Rhodesian Ridge Back

Sight Hound

Hogan and his Fawn Bella photo by Jennifer Aftanas at Mirador Rhodesians

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is an outgoing, fun-loving dog who expects the same from the rest of his family.  They should be good with older children and, if properly socialized, with other family dogs and cats.  It may be too active for, or intolerant of, smaller children and may not accept unknown pets.  They can live in apartments but need lots of exercise.  Better suited for a rural environment with a “high” fenced enclosure.  Ridgeback’s are hunting dogs and will exhibit a sense of independence.  They need early, firm and consistent training.  They need to be an integral part of the family and should not be allowed to slip into boredom.  A great dog for an outside person who enjoys the companionship of a dog.

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Notes for owners
Short Minimal OK for apartment, but NEEDS exercise.  May not be OK for children.  Firm owner.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States (RRCUS)

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue (search by state)



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA ( ita408@comcast.net), and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.