How to Care for a Rhodesian Ridgeback

This breed is also known as “African lion hunter” for its effectiveness to catch these animals in his native South Africa. As a puppy, the Ridgeback is extremely energetic, but as it matures it easy and enjoy to accompany his master. This breed is well suited to life indoors, but need a big garden to play. Part of the information given below is courtesy of Club Rhodesian Ridgeback United States.

Care for a Rhodesian Ridgeback


Vaccinate your dog barely acquire and make sure you receive your annual booster shots to keep you immune to disease. Additionally, consultation with a veterinarian about products to control fleas and sets an agenda canine heart worm preventative.

Feed your Ridgeback dog food good quality. The main ingredient listed should be meat. The crude protein should be no less than 30 percent fat and 20 percent raw. Furthermore, the fiber content should be 4 percent or less.

Brush and bathe your dog with shampoo only when necessary. Due to its short coat requires little care. This breed hair changes at times.

Controls and nails clipped every two or three weeks.

If possible, try your Ridgeback exercise regularly, although it is a flexible race suit your routine. These dogs are energetic and are excellent fellow runners. Also love swimming.

Work on obedience training while your dog is still a puppy. Because of their size, these dogs are hurting themselves or others if not properly trained. They respond best to kind treatment. You need to be patient during training, as the Ridgeback tends to be stubborn.

Make your dog socialize with cats, dogs and other pets from an early age. Males tend to have problems with other dogs.

Make sure you have a fence over 6 feet (1.8 m) high around your property. The Ridgeback is very athletic and can jump fences.

You know the health problems associated with this breed. They are prone to hip dysplasia and dermoid cysts.

Get ready to enjoy your pet between 10 and 12 years, as this is their average life expectancy.