Rhodesian Ridgeback


The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a build that is consistent with breeds of above-average physical capabilities. Its frame is lean and well muscled. Its back is sturdy and somewhat sloping. The straight front legs and well-defined, angled back legs enable the breed to move with quickness and agility. The neck is average in length and extends to high-set shoulders. Its head and muzzle are long. There is a prominent stop. The ears are set just above eye level. They are average-sized and fold downward. Its coat is thick, short, and shiny.


The Rhodesian Ridgeback is an easy-going breed, but it is not recommended for young or small children since it may play too rough. This breed is courageous and protects its family. It is a good breed for guarding property. It is generally an obedient breed, but has a tendency to display dominant temperament. Training the breed during puppyhood will help to lessen its desire for dominance.

Height and Weight

Male height: 25-27 inches Male weight: 85 pounds Female height: 24-26 inches Female weight: 70 pounds

Health Problems

The most serious health problems that are associated with the Rhodesian Ridgeback are common to most breeds. It may develop hip and elbow dysplasia. The breed is also susceptible to sinus and skin problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

Although the Rhodesian Ridgeback is more suitable for rural environments with plenty for room for it to run around, it can adjust to suburban living.


The Rhodesian Ridgeback needs physical exercise on a regular basis. It has a high energy level, so walks are not sufficient for this breed. An owner that is able to provide the breed with opportunities of vigorous exercise is recommended. This breed can sustain its endurance during highly physical activities, such as running and swimming.

Life Expectancy

The Rhodesian Ridgeback lives an average of 10-13 years.

Litter Size

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has an average of 7-8 puppies.


The coat of the Rhodesian Ridgeback requires very little grooming. Standard grooming tasks, such as brushing are recommended. Washing the coat is only recommended when necessary.


The Rhodesian Ridgeback originates from the former British colony Rhodesia.




The Rhodesian Ridgeback is typically a light brownish-red color.