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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is also known as the African Lion Dog because of its courage. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a sturdy and brave dog breed that originates in South Africa where the dog was used to hunt Jackals, Antilope and even lions. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is an independent dog breed that makes a great family dog for the active family.

Character and behavior
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is not only an excellent hunting dog but also a great family dog. The dog breed is good with kids but can be too exuberant and unintentionally knock small children over so supervision is necessary. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a hardy and sturdy dog that has adapted to the rough nature in South Africa and thrives in a hot climate but can also handle cold climates.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a very independent breed that can be a challenge to train. It’s important to be gentle but firm in training. The Rhodesian Ridgeback might not be a great choice for first time dog owners as it requires patience and experience to train the dog.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a good guard dog and is protective of its family. You’ll also find an excellent jogging companion in the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the dog breed is known for its endurance. The dog breed needs a lot exercise every day to be happy and balanced.

History of the breed
The Rhodesian Ridgeback originates in South Africa where it adapted to the rough nature. The European settlers took an interest in the dog breed and decided to further develop it. The Europeans wanted a dog that was faster, more agile, stronger and with a more keen sense of smell.

So the Europeans mixed the dog with other breeds like the Greyhound, Bulldog, Pointer, Mastiff and later the Airedale Terrier, Irish Terrier and Collie. In this way they created a great guard dog with a protective instinct that was also a great hunting dog that would track jackals, hyena, antelope, leopards and even lions.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a friendly look due to the dark round eyes and wrinkles on the forehead. The ears are placed high on the head and are hanging. The chest is wide and the legs are straight.

The tail is of medium length and hangs. The muzzle is black, brown or livery depending on the coat color. The Rhodesian Ridgeback’s distinguishing feature is the ridge of hair along its back, running in the opposite direction to the rest of its coat.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is 24-29 inches high and weighs 70-85 lbs. The coat is light wheaten to red wheaten with white markings. The dog has only one layer of coat that is short and smooth. The coat demands a minimum of grooming. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is generally a healthy and hardy breed that has a typical life span of 10-12 years.

What you should know about the Rhodesian Ridgeback dog breed:

  • A friendly and loyal dog
  • Is a great family dog for the active family
  • Can live in an apartment if exercised enough outside every day
  • Great guard dog and protector
  • Is independent and can be a challenge to train
  • May not be the best choice for a first time dog owner

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