Other names: Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rhodesian Ridgeback, African Lion Hound

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Dog from southern Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a perfect life companion. He is endowed with a gentle, calm temperament. He is affectionate and in constant need of affection although able to be alone. He is a very sporty dog with almost no maintenance. His health, although robust, opposes some hereditary diseases that should be detected from an early age. The Rhodesian-Ridgeback is recognizable by the crest on its back, formed by a line of hairs pushing against the direction of the coat. The gait of the Rhodesian-Ridgeback is characterized by parallel, clear and active movements.



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Hair type Short
Origin South Africa
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 29 kg to 35 kg From 61 cm to 65 cm
Male From 33 kg to 40 kg From 64 cm to 69 cm
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History of the breed

the   Rhodesian-Ridgeback is descended from the dogs of the Southern Cape Colony of Africa. He received contributions from different primitive canine varieties and from dorsal crested hunting dogs bred by the Khoïkhoi (or Hottentot) tribes. The Rhodesian-Ridgeback was once used for lion hunting, which it circled in the company of 2-3 other pack members. The first breed standard was established in 1922 in Rhodesia, then was approved 4 years later by the Union Cynologique du Sud de Afrique. The Rhodesian-Ridgeback breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on February 21, 1955.


Rhodesian-Ridgeback Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: short, dense, smooth and shiny. The dorsal ridge goes from behind the shoulders to the point of the hip, tapering off.
Its color: light wheat to red tawny, with possibly a little white on the chest and fingers.
His head: rather long, in harmony with the rest of the body. The skull is flat and wide between its ears. The stop is well marked, but not excessively. The nose is black or brown (going with the color of the eyes), the muzzle long and powerful, the lips clear, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, the cheeks well chiseled.
His ears: set high, of medium size, wide at their attachment, decreasing to end in a rounded point.
His eyes: round, moderately wide, shiny, displaying a look full of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: powerful and robust. The neck is quite long and strong, the back powerful, the loins slightly arched, the chest well let down and ample, the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: thick at its base and tapering towards its end. Carried slightly curved upwards, but by no means rolled up.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Companion dog, hunting dog, guard dog. Its many qualities make the Rhodesian Ridgeback an excellent dog for family life . He is very attached to his master, faithful and loyal , limit pot-de-colle. He is very caring for children, with whom he will not hesitate to play. He is also benevolent towards his adoptive family, not hesitating to protect and watch over them . He doesn’t show any aggressiveness, especially not with strangers he prefers to ignore. It can be used in endless hunting parties. He will know, thanks to his instinct, to find rare gems.

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His intelligence is both his greatest quality and his main flaw. If his education is not good, he could take the opportunity to be untenable. Fortunately, taken early, it turns out to be fairly easy as long as you are firm, gentle and fair . You have to know how to reward the Rhodesian Ridgeback for every good deed, without overdoing it.

Never be aggressive when he does not execute an order well. It is preferable to have already had experience with a canine before taking care of this breed. Do not hesitate to approach a professional trainer. It is recommended to bet on his intelligence and his desire to please his master, by applying methods of positive reinforcement based on encouragement and rewards.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is not picky compared to its surroundings . It adapts to all types of life, as long as it can go out for quite a long time on a daily basis. Thus, he will not be against a comfortable and cozy apartment, just as he will like to stretch his legs as he pleases in a garden backed by a house. He must be able to spend himself every day to fully develop. The ideal living environment for this dog would be a house with a large fenced garden , in which he could exercise and stand guard.


Ease of gaining weight

He is of a robust nature and hardly suffers from any pathology . Only it is a purebred dog. In fact, some hereditary diseases can appear. This is the case of coxofemoral dysplasia , of the dermoid sinus which is a congenital affection of the skin. An x-ray examination is essential to anticipate a possible disease. He also sometimes suffers from congenital myotonia , a defect that affects his muscles. It is also very resistant to cold and heat.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 15 puppies

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Rhodesian-Ridgeback dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Rhodesian-Ridgeback is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Rhodesian-Ridgeback   is an easy dog to maintain, not presenting any particular constraint in this area. It is simply necessary to ensure that he receives his care on a regular basis, without any negligence. Indeed, a single monthly or even bi-monthly brushing is enough to allow it to maintain a beautiful coat.

It is advisable to brush the dog once a week to ensure the cleanliness of its coat and skin. His eyes, the inside of his ears, the pads and the interdigital spaces also need to be examined and cleaned regularly.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Rhodesian-Ridgeback is between € 1,000 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,500
1600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Rhodesian-Ridgeback is between $ 1,500 and $ 1,600.

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The diet of the Rhodesian Ridgeback should be balanced and meet all of their needs . It is based on high quality croquettes . For his ration, do not hesitate to contact a veterinarian.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Rhodesian-Ridgeback   needs one or two long walks a day to exercise and be stimulated. However, it is not recommended to subject him to exercises that are too intense so as not to put excessive strain on his joints. He is a physical activity seeker. Moreover, he cannot without passing and he is not made to lie down all day. He must be able to walk for a long time every day.


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