meet theRhodesian Ridgeback


Training &Temperament

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.

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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
Light Wheaten 120
Lt Whtn Blk Nose 467
Lt Whtn Brn Nose 468
Rd Whtn Blk Nose 469
Rd Whtn Brn Nose 470
Red Wheaten 156
Wheaten 224
Wheaten Blk Nose 471
Wheaten Brn Nose 472


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Mask 004
White Markings 014