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Rhodesian Ridgeback:Dog Breed Profile

Rhodesian Ridgeback, also known as the hound because of his ability to hunt lions. The dog is strong, agile, and can run very fast. There is a noble temperament, to the master is very loyal obedience, to strangers are vigilant, cold, reserved.

One of the more prominent features of this breed is the ridge on the back, which is formed by the reverse growth of the back hair. Cristae lines are clear, tapering, and radiating. The Crista begins behind the shoulders and extends to the area between the two prominent points of the Croup, which are very symmetrical, with the lower edge of the prominent point extending more than 1/3 of the ridgeline.

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  • About Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed

    The Rhodesia ridge-backed dog has a well-proportioned profile, a stable body, and a lively personality. A mature Rhodesia ridgeback is usually handsome and strong in appearance and condition. It is an athletic dog with long endurance and high speed. He is stable, gentle, intelligent, friendly, easy to approach, does not bark, not noisy annoying, strong and independent personality, smooth body, clean and clean, is now well-loved by people, is a good family dog.  

Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Daily Care

When we bathe Rhodesian Ridgeback, we use their special body wash, with water temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees. Bathing in the winter is even hotter, and usually, we help the long-haired Rhodesian Ridgeback wash every week, while the short-haired Rhodesian Ridgeback washes every 15 days. We Dry Rhodesian Ridgeback hair with an absorbent towel, and when it dries quickly, comb it with a hairdryer for a better look. Cleaning Rhodesian Ridgeback’s eyes and ears are also important. When seeing a dog from time to time will scratch the eyes or ears should be immediately clean, otherwise, it will lead to the dog ear disease and eye disease.


Here are a few things you should give to a Rhodesia ridgeback: Protein is an important component of blood, muscle, and skin. Among them, the dog contains essential amino acid components of the protein is the highest quality. Fat is one of the biggest sources of calories in dogs. The excess that is not consumed is stored as subcutaneous fat. It has the function of protecting internal organs and promoting brain nerves. Carbohydrates, including sugar and fiber. Sugar is also an important source of body heat and helps keep the digestive organs of the dog functioning properly. Fiber helps regulate gastrointestinal function in dogs. Vitamins, which are essential for the functioning of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, act as a lubricant in the body. In addition, the dog’s body can automatically synthesize vitamin C. Inorganic substances include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and so on. Can maintain the normal functioning of the body, play a regulatory role. Water is the most important element in sustaining life. If a dog loses 10% to 15% of its body fluid, it will die.

Most people know that salty dogs will lose their hair. But this is only one of the reasons. The more important reason is that dogs do not have sweat glands. Unlike humans, they can sweat out excess salt. Rhodesian Ridgeback that eats salt is also susceptible to skin infections, which may cause hair loss. So, for your dog's health, remember not to let it eat salt!

Owners in the process of training Rhodesian Ridgeback must first adjust its own mentality, puppies, like children, the appropriate guidance can make your training twice as effective. For example, when you come home to a dog with a urine stain or poop in the middle of your living room, it’s too late to pull it over and teach it a lesson. They won’t know why you’re mad, so I had to guess. Some dogs will think you’re just grumpy after work, and they won’t be able to get close enough to you when you get home from work, while others will think you can’t poop in the middle of the living room, next time, why don’t you go someplace a little more private. In such cases, parents can observe where the dog poops most often, then place a urine pad on the place, and praise the dog when they see him defecate on the pad.

When we train a Rhodesian Ridgeback to go to the bathroom, we teach it to do it on a pee pad. When our dog knows to defecate on the pad, we can put the pad in a fixed place, take the dog to the pad before the habitual defecation, let them smell the pad, a dog will know to defecate regularly after a long period of guidance.

We can use the guide method when we train the dog not to scratch the sofa, not to throw people, and so on. With the right guidance, dogs are not only quicker to meet their owners’ demands, but they are also less likely to forget them. Sometimes our patient guidance may not be enough to get the dog to really obey immediately, so we need to do a little forced training. For example, in the process of training a dog not to pounce, we are generally guided by the following: put the dog’s leg down, again and again, see the dog is about to pounce immediately back, etc., but some dogs will be indomitable to pounce. When you come across one of these dogs, you can just push them away and tell them in a commanding tone that it’s not okay if the dog continues to pounce on you, then we can give them a little tap on the nose. By doing this over and over again, we can break the bad habits of dogs.


Rhodesian Ridgebackdoesn't wear clothes and its skin is not as intact as ours, so they need hair to protect them. The dog's hair roots have sebaceous glands that secrete oil to protect the skin. This secretion, which makes the dog's skin slightly alkaline, can protect the skin from pathogens. If we bathe our dogs often, we wash away the secretions, which can make them vulnerable to disease. In general, we can wash the dog once or twice a week in the summer and longer in the winter. There is no absolute standard. In particular, the human skin is acidic, so the human shampoo, soap is not suitable for dogs (neutral can also be), we had better use a special dog hair wash.


Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed History

The Rhodesian Ridgeback, also known as the English Poodle, originated in Port, South Africa, and was bred for hunting in the wild at the time. During the 16th and 17th centuries, more Danes, Germans, and Hungarians settled in South Africa, often with their hounds, there are Great Dane, mastiff, bloodhound, and many other breeds. European immigration was halted 100 years after 1707, but the dogs that were brought to South Africa also influenced the characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridge backed dog. In Port at the time, its inhabitants needed a dog that could guard their homes and their livestock, a dog that could withstand the harsh local conditions and a special climate that varied widely between day and night, it can also startle birds and catch wounded deer. After many years of selection and breeding, they have finally been able to breed a Rhodesian ridgeback dog that meets their requirements. In 1877, Holm introduced the two Rhodesian ridgebacks to a large hunting event in Rhodesia, where they performed extremely well, earning the dog an unprecedented reputation and attention. In 1922, Rhodesian breeders established the standard for Rhodesian ridge-backed dogs, which is still in use today. In 1955 AKC recognized the dog and registered it. The Rhodesian crest-backed dog has received high praise from dog lovers in the United States for its efficient working ability and stable personality, which never disturbs others. He only takes orders from his master, and he loves children, so he’s very popular with American families.