35-40 kg (approx)
10-12 years (approx)
The Rhodesian Ridgeback should represent a well-balanced, strong, muscular, agile, and active dog. The emphasis is on agility, elegance, and soundness with no tendency towards massiveness. The peculiarity of the breed is the ridge on the back, which is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat.
Centuries ago, when the first white people arrived in South Africa, they found that the Hottentots at the Cape were using dogs of the Ridgeback type for hunting purposes. The peculiar ridge of hair distinguished it from other breeds. The name Lion Dog became popular because several big game hunters found them by far the best for lion hunting. Ridgebacks would harass the lion by constant feint attacks until it was held in sheer bewilderment, giving the hunter a shot at close range.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a delightful nature. He is a faithful one man or family dog and his friendship, once given, is for life. He is extremely loyal to those he loves but distinctly offhand with strangers. He is placid, easy-going, putting up with endless torment from children, as well as being highly intelligent and quick to learn. The Ridgeback is an excellent guard and his deep bark warns intruders to keep away from his property
This is a fast-growing dog that should not be overfed or over-exercised as a puppy, as this puts too much stress on developing bones. Occasional washing will make them more pleasant around the house, although as a short-haired breed they are a very clean breed. They also like a daily walk.