The trademark of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is the very unique strip/ridge of hair growing in the opposite direction on their backs. This large breed originates from Southern Africa where they were originally used for hunting and then to protect park rangers from danger by alerting them of nearby lions.
They can sense danger like no other hound and will be very protective over their family. They tend to bond with one person in the household and will only acknowledge the other members. If their owner can take them for daily runs and on other sporty activities like bush tracking, they will be happy and content when at home.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks dogs are known for being ferocious hunters but also calm, gentle and loving at home. Their temperament is smart, obedient, brave and alert, but they do not mix well with children as they often play rough and can knock them down. To prevent the dog from being too reserved, it should be socialised and trained from a young age.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks make fantastic guard dogs - they will give any intruder a fright through their physical size and stature.
|Life expectancy:||10-12 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||Above average|