Rhodesian Ridgebacks live from between 10 to 12 years of age.
Average size and weight
61cm to 69cm
32kg to 36.5kg
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a delightful nature, being a faithful one-man or family dog. It is very affectionate and likes to lean on you, lie at your feet or sit on your lap if permitted. It is extremely loyal to those it loves. Although not an aggressive dog, the Ridgeback is distinctly reserved with strangers and usually objects to people making the first advances to it. It is placid and easy going, putting up with endless torment from children, as well as being highly intelligent and quick to learn. Happy to participate fully in family activities, the Ridgeback is equally content to laze around all day if there is nothing better to do. An excellent guard dog, it has a deep bark to warn intruders to keep away. Friendship, once given, is for life.
Compatibility with other pets
It is compatible with other domestic animals, but needs training regarding livestock.
This is a fast growing dog that should not be overfed or over exercised as a puppy, as this puts too much stress on developing bones.
Please take note
Remember that this breed is part of the hound fraternity and likes to chase. Secure fencing and gates are needed.
No single breed of dog ideally suits everyone and there are aspects of the Ridgeback character that may not appeal to some people. The Ridgeback is independent and stubborn and if you give it an order when it would prefer to be doing something else you will probably not get instant results. Servility plays no part in the temperament of this breed, but if you want the rewarding companionship of a dog that has spirit and considers itself your equal rather than your slave, you need look no further. The Ridgeback is extremely tolerant of children, however is not so well suited to older folk, who may have trouble handling a boisterous puppy.
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