Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog
They are a strong and good-looking dog with an athletic build.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks - Appearance:Height: 24-27 inches
Weight: 65-75 lbs.
Color variations: Light Wheaten to Red Wheaten
Coat and Care:Rhodies have a short, dense and sleek coat that sheds little and has minimal odor. Weekly brushing will keep the coat in good order. Bathing is required very occasionally, but ears and nails should be given more regular care.
Ears of the folded over type, such as this breed's, are always more prone to ear problems such as mites or infections making frequent ear cleaning advisable.
Personality and Traits:Rhodesian Ridgebacks are affectionate and loyal to their owners. Although they have a even temperament and seldom bark without reason, they are ever alert and ready to protect the family.
Rhodies are blessed with high intelligence and have minds of their own. For this reason, obedience training is strongly recommended to establish your role as the "alpha presence". This dog needs strong leadership, otherwise, they will happily rule the roost. However, on the plus side, they are very responsive to training and once this is accomplished, will become a very obedient companion.
Activity Level:Daily exercise is a must for the Rhodesian Ridgback dog. If you are a jogger or hiker, Rhodies will be more than happy to join you. They are very athletic dogs with lots of stamina.
Space Needs:The Rhodie is one of the hound dog breeds that is adaptable to either house or apartment, as long as there is access to an outside area for them to run.
Children:Best with older mature children, who can establish leadership with the dog. They can be over-whelming for young children.
As with any breed of dog, we recommend that owners always have an adult present when pets and children are interacting.
Elderly:Being very loyal and adaptable, the Rhodesian Ridgeback dog makes an excellent companion dog, providing their exercise needs can be met.
Complete Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog
Useful advice about selecting a Ridgeback, health and genetics, general care and nutrition, temperament, the versatile Ridgeback (other things you can do with your dog). Also emphasises the importance of training the Ridgeback from an early age. A brief history of its origins is included along with full color photos.
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