Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 2ft 0in - 2ft 3in
Weight: 70-85lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 13 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount2/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Rhodesian Ridgeback Information

Rhodesian Ridgeback breedA native of South Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred as a hunting dog in the wilds. With this pedigree, this dog is an excellent hunter and also a fierce protector of family. He is even tempered and dignified, and while he is reserved with strangers, you’ll find he is quite affectionate toward those he loves.

As far as appearances goes, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong, muscular breed with a glossy fur ranging from light to red wheaten. He does well with positive, firm training and gets along great with children and other pets.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks be apartment dogs?

Rhodesian Ridgebacks aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks be left alone?

While Rhodesian Ridgebacks prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks good with kids?

Rhodesian Ridgebacks can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks friendly with strangers?

Although Rhodesian Ridgebacks can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks get along with other dogs?

Although Rhodesian Ridgebacks will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks bark a lot?

A Rhodesian Ridgeback will most often bark only when alerting about something. They likely need something or see a stranger if they're barking.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed a lot?

Rhodesian Ridgebacks shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks need a lot of grooming?

Rhodesian Ridgebacks don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks need a lot of exercise?

A Rhodesian Ridgeback will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks easy to train?

Most Rhodesian Ridgebacks are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks handle cold weather?

Rhodesian Ridgebacks don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks handle hot weather?

Rhodesian Ridgebacks do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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