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Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Also referred to as African Lion Hounds

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

All About Rhodesian Ridgebacks

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Average Height & Weight

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 25 to 27 inches.

Weight: 85 pounds.

Females – Height: 24 to 26 inches.

Weight: 70 pounds.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback


Typical Coloring

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are commonly light wheaten and red wheaten.






Rhodesian Ridgebacks are loyal, alert animals who take pride in serving as the protectors of their families. Occasionally they can be overly aggressive in defending their humans, but generally they are just happy to spend time with people, whose attention they crave.




Activity Level

Rhodesian Ridgebacks require daily rigorous exercise. They enjoy running or hiking, and if they don’t get enough activity, they can become frustrated. This breed also requires daily mental stimulation as well.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 13 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Rhodesian Ridgebacks is dermoid sinus. Canine hip dysplasia is less common but still occurs within the breed, while deafness and elbow dysplasia are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Rhodesian Ridgeback


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are good dogs for families with older kids and no other pets. Though they are generally good with kids, Rhodesian Ridgebacks should be monitored around small children because of their occasionally boisterous play. They are also aggressive toward other dogs and other household pets.




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