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Rhodesian Ridgeback breed profile

Training and intelligence
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are intelligent, but they can also be independent thinkers, so it crucial to establish that he must follow your lead. These are tall, sturdy, powewrful dogs, and it is vital to start training as early as possible. They are naturally very clean, which is helpful in housetraining.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is bold and determined, but loyal and affectionate too. They can be very tolerant with children if they are brought up with them, although their sheer size and exuberance when young can cause accidents. They are generally gentle with their families, and those people their family introduces.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have very defensive instincts, and they will act to protect their terriotory and people if they feel it is necessary. Strange people are not necessarily viewed as friends, and this is definitely a breed that needs socialisation.

Grooming and shedding
The short Rhodesian Ridgeback coat sheds little, and needs little grooming. They do not have a strong doggy smell - apparently a hangover from their hunting history, where a strong scent would have been a giveaway to prey.

When young, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are exuberant and boisterous, although they do gradually calm down into a more dignified adulthood. They do require a considerable amount of exercise; while not plaguing you to take them out, they will always be ready for more.

Need for company
Rhodesian Ridgebacks love their people, and bond with them very closely. They don't like to be left alone too much, and can become destructive. A habit of barking can develop if left alone too much.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally used to hunt lions, which shows a lot about their strength of character. They have healthy appetites, love their food, and will drool if they have to wait for it. They can jump high, so secure fencing is a must, and some enjoy swimming.


I disagree with the "do not have a strong doggy smell" comment. My gf has a 3 year old ridgeback, and the next day after a bath, he instantly has a terrible smell. He lives in a clean house, we've tried different foods, he just naturally has a stinky coat.

Episode 190 - What It's Like to be a Dog and Barking Mad Dog Holidays

Gregory Berns talks about his book What It's Like to be a Dog, which is a thought provoking and fascinating read. Sue Corfield tells us about the dog activity holidays she runs in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Plus we've rounded up some happy stories for the DogCast Radio News.

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Episode 186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

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Episode 185 - Doggie Food Bank and Animal Naturopath Lyndall Pinchen

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Episode 184 - Galen Myotherapy for dogs

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