Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is that they are calm, gentle, obedient, good natured, intelligent, cunning, straight forward, loyal, high strung, and very protective.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is not recommended for small children because they tend to horseplay and may knock them down.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 10 to 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 80 to 90 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to hip dysplasia, dermoid sinus, and cysts.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience on part of the owner. Shedding is average, brush every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a large yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay an average of around $1,800 + per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog but not for a good guard dog.

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