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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are well balanced, strong, muscular and active dogs that have plenty of stamina.

About the Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are still used for hunting in many parts of the world, but they are especially prized as guard dogs and family dogs.

Agility and elegance are famous characteristics in the breed. The distinctive ridge on the back is formed by hairs that run counter to the rest of the coat.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
South Africa
Group
FCI Group 6, AKC Hound Group
Size category
Large
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Agile / Lively / Intelligent / Reserved / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Makes a great guard dog
  • Makes a great family dog
  • Needs an experienced owner

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