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Rhodesian Ridgeback Health

Usually Rhodesian Ridgebacks live from anywhere to 10-12 years. However, they do have the following health concerns:

  • Cataracts: Both sexes can develop this health condition
  • Cerebellar Degeneration
  • Deafness: It can be complete or partial
  • Dermoid Sinus
  • Entropion
  • Eversion of the Cartilage of the Nictitating Membrane
  • Elbow Dysplasia: Can lead to malformation and degeneration of their elbow joints
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism

Rhodesian Ridgeback genetic problems

Ridgebacks do have a few genetic problems such as dermoid sinus, hip and elbow dysplasia, thyroid problems, and cataracts. This is why it is very important to know whether or not the puppy’s parents were checked for these conditions before you commit to purchasing one. Furthermore, if they have been checked the breeder will have an Othopedic Foundation for Animal Certification (OFA) available for you to see. Not to mention the fact that the OFA numbers will also be able to be found on the AKC papers as well. Additionally, the breeder should also have Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) paperwork available that shows they have been checked for thyroid and heart screenings.

What are the lifespans of Ridgebacks? - Ridgebacks generally live from ten to twelve years. However, some of them have stayed around for up to sixteen years. However, like other canine’s the only way they are going to make it to live to a decent age is if they are taken care of and their health is always on your mind. Good owners make sure that they check their Ridgebacks for lumps regularly as well as make sure they do not have changed in their behavior. is not associated with the American Kennel Club® | Home | Find A Breeder | Privacy | Terms | Contact