Rhodesian Ridgeback: Health Issues & Personality
Rhodesian Ridgeback:
The Rhodesian Ridgeback, despite its name, hails not from Zimbabwe but from South Africa, and is the only recognized breed to have originated there.  A handsome and muscular dog, the distinctive ridge on its back is unique to this breed: hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat creates a prominent crest along the center of the back.  In their native land, Ridgebacks are fearless hunters of lions and other big game.  They track their quarry in packs, instilling panic in the animal and driving it towards the hunter.  It should be no surprise that the Ridgeback is considered one of the best guard dogs.

The good-natured, intelligent and trainable Ridgeback is a fine pet for families who enjoy large dogs.

Average Lifespan Of The Rhodesian Ridgeback: 9-15 years.
Average Weight: Males: 75-85lbs.  Females: 65-70lbs.

Inherited Health Disorders:

Hip Dysplasia
Elbow Dysplasia

Extra Eyelashes

Dermoid Sinus: Tubular indentation leading from the skin along the midline of the back, sometimes extending into the spinal canal.  See your vet for a visual exam.
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Exercise Requirements: 3/5
Affection Level: 3/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 1/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:
Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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