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Breed:

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Group (AKC):

Hound

Country of Origin18th century South Africa
Type of coatshort, stiff, shedding with ridge of hair swirls or crowns growing in the opposite direction
Groomingperiodic brushing, regular bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning
Average height24-27 inches
Average weight65-85 pounds
Activity levelhigh
Watchdogyes! Excellent ability
Protectionno
Intelligencevery high
Trainabilityaccute sense of smell will distract, training may be difficult, use firm, precise methods, go slow
Compatibility with childrennot recommended, can be easily irritated
Characterextremely intelligent, independent, affectionate, stubborn, bold, courageous, powerful, great endurance
Ideal home environmenthome with fenced yard - do not leave unattended for long periods of time, prefers warmer climate
Ideal ownerstrong, firm, patient leader with time to train, socialize, and exercise
Suggestions:early socialization and obedience training
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Additional notes:

This breed is not for everyone. You have to fully understand and appreciate the original purpose of this breed. They are extremely sensitive but yet can be very strong-minded. Some will confuse their inability to be pushed around with stubborness. Sometimes in training when corrected too harshly the dog may panic, freeze, and simply put the brakes on and refuse to cooperate. In worse cases the dog may become aggressive towards the handler/owner. This is not stubborness per se but part of their ingrained temperament. When handled properly, the Rhodesian Ridgeback can be a wonderful (and yes, affectionate) dog.

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