Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed
Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Classification:
Rhodesian Ridgeback are hunting dogs.
Other Names: African Lion Boy,
African Lion Girl, Van Rooyen's Lion Dog,
the African Lion Hound, African Lion Dog,
Ridgeback, Lion Dog,
Rhodesian Ridgeback in Foreign Languages:
de chasse africain ayant une grande
German: Afrikanischer L÷wenhund,
Portuguese: cachorro de caša
Origins: Rhodesian Ridgebacks
were initially bred to hunt lions, and
distract the lion while the "master"
took the shot. Rhodesian Ridgebacks were
also used as guard dogs.
Description: Rhodesian Ridgeback
are large dogs that are well muscled.
They have a broad head and drooping ears,
and long thin tail.
Size: Rhodesian Ridgebacks weigh
63 to 90 lbs, they stand 24 to 27 inches
||79 to 90 lbs
||25 to 27 inches tall
||63 to 75 lbs
||24 to 26 inches tall
Coat: Rhodesian Ridgebacks have
a short, dense, silky coat, with a defined
symmetrical ridge of hairs growing in
the opposite direction down the middle
of the back. The Rhodesian Ridgebacks
coat can be wheaten, red wheaten, or light
wheaten, with darker nose and ears.
Disposition: Rhodesian Ridgebacks
are calm, obedient dogs that are loyal.
While they can be fierce hunting companions
they are gentle.
Type Dog: Rhodesian Ridgebacks
are hound dogs.
Litter Size: Rhodesian Ridgeback
give birth to litters of 6 to 8 puppies.
Behavior: Rhodesian Ridgebacks
can be aloof with strangers, they are
sensitive dogs. They are easy to train,
and can be destructive if they do not
get enough exercise.
Traits: Dignified, intelligent,
loyal, mischievous, sensitive, calm, gentle,
Country of Origin: Rhodesia now
Zimbabwe / South Africa
Life Span: Rhodesian Ridgeback
typically live 10 to 12 years.
Club Recognitions: FCI, AKC, ANKC,
CKC, KC (UK), NZKC, UKC