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Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeders

If you are after a dog that is large in stature, good looking, and able to fit in with your active lifestyle, the Rhodesian Ridgeback could be the perfect choice.  Here’s what you need to know.

Characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large dog weighing up to 38kg and standing up to 27 inches high at the shoulder.  It is very athletic and muscular and the most defining characteristic of this breed is the “ridged back” that they have, which is caused by hair that grows in the opposite direction along the spine.  The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a short coated dog and the coat is reddish in colour.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback Temperament        

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a noble dog that is very gentle and loyal to its family.  However, it can get nervous and reserved around strangers so it is important to properly socialise your puppy as soon as you get it.  The Rhodesian Ridgeback is an excellent guard dog.  This breed of dog does have quite strong hunting instincts so you need to ensure that it is on a leash or within a secure fence at all times, so that it doesn’t wander off after smaller animals.  The Rhodesian Ridgeback is very intelligent but also very independent so it does require proper obedience training.

Caring for a Rhodesian Ridgeback

Grooming a Rhodesian Ridgeback is quite easy, thanks to their short, smooth coat. All you need to do is basic grooming, such as a quick brush every couple of days and giving the dog a bath as required.  The Rhodesian Ridgeback, however, is a very athletic and active dog and so it will need to be exercised daily, both physically and mentally.  A long walk is ideal, as well as play sessions with their owners.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is generally a very healthy dog but it can suffer from hereditary conditions such as dermoid sinus and elbow and hip dysplasia.  You can reduce the risk of these happening by buying your puppy from a reputable breeder.  The average lifespan for this breed is 10 to 12 years but they can live for longer with a good diet and plenty of love and attention.

Who is the Rhodesian Ridgeback Suited To?

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is best suited to owners that are willing to give them the attention, exercise and stimulation that they need, as well as a firm hand in regards to training.  They do well in families but you should be careful with young children as these dogs can be quite boisterous.

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