News / May 31, 2024

Dog Breed Files: All About The Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed


Originating from Southern Africa, the dog breed ‘Rhodesian Ridgeback’ is a member of the Hound group of dog breeds. They can live for more than 10 years and rarely bark. They have a confident temperament and are highly intelligent. 

They are a result of crosses between the native ridge Khoikhoi dog and European breeds, such as Greyhounds and Mastiffs, who were brought over by settlers. This allowed for the breed to be naturally resilient to the tsetse fly which can cause fatal disease, and their ability to cope in hot weather. 

Striking Features

Ridgebacks are known for having striking features, the most obvious one being the ridge of hair along their back, which is where their name derives from. 

Another distinctive feature is their colour. Ridgebacks only come in one colour, although their shorthaired coats can vary from light gold to deep auburn and other shades of wheaten. 

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

Hunters At Heart

Dogs of this breed are amazing hunters, and so they were originally bred to hunt lions. The breed is also known as the African Lion Hound due to their history of helping hunt lions in the Savannah. 

Their hunting skills also mean they are fast runners, being in the top 20 fastest dog breeds in the world, reaching speeds of 30mph. 


This breed of dog has a strong prey drive, as this is what they were originally bred to do, so it is important for them to be trained in a safe and secure environment while being trained off-lead. 

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed


Overall, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are strong-willed and independent but can be loyal companions who enjoy working alongside their owners. 

More Info

For more information on other dog breeds, see our other blog posts. Read all about the Mexican Hairless dog, the Chinese Crested dog, and the Lagotto Romagnolo.

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