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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are medium to large-sized dogs with a muscular build and a proud posture. They have a short and dense coat that comes in various shades of wheaten, ranging from light to dark. The most notable feature of this breed is the ridge of hair along their back, which grows in the opposite direction from the rest of their coat. This ridge is formed by a strip of hair that runs down the middle of their back, with the hair on either side growing in the opposite direction. It gives them a unique and striking appearance.

History

The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in Southern Africa, where they were developed by European settlers to assist in big game hunting, particularly lions. They were bred from various European and African dog breeds, including the Greyhound and various indigenous African sighthounds. The breed's ridge of hair was a desired trait for tracking and holding game, as it made the dogs more visible in tall grass and provided protection against predators.

Temperament

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known for their loyalty, independence, and protective nature. They are confident and intelligent dogs that can be reserved with strangers but are generally friendly and affectionate with their family. They are natural guardians and will protect their loved ones if they sense any threat. Early socialization and training are important to ensure they develop into well-rounded and well-behaved dogs.

Care

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a short and dense coat that requires minimal grooming. Regular brushing with a soft-bristle brush will help keep their coat clean and remove any loose hair. They are moderate shedders and typically only require bathing when necessary. Additionally, regular dental care, nail trimming, and ear cleaning are important parts of their overall care routine.

Size

Male Rhodesian Ridgebacks typically stand between 25-27 inches (63-69 cm) at the shoulder, while females are slightly smaller, measuring between 24-26 inches (61-66 cm).

Weight

Male Rhodesian Ridgebacks typically weigh between 85-90 pounds (38-41 kg), while females weigh slightly less, ranging from 70-75 pounds (32-34 kg).

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