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Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback could easily be the creation of someone seeking a superhero.  Mild mannered expression and athletic, yet subtle lines seeming to minimize the intensity of this russet coat and startling ridge down the back.

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General Information
Group(s): HoundsSighthound Height: 24-27 inches
Weight: 65-85 pounds Longevity: low-mid teens
Colors: deep russet red occasionally with masking Coat type: smooth, thick hound
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: When working, an intimidating and intense powerhouse of bold demeanor and substantial presence. In secure environments or with their family, relaxed and affable.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: varies but typically confident, interested and congenial
  with Children: big and strong, not always aware of their strength, better with older kids
  with other pets: can be good but instinctively HIGH prey drive
  with dogs: can be unpredictable; better when neutered
Socialization requirements: fairly high, this is a dog that needs confidence and security to be reliable, socialization is the only way to achieve that
Ideal home characteristics: understanding of occasional bull in the china shop syndrome, very sighthoundish in their napping habits
Temperament Notes: similar in the complexity of Sighthound personality with a boldness not typically seen in other recognizable Sighthound breeds; intelligent and confident of their opinion.. after all they depend on their decisions to take down Lions! Can be destructive.
Training requirement: moderate - more training will build a stronger bond and make a better companion and family member
Trainer notes:

As many Sighthounds, developing solid motivation can be challenging.  This breed is easily bored, and when bored, will fall asleep.  Work in very short sessions that are ended while the dog is still interested.  Keep exciting as possible to help increase the stamina of focus.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin: Africa
Original Function: Lion Hound
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Canine Hip Dysplasia, skin problems
Health Testing: OFA or Penn Hip
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Ridgebacks?
  • Why do you have Ridgebacks (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Ridgeback?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Ridgeback?
  • How would you describe the ideal Ridgeback home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Ridgeback?
  • How do you assist or help Ridgebacks in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites:

    Wonderful, fun Ridgeback story -

    Suirac Art Gallery for wonderful purebred dog art of Stained Glass and Etched Glass. - Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue of US and Canada - Ridgeback Rescue of Northern CA - Texas Ridgeback Rescue - Gulf Region Ridgeback Rescue - Ridgeback Rescue of the US - Colorado Ridgeback Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Standard and Elaboration of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the US - Standard for the Rhodesian Ridgeback of The Kennel Club (UK)

    Breeder Ethics: - Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Code of Ethics - Orange Coast Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Code of Ethics - Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the US Code of Ethics

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