The breed is also athletic, requiring regular exercise. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are intelligent animals. They respond well to positive, fair, consistent training, keeping in mind that positive does not mean permissive. Because of this intelligence, an untrained Ridgeback can become a nuisance. Trained, he is a pleasure as a companion, a hunting partner, a show dog or performance competitor. Because of his innate ability to protect his family, a Ridgeback should not be trained as a guard dog. Rather, the natural protective qualities should be supplemented with elementary obedience training.
Did You Know?
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, muscular dog originally bred in South Africa to hunt lions. It is also known as the African Lion Hound.
The peculiarity of the Ridgeback breed is the ridge of hair which grows forward on his back.
In 1922, a group of Rhodesian breeders set up a standard for Ridgebacks which has remained virtually unchanged ever since.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was admitted to registry by the AKC in 1955.
The breed was created by the Hottentots, a native race of South Africa, and the early Dutch, German, and Huguenot settlers who emigrated there.
They combined Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds, Bloodhounds, Terriers, and other breeds with the half-wild Hottentot hunting breed to create the Ridgeback.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Lt Whtn Blk Nose||467|
|Lt Whtn Brn Nose||468|
|Rd Whtn Blk Nose||469|
|Rd Whtn Brn Nose||470|
|Wheaten Blk Nose||471|
|Wheaten Brn Nose||472|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|