 93lbs and his father was 110lbs. I am not sure about the grandparents.


Then he should be about the same as his father. You can always ask your breeder what size your Rhodesian Ridgeback's grandparents are/were. Some of my pups take after their grandparents rather than their parents. The main thing to make sure is that your pup is healthy and that he gets regular vet visits. A good diet is key to a large breed pup's health as they grow. A grain-free, large breed puppy food is what I would recommend if you are not already feeding him something of the sort.


Our Tanner is just turning 10 months old. He stands 31 inches at the shoulder and weighs 112 pounds. When we lost our Layla to bone cancer 2 years ago, she stood at 28 inches and weighed 105 pounds.


Our Domi was 120 pounds, and was close to 31 inches in height. He was overweight as he ran with me every morning until Christmas, when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. He lived for 15 years


My boy was 100 lbs. And not overweight but tall. He was almost 14 when he passed. He broke my heart for any other breed.


My Joe was 105 pounds and fit his whole life. He too was diagnosed with a tumour and lived to 11 years old. I just put him down last week. Incredible how woven they can be into our lives. Very difficult transition.


My boy is 14 months old and 110 lbs. At eleven months he had to have an FHO performed on one of his hips. The dysplasia was severe. We bought him at 8 weeks from a very reputable breeder but sometimes these things happen. He’s walking on 4 legs again but likes to run on 3 but that’s slowly changing. He’s the best dog I have ever owned by far. We could not have asked for a more loving dog.


My male stayed the same size from about 13 months to two years, then he started really filling out and gained another 10lbs (not fat weight)


Many people want their Ridgebacks to be really large. This is not a good thing. The Males should be 85 - 90 pounds and I would say any male larger than 95 pounds is getting to the point of health problems. Females should never exceed 75 pounds. The Standard for the breed is 65 for females.

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Updated: 5/28/2022