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The Rhodesian Ridgeback or Ridgeback Dog

With a harmonious and powerful body, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, also called Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog, fascinates by its imposing physique and by this dorsal ridge that gives it a most original look. Behind all this vigor lies a gentle, calm and affectionate animal.

Characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgebacked Hound


With a strong, balanced and agile construction, the Rhodesian Ridgeback attracts attention with its large size. The females have a height between 61 and 66 cm and weigh an average of 32 kg while the males measure between 63 and 69 kg at the withers and weigh around 36.5 kg. The body is longer than it is tall, robust and powerful with a full and low chest and arched ribs. Its particularity is that it has a dorsal ridge from the shoulder to the hip which is formed by hair growing in the opposite direction of the rest of the coat. The animal reveals a harmonious head with a deep and long muzzle with a relatively accentuated stop. The Rhodesian Ridgeback reveals a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious look through its bright, round, amber-colored eyes that are in harmony with the coat. The ears are medium sized and carried high. As for the coat, it is short, shiny, smooth and dense. The coat can be fawn, red wheat or light wheat.

History of the breed Rhodesian Ridged Dorsal Ridged Dog


The Rhodesian Ridgeback gets its wild look from its African origins. It comes from southern Africa and is believed to be descended from various primitive canine varieties and is also a descendant of the ridgeback hound bred by the pastoral peoples of southern Africa called the Khoikhois. This animal is ancient as it was known as early as the 18th century. It is only from the 1920s that it developed in Zimbabwe. Initially, it was used in the hunting of big game such as the lion thanks to its excellent endurance and its very fast speed. It was not until 1955 that the breed was officially recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Rhodesian Ridgeback


Hunting dog, companion dog, guard dog, the Rhodesian Ridgeback can take on many roles. He can perfectly evolve within families because he is both loyal and faithful. It is a pleasant animal that wants to be involved in all family activities and is never reluctant to go and play with the children. It is intelligent, independent, close and very affectionate towards its masters. To be happy, this dog must be able to move, run and exercise. Too sedentary owners are therefore not suited for him.

Nutrition and main health problems of the Rhodesian Ridgeback


The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a vigorous animal. However, it is not spared by certain diseases specific to large dogs such as hip dysplasia. It can also be affected by congenital skin infections such as dermoid sinus. His diet should be as balanced as possible. Asking advice from veterinarians is de rigueur on this subject.