Breed Guide: Rhodesian Ridgeback

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A rhodesian ridgebackDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Rhodesian Ridgeback

Height (to base of neck): female 24-26″, male 25-27″

Weight: female 70lbs, male 85lbs

Color: Various shades of wheaten.

Origin: South Africa

Coat: Short  and sleek coat with characteristic ridge along the back with two whorls.

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: None

Is a Rhodesian Ridgeback the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Ridgeback was originally bred to hunt lions in the arid and harsh brush.  They have retained their ability to tolerate harsh environments and are well suited to hunting.  They are protective and can be weary of strangers, thus socialization is necessary to prevent unwanted aggression.  They can be a good family dog when obedience training is started young.  They require vigorous exercise to prevent boredom driven unwanted behaviors.  They require minimal grooming and are average shedders.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Rhodesian Ridgeback

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $248 $1007
Lipoma $448 $2,375
Skin Allergies $666 $2,570
Cancer $1,645 $4,954
Anal Sacculitis $1,163 $9,073


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