Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed new Facts and information


History of Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

Name of the breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

Origin of the breed: Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, South Africa.


In the 16th Century in the Rhodesian state, which is a place in South Africa, where Khoi Khoi tribes lived there.

Rhodesian State is also called a lion state, where the lion population is more in number, but now presently this place is in Zimbabwe.

After many centuries in Rhodesia, they started grazing goats, this became their livelihood. In South Africa, there are some Dutch people living with Khoikhoi tribes.

They both are planned to build farmland for goats. But unfortunately, they faced a lot of problems from lions.

Being Rhodesian is a lion state they are not able to give protection to the farm. So in order to prevent the farm from a lion, they required one dog.

Already Khoi Khoi people have hunting dogs, those dogs are very strong and aggressive, but their appearance is not good.

Dutch people became very interested in seeing this Khoikhoi people’s dog. In the beginning, Dutch peoples came with four dog breeds such as Terriers, Great Dane, Greyhomes, blood homes.

Late in the 1860s, one of the farmers in the Khoikhoi tribe planned to develop an aggressive hunting breed.

Basic Details about Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog


The lifespan expectancy of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is around 10 to 12 years of age. Some peoples who having Rhodesian Ridgeback said that proper maintenance and good diet planner keeps the dog’s lifespan up to 15 years.

Appearance and colors

It has a ridge on the backside of the body. And the color of the Rhodesian Ridgeback comes only in three colors such as Wheaten, Red, or Blue Wheaten.

The color of the nose is Black and some dogs have a liver color nose.

Its chest and feet area has white or black in color. The hallmark of Rhodesian Ridgeback has a hair in forwarding direction. The tail part is very straight and without curls.


  • The height of a male Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is 62cm to 70 cm, and the height of a female Rhodesian Ridgeback dog 60 to 65cm.
  • And the weight of the male Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog is around 35 to 40kg and the female dog ranges from 28kg to 35kg 


These dogs are more adaptable to extreme cold and hot conditions. They are a very intelligent breed, obey the commands given by the owners very quickly.

These dogs are very aggressive and strong. And they are loyal to their owners.

Pregnancy time

The pregnancy length of Rhodesian Ridgeback is less than 65 days. And its litter size is a maximum of 10 puppies. And the average litter size is around 7 or 8 puppies.

Interesting Facts and other care tips of Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

Suited for Apartment living:

Rhodesian Ridgeback does not suit Apartment livings. It will suit only Individual houses with fencing.

Food Habits

Rhodesian Ridgeback eats a lot of foods, even if it finds any food in your home means these dogs will eat. A proper food diet should be keenly inspected before giving. So, get the suggestion from any experts or veterinary doctors.

Exercise and Training:

Training Rhodesian Ridgeback is not easy like other dogs, it can able to train only those owners who are patience they can easily train this dog.

Training should be started at the beginning itself, else you will face a lot of difficulties in the later stage. They are a high stamina dog breed, they can go without using the wrist for more than 40 km.

Daily twice exercise required and walking should be given at least 45 minutes per day.

Interesting Facts:

  • Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are used for hunting purposes it’s specialty is hidden and hunt.
  • This breed got many nicknames such as king of beasts, lion dog, etc.
  • In the year 1927, this dog is approved by the South African Kennel Club.

Health and Caring

  • Rhodesian Ridgeback shed very minimal quantities. So, it does not require any cost for grooming.
  • This dog requires at least a hairbrush one time per week.
  • This dog is not suitable for first-time owners.
  • It causes diseases such as Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, etc.


For those who are having Individual houses with fencing means, this dog will be most suitable to purchase.

One who reading this article having Rhodesian Ridgeback means, kindly share your experience with us.

Questions and Answers:

How to select the original Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog?

The most important is this dog has a ridge mark on the backside and the hair are in forwarding direction, noses are black or liver color and the coat colors are Wheaten, Red or Blue Wheaten.

What is the cost of a Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog?

The cost of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog varies from place to place, the average price is $ 700  to $2000 USD. 

What is the Gestation period duration and its litter size of Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog?

The normal pregnancy duration length is around 65 days in approx. But some dogs may go up to 70 days less. And the average litter size is 6 to 8 puppies. And its maximum is 10 puppies.

Which place is the most suitable for Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog?

Rhodesian Ridgeback was most suitable to live only in Individual houses with fencing.;.

How bite force of Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog and Exercise time per day?

The bite force of Rhodesian Ridgeback is around 238 pounds per square inch.

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