The Rhodesian Ridgeback

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback represents a strong, muscular and active hound, symmetrical and balanced in outline. A mature Ridgeback is a handsome, upstanding and athletic dog, capable of great endurance with a fair amount of speed.

 

Of even, dignified temperament, the Ridgeback is devoted and affectionate to his master, reserved with strangers. The peculiarity of this breed is the ridge on the back.

The ridge must be regarded as the characteristic feature of the breed.

They require positive, reward-based training,

good socialization and consistency; they are often not the best choice for inexperienced dog owners. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are strong-willed and confident dogs. They are protective of their owners and families; if trained well, they can be excellent guard dogs.

Despite Rhodesian Ridgebacks being extremely athletic and sometimes imposing, they do have a sensitive side.   They do not respond well to rough treatment.  

The Rhodesian Ridgeback accepts correction as long as it is fair and justified, and comes from someone the dog knows and trusts.