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Basic characteristics

Country/Region of Origin:                                                South Africa
Trainability:                                                                                 Hard
Size:                                                                                              Big
weight:                                                                                   30-40Kg
Energy level:                                                                          Medium
Exercise needed:                                                              60min/daily
Color:                                                                                 Black/Gray
Protection:                                                                                   High
Shedding:                                                                                     Low
Area needed:                                                                                 Big



Additional information (Wiki): The Rhodesian Ridgeback is dog breed indigenous to Southern Africa. It was used by the earliy Africans to hunt lions. This is most likely why this dog is known for its bravery and willingness to take on anything. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoisan people (referred to by the colonists as "Hottentots").

Ridgebacks are loyal and intelligent. They are, however, aloof to strangers. This is not to be confused with aggression: A Ridgeback of proper temperament will be more inclined to ignore a stranger than to challenge them. This breed requires positive, reward-based training, good socialization and consistency, and is often not the best choice for inexperienced dog owners. Ridgebacks are strong-willed, intelligent, and many seem to have a penchant for mischief, though lovingly. They are protective over their owners and families. If trained well, they can be an excellent guard dog.

Despite their athletic, sometimes imposing exterior, the Ridgeback has a sensitive side. Excessively harsh training methods that might be tolerated by a sporting or working dog will likely backfire on a Ridgeback. The Ridgeback accepts correction as long as it is fair and justified, and as long as it comes from someone he knows and trusts. Francis R. Barnes, who wrote the first standard in 1922, acknowledged that "rough treatment ... should never be administered to these dogs, especially when they are young. They go to pieces with handling of that kind."

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