Rhodesian Ridgeback breed information, pictures and more...

African Lion Hound, African Lion Dog, Rhodesian Lion Dog

Zimbabwe (Rhodesien)

AKC Hound Dogs, FCI Group VI.: Scenthounds and Related Breeds, TKC Hound
Dogs 25-27 inches (64-69 cm)
Bitches 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Dogs 80-90 pounds (36-41 kg)
Bitches 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)
10-12 years
7 to 8

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, handsome, muscular dog. Its name describes its most unique characteristic, a clearly defined symmetrical ridge running the length of its back, formed by hair that grows in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. This impressive, protective hound was used to hunt game, retrieve, take care of children, and guard property.

South African hunters discovered that this breed, used in packs, was very effective against lions, hence the breed's other name, the African Lion Hound. This unique dog is well adapted to the harsh African environment; it can withstand very high temperatures and the damp cold of night. This breed is insensitive to insect bites and can go without food and water for over 24 hours.


Light wheaten to red wheaten


Short, dense, sleek and glossy. It is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues:

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a hardy breed, able to withstand dramatic changes of temperature. In the USA it is ranked 57th of all breeds in the incidence of hip dysplasia, and breed clubs there, throughout Europe, and Australia prohibit member-breeders from breeding dogs with dysplasia of hips or elbows. Ridgebacks can be born with a congenital condition known as "Dermoid sinus." To minimize the risk of your RR developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable Rhodesian Ridgeback breeder

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