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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Dog Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a breed of dog originating from Africa, more precisely from Zimbabwe, formerly called Rhodesia. The Rhodesian Ridgeback's most distinctive feature is its "ridge", a strip of inverted hair along its back, running from shoulder to hip. This ridge is well defined and symmetrical.

The Ridgeback is also known as the "Lion Dog of Africa", due to its legendary courage and strength. It was originally bred by the Khoikhoi tribes and Boers to track and detain lions while hunting. Today, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is primarily a loving and loyal companion, valued for its protective nature and attachment to its family. It can make an excellent watchdog and companion dog for active families and individuals who appreciate large dogs with strong personalities.

Males generally measure between 63 and 69 cm at the shoulder, while females measure between 61 and 66 cm. The average weight generally varies between 32 and 36 kg for males, and between 29 and 34 kg for females.

The Ridgeback is a medium to large sized, well-proportioned and muscular dog. It has an elegant and athletic figure, with a deep chest and a straight back. Its limbs are strong and well angled, giving it a powerful and graceful gait.

The head is medium sized, with a flat, broad skull. It has a long and powerful muzzle, and round, dark-colored eyes. The ears are medium sized, set high on the head and carried drooping.

The coat is short, smooth and dense. The most common colors are wheaten (light to dark russet) and red. Some individuals may have white markings on their chest and toes.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a courageous, intelligent and independent dog. He is loyal to his family and protective, but can be reserved around strangers. It also has a strong hunting instinct, inherited from its ancestors used to hunt lions in Africa. He is a balanced and confident dog, who requires early socialization and consistent training to channel his energy and intelligence.

The Ridgeback is an active breed that needs regular exercise to stay healthy and trim. Long walks, runs, and outdoor activities are recommended to meet his needs for exercise and mental stimulation.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is generally a sturdy and healthy breed, but like all breeds, it can be prone to certain health conditions, such as hip problems, skin allergies and hip dysplasia.

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