Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed - Large Breeds


Dog breed of Rhodesian ridgeback
The large dog breeds Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of the large dog breeds that was developed in South Africa. Their European forefathers can be traced to the early pioneers of Cape colony of South Africa, who crossed their dogs with the semi-domestic ridged hunting dogs. Khoikhoi people who occupied Cape Peninsula, when they started trading with the Dutch area during the 17th century, had a hunting dog which was really ugly to look at. But this dog was noted for his ferocity when acting as a guard dog. The Rhodesian Ridgeback measures18 inches at the withers with a lean but muscular frame. Their ears have been described both as erect and hanging, but the distinctive feature was the length of hair growing in the reverse direction along its back.

Till the time of 1860’s, many European settlers brought a variety of dog breeds to Africa that included Great Danes, Bloodhounds, Grey Hounds and Terriers. These dogs were bred with the African dogs including the dog of Khoikhoi people which resulted in Boar Hunting Dogs, the modern name is Rhodesian Ridgeback.

As I have mentioned it above that the most distinguishing feature of these large dog breeds is the hair running along the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s back. It runs in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. It consists of a fan like area that is formed by two whorls of hair called crowns and tapers behind the shoulder down to the level of the hips. The ridge is around 2 inches at its widest point. It is believed to come from the dog used by the African origin dog which had a similar ridge.

Male Ridgebacks should stand between 25-27 inches at the withers and weigh about 85 pounds. Whereas the females should be around 24-26 inches tall and about 70 pounds in weight. Ridgebacks are muscular in body type and have light wheaten to red wheaten coat, which is short, dense, sleek and glossy in appearance and is not woolly or silky.

Characteristics of Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog

Energy Level3 / 5
Exercise Requirements3 / 5
Playfulness3 / 5
Affection Level3 / 5
Friendliness Towards Dogs1 / 5
Friendliness Towards Other Pets2 / 5
Friendliness Towards Strangers1 / 5
Good With Children5 / 5
Ease of Training4 / 5
Protection Ability5 / 5
Grooming1 / 5
Intelligence5 / 5


Rhodesian Ridgeback Temperament

If we talk about Rhodesian Ridgebacks temperament, they are very loyal, intelligent and somewhat aloof to strangers. Don’t get it confused with aggression, these dogs with a proper temperament will be inclined on ignoring rather than challenging a stranger. This breed need positive, reward based training, good socializing and consistency, and they are not the best choice for new dog trainers. Ridgebacks are strong willed, intelligent and penchant for mischief though in a loving way, it can also be said they are very protective of their owners. If these dogs are trained in a proper manner the can become excellent guard dogs. Like any of the many large dog breeds that are mentioned on this site, if they re not properly socialized they can become aggressive.


Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies

If you are thinking about getting a Rhodesian Ridgeback you can expect to pay between $900-$1200 USD for one of these adorable little guys. This is the average rhodesian ridgeback price. Just like any puppy, it’s important to remember that the Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy will require a lot of time, love, exercise, and patience.
Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies
Adorable Rhodesian puppies

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