Rhodesian Ridgeback

KC Pedigree, Large

Doesn't moult much

Not good for first time owners

Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally used in what is now Zimbabwe for tracking lions. They were also courageous enough to hold the lions at bay until the hunters arrived.


Attractive to ...

Anyone that doesn't want a yapper. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not barkers but they will be an alert watchdog to anything unusual.

Not the best for ...

A first time owner. The Ridgeback is intelligent with a strong-willed independent streak so you need to be consistent and confident in training.


Ridgeback, Lion dog, African Lion Hound

Cross between



South Africa


People will amusingly say "You should put a saddle on it!"

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!


Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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