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Meet the breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking to add a loyal family watchdog and fun hiking buddy, find out everything you need to know about the Rhodesian Ridgeback!


  • Sensitive
  • Mischievous
  • Athletic
  • Low-maintenance grooming
  • Good with children


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Derived from Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred to guard and protect children and family when parents were away. Designed to hunt lions and retrieve needed objects, the breed does well hunting with humans when on horseback. Doing well in African climates, the breed was brought to America in 1950. With high endurance and the ability to outlast humans, this dog is a strong, smart and loyal breed.

rhodesian breed standards

Is this breed right for you?

A strong and protective breed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a great family pet. Playful and sometimes rough, he’s best with older children. Athletic and in need of space, he does best living in a home with a large and spacious fenced-in yard. In need of exercise, he must be walked and jogged daily. If not given proper leadership from his master, he may become mischievous and begin to rebel. Best with cats when raised with them, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a natural hunter. An excellent jogging and hiking companion, this pup is extremely loyal and loving.

rhodesian ridgeback characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Rhodesian Ridgeback

Waking up in the bed of his owner, he’s ready for his morning jog. Back at the home, he’ll eat breakfast with the family prior to taking a run in the backyard. After ensuring that all is well and in its place, he’ll head back inside for playtime with the kiddos. A snooze on the couch and he’ll be up for any type of love that you can give him. After a hike later in the day, he’ll be happy to watch TV while snuggled on the couch with the family.

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