The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a simply stunning breed that is highly adaptable and intelligent. Known as the African Lion Hound, they are mighty and loving dogs. Their loyal natures make them an attractive breed for families or one-person owners. They are very athletic and require a stringent exercise regime to keep them happy and healthy.
|Temperament||A gentle and quiet breed who is an excellent family protector.|
|Suitable||An athletic family who enjoy the great outdoors and fun adventures.|
|Health||A generally healthy breed that can be more susceptible to specific health concerns.|
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Despite their intelligence, this breed can be a challenge to train. They are known for being sometimes stubborn dogs, so the trick with training is to start young. Your young pup will thrive on early training; however, your older Rhodesian Ridgeback may just flat-out refuse. They are solid and confident dogs and, in turn, need a strong, confident leader. For this reason, they are not advisable for first-time dog owners. Training is a must, particularly as the grown Rhodesians will require a decent amount of exercise to keep them happy. Running and jogging on a leash is one of their favourite pastimes as too, a good game of fetch at the local off-leash area. Your dog will need to learn these things as a pup rather than a boisterous dog. Socialisation is also vital from a young age. The more you expose your pup to other dogs (fully vaccinated in safe areas), people, pets and situations, the better. Experts also advise having your Rhodesian de-sexed to prevent problems with aggression and other male dogs.
Their short, slick coats require very little grooming. However, they will benefit from a weekly rub down with a rubber mitt to keep the coat and skin in good condition. The Rhodesian is also not a smelly dog and will only require a monthly bath or after discovering something stinky! Get in the habit of clipping your dog’s nails as a young pup. If you need help, ask your vet to show you at your next vaccination or check-up visit. Keeping a large dog’s nails short is good practice to ensure your dog is comfortable and avoid accidental scratches.
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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is considered a generally healthy and robust breed. However, like all breeds, they can be prone to specific health problems.
The Rhodesian is an intelligent dog, which explains the stubbornness in training as an older dog. Having the ‘what is in it for me?’ approach. This is when fun and creativity need to come into play. They need to want to work with you rather than for you. The breed is also known for being masters at creating their entertainment. If you do not adequately exercise your pup or grown dog, they will become very destructive. Utilising boredom-busting ideas, alongside a good exercise and training regime, will stave off boredom.
The breed is known to have a mind of its own, which makes them harder to train. This intelligence can also see your board Bullmastiff becoming destructive. Creative thinking and adequate exercise are essential to entertain your pup and grown dog. They do not mind being left alone. However, if bored, they will certainly find their entertainment, such as barking, digging and chewing. Good fences are also a must with this breed.
The Rhodesian will adore and love those he has grown up with. Regarding the Rhodesian’s large size, care must be taken with toddlers. However, basic training from puppyhood can eliminate much of this (for example, teaching your pup to ‘wait’ before pushing past anyone through doors and walkways, etc). Early socialisation is a must. If you do not have children, enlist in some friends or family. Your Rhodesian pup must regularly interact with children and other pets and people.
This breed does well outside and can tolerate the heat well. However, due to their coat, they can feel the cold during the cooler months. Like all dogs, please ensure your pup and growing dog have adequate shade and shelter all year around. The Rhodesian also needs good, strong fencing to prevent roaming. If bored, the breed is known for busting through fences for roaming entertainment. But many will be found snuggled up inside in a sunny spot after a good jog alongside their favourite person.
It is crucial to only source your new Rhodesian Ridgeback from a reputable breeding practice to ensure your puppy is healthy. Asking all the correct questions about hereditary problems is also crucial in sourcing your new family member. Speak to the breeder and ask to view Mum and Dad. Contacting your local Rhodesian Ridgeback breed club can also assist you during this research phase. Your chosen breeder should have ample paperwork to show they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. This process does take time. However, it can prevent the heartache and pain a seriously sick puppy or dog can bring.
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