|Coat||Short and shiny|
|Colors||Buff to gold to reddish gold|
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has one of the most distinctive looks of any dog breed out there. It has a thin strip of fur that actually runs in the opposite direction to the rest of its fur. This gives its coat a unique look which is highly sought after by many breeders. Owners should check to make sure that puppies have this unique quality to them.
It is a fairly stocky breed, but it is also capable of running long distances. This is because the dog was raised as a farming breed, used to scare away lions in Africa. It may not look very menacing, but it does have the capacity to exert its will.
Most owners will appreciate the loyalty and dependability of this dog breed. They will be able to quickly and effectively train it to take on different tasks. This has made the dog one of the best of the new working breeds out there. This dog breed will also be a great choice for people who want to get a very protective guard animal. It will serve very well in this role, though it has been underrated in this capacity. Owners should start to train them from birth since this will give them a better amount of control over this headstrong breed. They also have a slim chance of suffering from a number of potential genetic disorders, such as dermoid sinus and degenerative myelopathy.
Stats & Characteristics
|Country of origin||Africa|
|Weight male||80 lbs|
|Weight female||70 lbs|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Protection ability||Moderately protective|
|Good with dogs||Friendly|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Life span||10-12 years|