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Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have short dense coats that are light wheaten or red wheaten in color. Some dogs may have white marks on their chest and feet. The unique feature of this breed is the ridge of hair that lies along their spine and grows in the opposite direction of the rest of their coat. The long head is broad between the ears and the skull is flat. The powerful muzzle is long and deep. The round, well-set eyes are either dark with a black nose or amber with a brown nose. The medium-sized, pendant ears are set high and carried close to the head. The powerful jaws have teeth that meet in a scissor-like bite. The muscular neck should be long and the deep chest moderately broad. The well-developed legs should be straight and the round, compact feet should have well-arched toes. The tail tapers to a point and curves slightly upwards.

Temperament The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a gentle, loving breed. They are good natured and enjoy being around children. They are wonderful family dogs and have a gentlemanly character. Although mild at home, this breed is generally wary of strangers. Rhodesian Ridgebacks can also be stubborn and willful. Since they are pack dogs, leadership needs to be established by the owner at an early age. The unique thing about the Rhodesian Ridgeback is that they adapt well to high temperatures and can go without food and water for over 24 hours.
Height, Weight Male Height: 25-27" ; Weight: 80-90 lbs.
Female Height: 24-26" ; Weight: 65-75 lbs.
Health Problems Ridgebacks are prone to hip dysplasia, dermoid sinus and cysts.
Living Conditions Ridgebacks will do fine living in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They do best with an average-sized to large yard.
Exercise This breed loves to exercise and is tireless. They will adapt their exercise regiment to yours.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The smooth, glossy coat of this breed is easy to care for. Brush or comb weekly to remove dead hair and only bathe when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin Records have been found that shows the Hottentots in South Africa using ridge-backed dogs since the 15th century. They discovered using these dogs in packs was effective against lions. This in turn helped to create the other name that they are known by, the African Lion Hound. Several breeds were imported to South Africa during the 16th and 17th century by Boer settlers. The Rhodesian was created by crossing the native ridgeback dogs with these imports which included Great Danes, mastiffs, and various scent hounds. Although this breed was developed for hunting they are rarely used for this purpose now. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1959 and by the UKC in 1980.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Sighthound and Pariah Dog