Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog

AKC Group: Hound Group

The Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is originally from South Africa. It was used to hunt lions at one time, and the dog is known for its bravery. Named for the distinctive ridge of hair on its back.


A local in South Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback dog was breed by Boer farmers to occupy their distinct need for a functional hunting dog in the wilds. In the year 1877 Reverend Helm launched 2 Ridgebacks into Rhodesia where large game hunters discovered them exceptional in the game of chasing lions on horseback.

They bred and raised these dogs with understanding for their outstanding hunting abilities. The ridge at their back being a special trademark. In the year 1950 excellent specimens were brought into the USA and the dog was accepted for enrollment by AKC in year 1955.

Physical Features

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a robust, buff, and energetic hound. Balanced and symmetrical in outline. An older Ridgeback is a good-looking, athletic and upstanding dog.

The dog is affectionate and devoted to his owner, reserved with other people.

Height is usually 25 to 27 inches tall, with females standing at 24 to 26 inches. Weight varies from 70 to 80 pounds.

The coat must be dense and short, glossy and sleek to look at but neither silky nor woolly.

The color of coat must be light to red wheaten and a little bit of white on the toes and chest allowable but too much.


Dignified as well as tempered. It is reserved with strangers.

Common Health Problems

Hip dysplasia is a very common problem seen in purebred dogs like the Rhodesian Ridgeback. If a dog has hip dysplasia its hind leg have an improperly formed hip joint. With use it gets to be more lose. This problem can be verified with an x-ray.

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