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What exactly does "dog breed" mean? 

A dog breed is a specific and distinguishable breed of domestic dog. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) currently has about 370 different dog breeds listed and thus recognised. The cynological umbrella organisation assigns the dog breeds to different groups and sections based on appearance and temperament. There are 10 FCI groups, including FCI Group 1: Herding Dogs & Cattle Dogs or FCI Group 3: Terriers.

Which dog breed suits me?

For us humans, learning about the different dog breeds is crucial, especially if we want to take in a four-legged friend. Which dog suits me? This is the all-important question when buying a dog. It doesn't always have to be a purebred animal, because even in the case of mixed breeds from the animal shelter, the various breed combinations give us information about whether the dog will grow very large, for example, or possibly has a hunting instinct. In the end, however, it is not only the breed and its characteristics that determine the development and behaviour of the four-legged friend, but also the upbringing and socialisation.

The African Lion Hunter Rhodesian Ridgeback - Profile

  • Weight: 30 - 36,5 kg
  • Shoulder height: 61 - 69 cm
  • Ø Life expectancy: 10 -12 years
  • Colours: Light wheaten or red wheaten
  • Classification: FCI Group 6 - Running Dogs Sweat Dogs and related breeds

History and origin of the Rhodesian Ridgeback

The ancestors of the Rhodesian Ridgeback come from southern Africa. Here the dogs were mainly used for hunting in small groups, especially to track down lions and keep them at bay until the hunter arrived, but also to protect herds from the lions. The Khoi-Khoi tribe described the breed as particularly fearless and courageous and they believed that these characteristics were due to the special hairline on the back of the Ridgeback. Here the direction of growth of the coat is in the opposite direction. In 1922, Francis Richard established the first breed standard in the former Rhodesia, taking his cue from the Dalmatian. Until today, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is the only breed originating from South Africa that is recognised by the FCI.

Character and nature of the Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is characterised by several traits. On the one hand, he has a strong loyalty to his caregiver and has a reliable and affectionate character, but on the other hand, he is initially reserved towards strangers. Due to its high intelligence, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a particularly adaptive breed. Although the Ridgeback was used for hunting lions in South Africa, he does not show any aggression and is generally very friendly and sensitive, especially towards children. He has a loving character and shows a protective instinct.

Training - the Ridgeback needs clear rules

Especially because of the Rhodesian Ridgeback's origins and his character traits, such as being a shooter and hunter, it is important to start with intensive training right from the beginning. A mixture of clear rules and sensitivity should be used. Thanks to its high intelligence, the Ridgeback learns particularly quickly, but is not really an adult until it is about three years old. The big dog needs discipline, a lot of training and a lot of love.

Keeping the Rhodesian Ridgeback - exercise is a must

The Ridgeback feels at home in an active family. He needs a lot of exercise and enough time to run around. To do justice to the breed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback should always be mentally challenged. Sports such as agility or obedience are suitable for this purpose, as they keep the dog physically as well as mentally occupied. A dog of this size and with this urge to move should be kept in a flat or a house with a garden and is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.

Fashion Tip/Size Recommendation for the Rhodesian Ridgeback

With its short, beautiful coat, the Ridgeback can wear almost anything. Earthy colours are particularly suitable, as the short coat shows them off to advantage and allows the wheat-coloured coat to shine. An example of a perfect match would be our dog collar Makassar with a matching leash, poop bag dispenser and treat bag. With an average neck circumference of 50 - 55 cm, the XL size is suitable for this collar. Our premium dog biscuits are also ideal for training and will tempt even the most stubborn fur noses.

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