The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large dog in the Hound class! They are also known as the Lion Dog, African Lion Dog or simply Ridgeback.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks stand between 24-27 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 70-85 pounds.
Ridgebacks are a relatively healthy breed with a lifespan of between 9-15 years. However, as with all dogs, the breed is susceptible to certain conditions. For Ridgebacks this includes elbow and hip dysplasia due to their size; and also dermoid sinus (which is a congenital skin condition and so is present from birth).
Ridgebacks are able to adapt to a variety of living situations as long as they get sufficient daily exercise. The minimum suggested amount of exercise is a couple of 15-20 minute walks daily. However, Rhodesians will try to escape if they become bored and they love to dig so that they can lie in the cool and comfortable dirt. The coat of Ridgebacks tends to be odour-free and they are very low maintenance in terms of grooming; requiring brushing with a wire brush once a week.
Ridgebacks are intelligent and independent with a high prey drive meaning they need to be walked on-lead at all times and a high fenced yard is needed to avoid them going off hunting alone. They are extremely playful and exuberant during puppyhood but they mature into a quiet dog with moderate exercise needs. Ridgebacks are extremely protective of their homes and so are prone to excessive barking. They are also reserved with strangers but gentle and affectionate with family members. Although, they are very tolerate of children of all ages, they are still a large dog and so close care is needed around younger children.
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