AKC PuppyFinder: Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Dignified, even tempered; affectionate toward loved ones, reserved with strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Athletic, quick, and strong, RRs need lots of exercise and socialization
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 25-27 inches (male), 24-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 85 pounds (male), 70 pounds (female)
  • Barking Level: Quiet
Breed Description
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The handsome, muscular Rhodesian Ridgeback is instantly recognizable by the ridge of hair that grows in the opposite direction down his back. Originally bred as versatile hunters and guardians, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are athletic, strong and fearless enough to keep large animals, like lions, at bay. But with their people, they're affectionate and loyal. The breed can be reserved with strangers and strong-willed so you'll want to devote a lot of patient training and socialization for your Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. You'll be rewarded with a loving family companion.

History & Job
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Origin: Zambia/Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)

Year Recognized: 1955

Breed History & Job Description: In the 1600s, European settlers in Africa (known to history as Boers) began breeding their Euro purebreds with indigenous African canines. The Ridgeback was the result of generations of their experimentation. The Boers’ dog, working in packs, was agile and fearless enough to hold a lion at bay—not to bring the lion down, as is often thought. Like other breeds developed on a frontier, RRs were (and still are) bred for versatility. They earned their feed as big-game hunters, watchdogs, guardians, and herders.

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Rhodesian Ridgebacks are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Rhodesian Ridgebacks are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.rrcus.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Hound
  • 2016 Popularity: 42
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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Click here to see all Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue Groups.

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