Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Rhodesian Ridgeback overview

This strong muscular dog is even-tempered but can be aloof with strangers. Generally social with other dogs but can be a handful to train. They were originally used for big game hunting in South Africa. The Rhodesian Ridgeback retains hunting/tracking instincts.

Their ridge is formed by hair along spine and is characteristic but some are born without it. They make excellent guard dogs or watchdogs. 

Other known names for Rhodesian Ridgeback

African lion hound

Rhodesian Ridgeback foreign names

Pronkrug / Rhodesische pronkrug / Leeuwhond (Dutch), Perro Crestado de Rhodesia (Spanish)


Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)

Breed Group

Hound Group

Biological data

Male: 30-40 kg.
75 lbs.
Female: 30-40 kg.
65 lbs..
Male: 63-67 cm (withers).
25-27 inches.
Female: 61-66 cm (withers).
24-26 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Light wheaten or red wheaten.
Head, body, limbs and tail of uniform color.
Little white on chest and toes is permissible, but excessive white hairs here, on belly or above paws is undesirable. White toes are undesirable.
Dark muzzle and ears are permissible.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback – Breed standard

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Rhodesian Ridgeback references and further reading

Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Deutschland 


The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States  
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue 

Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain  
Midlands and Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Support and Rescue Trust 

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AP-15QYVU - Rhodesian Ridgeback
Photo © Animal Photography, Alice van Kempen

Rhodesian Ridgebacks indoors

AP-1MB7XN - Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy
Photo © Animal Photography, Paul Cotney