Rhodesian Ridgeback - The African Lion Dog
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Rhodesia, which is now known as Zimbabwe. This breed is also known as African Lion Dog, as originally they were used for hunting and locating lions. Back then, their duty was to keep a lion at bay while waiting for the hunters arrival. To successfully do that without becoming the lion's next meal, they had to use their agility, intelligence and creativity.
Unlike many other dogs Ridgebacks think independently and often show its assertiveness. They are very good guard dogs. They tend to be reserved towards strangers but not overly aggressive. They are very active animals and need to be regularly exercised. Their tendency to dominate can be problematic, however if properly trained, they can be excellent companions.
The first characteristic we can notice in Rhodesian Ridgebacks is the ridge of hair that runs along their back, growing in the opposite direction to the rest of their hair. Male Ridgeback measures from 64 to 69cm tall and about 39 kg in weight. Females are usually 61 to 66cm tall and weigh about 32 kg. Ridgeback is a dog with balanced proportions, strong and muscular figure. Their coat colour is in shades from light to red wheaten.
Thanks to their short coat, Rhodesian Ridgebacks need very minimum care. They moult throughout the whole year so in their case it is recommended to brush them every day to remove any remaining dead hair. Their ears should be also cleaned from time to time using a wet towel.
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