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Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Profile

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are large, muscular hunting dogs that are easily distinguished because of the ridge of hair they have that runs down the center of their backs. The ridge is especially noticeable because it grows in the opposite direction of the rest of the coat. They come in a variety of different colors ranging from light to dark wheaten. Some Ridgebacks even have small markings on their feet and chest. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a long head accompanied by a flat skull. Not to mention the fact that their muzzle is long, powerful and very deep. However, their sparkling eyes are wide an inviting for the right owner and fit in with the color of their noses and coats. Furthermore, they have medium ear that are located at the top of their head and a long tail that slightly curves up.

Measurements -Male Ridgebacks are about 25-27 inches tall and weight no more than 85 pounds while female Ridgebacks are about 24-26 inches tall and weigh no more than 70 pounds.

Color and Coat-Ridgebacks are the one breed that has no odor on their short and shiny coats. However, they do shed lightly throughout the year unless they are considered outside dogs they will experience heavy shedding. Depending on the type of breed you decide to go with you may have a dog that is wheaten ranging to red wheaten. Furthermore, they have the ridge of hair on their backs that was discusses previously.

Grooming – Rhodesian Ridgebacks require very little grooming at all. In fact, they only need to be brushed about once a week and wiped down with a damp cloth. Not to mention the fact that they only have to be bathed moderately and if you brush and rub them down as suggest they will only need a bath as much as once a year.

You should regularly check their ears to make sure that wax is not built up and to insure that they do not have any type of infection. Additionally, you should clean their ears with a cotton ball and cleanser suggested by the vet. Also, you will want to make sure that you are brushing their teeth every week as well. Not to mention the fact that their nails need to be cut monthly. is not associated with the American Kennel Club® | Home | Find A Breeder | Privacy | Terms | Contact