Rhodesian Ridgeback dog breed<<<< Back to dog breeds
- Country: Rhodesia (Africa)
- Group: Hunting
- Weight: Male: 36-41 kg Females: 29-34 kg
- Height: Males: 63-69 cm Females: 61-66 cm
- Colors: brown, reddish-brown
- Training: easy to train
- Grooming: easy to groom
- Temperament: strong, loyal, intelligent, subject
- Health: robust and resistant
- Litter size: 6 - 8 puppies
- Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
- Other names: Ridgeback, Dog Lion, African Lion Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback caine
Originally from Zimbabwe, Rhodesian Ridgeback, also known as African lei hunter, a dog is handsome and stately, with an independent character. Neadresandu into any lover of dogs, this dog is devoted to his family and needs a firm and consistent master to him refining his model and personality.
During centuries XVI and XVII century, various European settlers have decided to leave their homelands and to begin a new life in South Africa, then Cape of Good Hope. Along with their families, they took their dogs with them and whom they owned in households that crack German mastiff them, bloodhounzi and terriers.
These dogs, although they were great companions and excelled in their own abilities, they were not qualified to satisfy all these requests fermidap Boers.
These farmers needed a dog to guard the farm, take out of hiding birds and gazelles cast down injured. Also, this dog had to be able to withstand the difficulties of the African savannah, including rapid and significant climate changes.
To form this dog 'perfect', farmers have bred dogs taken as a model of Hottentots, an indigenous South African people. Their dogs were semi-feral hounds, characterized by the presence of a ridge or a ridge along the cord.
These dogs were crossed with dogs settlers, resulting in the founding group of Rhodesian Ridgeback's one of only two breeds in the world with a mane of hair along the cord (the other is Thai Ridgeback site). It is believed that participated in the finalization of the mastiff dog Khoikhoi, the Deerhound and several races still unknown.
Finally, in 1877, the first Ridgeback them were taken in Rhodesia, now known as Zimbabwe. Hunters of large game in that region have quickly discovered that these dogs were excellent as hunting dogs are doing very well in helping to capture lions.
Hunters traveling on horseback and dogs running alongside them. When it was discovered a lion dogs were tracking, chase, and ran it all around to intimidate and confused. This gave them the opportunity to hunters closer to the lion to hunt.
Despite various legends, Rhodesian Ridgeback does not attack and does not kill lions. It was found that he was impervious to insect bites and that can withstand without food and water over 24 hours.
Programs growth and continued improvement of this breed in Rhodesia. In 1922, it designed a standard for the breed and it was called Rhodesian Ridgeback, despite its South African origin.
Food Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Ridgeback is a dog that does not have very high needs for food that is not picky when it comes time to be fed.
In general, they have a good appetite, so do not need a special diet.
There tend to have problems with weight, so that even if you will feed more or more often will be able to avoid weight gain.
Description Rhodesian Ridgeback
Beautiful and dignified, magnificent Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog. The head is flat and wide with round eyes and bright which gives the dog an intelligent expression. Eye color should be in tandem with the nose. If the nose is black and eyes are dark.
If the nose is brown, amber eyes. The ears are of medium size and are located on top of the head. They are wide at the base and tapers to a rounded tip. The snout is long and strong, just and jaws. Teeth are very well developed.
Rhodesian Ridgeback's body is solid and strong, with a deep chest. The tail tapers slightly arched upward to the top. The tail should not be twisted or be worn high. That makes up hair is short and glossy fur, which can be from light gold to dark red. Some white markings are present on chest or toes.
The most characteristic feature is the Rhodesian Ridgeback's "mane" of. It is a ridge of hair that stands out along the spine, hair that grows in the opposite direction of the direction of growth on the body. Ridge starts behind the shoulders and continue up to a point hips.
Earlier ridge, two symmetrical windings extend in the opposite direction from one another. As the ridge continues along the cord, gradually narrows until the hips.
Rhodesian Ridgeback your adult height at the withers reaches about 63-69 cm and 61-66 cm from male to female and weighs around 36-41 kg and 29-34 kg male to female.
Behavior Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback is a clean dog is considered easy to maintain. This dog is generally friendly with his family members and their friends, but do not react the same with strangers.
Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog who likes strong and imposing action that has incredible stamina. This dog is stubborn in a good way, fiercely defending his field, but it is very important that he understand that his owners are dominant members of his family.
People shy, sensitive or tend to allow the dog to be master of the house, you should think about buying another race.
A submissive dog and loyal to his family, Rhodesian Ridgeback can be aloof with strangers and even aggressive. Even if a large dog and likes to run in a fenced yard, this dog prefers living inside the home. Clean and quiet Rhodesian Ridgeback is an ideal house dog.
Rhodesian Ridgeback site adapts to living in an apartment as long as it benefits from an appropriate exercise regime. He is relatively inactive inside the home, so that will be most happy if you make available a large yard in which to be able to consume energy.
When taken out, Rhodesian Ridgeback must be kept on a leash or in a secure yard with a high fence because some of them are not too friendly with strangers.
Training Rhodesian Ridgeback
A natural protector, Rhodesian Ridgeback does not require much training to be a good watchdog and protection, such as meetings of aggression are not recommended. A Rhodesian Ridgeback aggressive can be difficult to control.
Discipline training is strongly recommended and should be initiated when the dog is still chicken. Training your dog should continue until maturity. Early socialization is also vital.
Characteristics Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback is an intelligent dog that needs a lot of mental stimulation and exercise to prevent boredom. You should be aware that a bored Rhodesian Ridgeback Rhodesian Ridgeback is a very destructive.
In addition, native dominant personality of this dog owner needs a firm and consistent. Training of listening and obedience consistent and started at an early age is crucial to prevent aggressive tendencies of this breed. The training must continue through adolescence dog to its maturation.
Also, the Rhodesian Ridgeback has an amazing capacity to withstand sudden temperature changes.
Rhodesian Ridgeback require minimal care. Regular brushing will keep the coat clean and shiny. He is one of the breeds that replaces hair and moderate.
Health Rhodesian Ridgeback
In general, Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is robust and resistant with fewer sensitivities of a medical nature. However, these disorders have been reported with increased frequency:
- Torsion (dilation) is a disease gastric sudden life threatening animal stomach filling associated with air and twist it.
- Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness and arthritis in a row.
- Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and may gradually lead to blindness.
- Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not work properly. In the absence of sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone can cause illness.
- Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord which induces disability in time and, ultimately, the inability to use the hindquarters.
- Osteochondrosis is represented by a cartilage defect that occurs in puppies during growth and is manifested by pain and the lameness.
- Dermoid sinus syndrome is a unique breed and its crossbred. It is a developmental defect occurred during embryonic life. Dermoid sinus cyst is a similar structure which lies under the skin along the cord and is sometimes in direct communication with the spinal cord. If left untreated, infirmity and paralysis can occur.
- Congenital deafness may receive some dogs immediately after birth.
- Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid inward rolling of the edge off them. Genes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball, which can lead to more serious problems.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is also prone to obesity, allergies and otitis.
The average life expectancy of Rhodesian Ridgeback's is 8-12 years.