The Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of the big dog breeds. It originates from South Africa and Zimbabwe and is today not only there a popular hunting dog. In addition, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is also suitable as a guard and family dog. The breed is classified in group 6 by the FCI.
Characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback
The life expectancy of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is between 10 and 12 years.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large dog with a size of 61 to 69 centimetres. Females should reach a maximum of 66 centimetres and males at least 63 centimetres.
The weight of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is between 29 and 34 kilograms for females and between 36 and 41 kilograms for males.
Further characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback:
- Muscular build
- Deep chest
- Slightly arched loins
- Dark or amber eyes
- Black or liver nose
- Medium sized, close fitting and high set ears
- Short, shiny coat
- Coat colour either red wheat colour or light wheat colour
Rhodesian Ridgeback Essence and Character
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is characterized by a loving nature and an extremely faithful character. The intelligent animals are very reliable and adaptive.
However, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is not suitable for beginners, because its education requires a certain expertise. The right combination of consistency and empathy is the key to success for this breed. The sensitive Rhodesian Ridgeback, on the other hand, tends to react with rejection to exaggerated hardship in the upbringing and may even become aggressive.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is perfect as a watchdog because he always perceives his surroundings very attentively.
Activities with the Rhodesian Ridgeback
Originally the Rhodesian Ridgeback was used for big game hunting. Today it is also an excellent tracking dog and rescue dog.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback, provided it is handled correctly, proves to be extremely willing and willing to work during these activities.
The following dog sports are suitable for the Rhodesian Ridgeback:
- Dummy training
Rhodesian Ridgeback Diseases
One of the diseases for which Rhodesian Ridgeback is particularly predestined is hypothyroidism.
The breed is also susceptible to Symmetric Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO). This manifests itself in painful toes and brittle claws, which regularly fail.
Another disease that is relatively common in Rhodesian Ridgeback is Wobbler's Syndrome. This causes damage to the nerves in the spinal cord, with the main focus on the cervical vertebrae.
Rhodesian Ridgeback Food
The right diet plays an important role in the prevention of these diseases in Rhodesian Ridgeback. For example, if the thyroid gland is underactive, it is necessary to pay very close attention to the correct intake of iodine.
In symmetric lupoid onychodystrophy, a sufficient supply of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as zinc and biotin is important.
And also with the Wobbler syndrome a need-fair nutrition is important already in the puppy age, in order to lower the risk of an illness clearly.
Bellfor's special breed feed promotes the well-being and health of your Rhodesian Ridgeback from an early age.