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Rhodesian Ridgeback


Rhodesian Ridgeback profile

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Lifespan: 10-13 Years

Avg height: 61-68cm.

Avg weight: 30-40kg

Coat type: Short, glossy coat, with a distinctive 'ridge' extending from the level of the shoulders to the hipbones.

Coat colours: Light wheaten to red wheaten.

Originally bred for: Hunting lions and guarding.

Breed traits: Intelligent, loyal, sensitive, strong-willed, protective.

A little about the Rhodesian Ridgeback


The Rhodesian Ridgeback is also known as the "African Lion Dog" and was originally used to assist in the hunting of big game and lions. This hunting instinct and protective nature means they can be strong-willed and stand-offish around strangers, however, they are loving and loyal to their family. Overall, they have a gentle temperament and with adequate exercise and socialisation can make devoted family pets. 



The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a fairly healthy breed. The most common health issues they may experience are Canine Hip Dysplasia or Elbow Dysplasia and Hypothyroidism. As a deep-chested breed dog, they are at risk of Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (bloat). Less often they may be born with a Dermoid Sinus (a congenital neural-tube defect) or deafness. 

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.