14+ Informative and Interesting Facts About Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very popular in their homeland. In Africa, they are still used as hunting dogs and are indispensable safari participants. In other countries, representatives of this breed are in most cases kept as companions, guards, watchdogs, and police dogs.

#1 Being natural born hunters, Rhodesian ridgebacks love to chase. Although it is fun to play with dogs that have an impulse to chase, it should only be done in a controlled area with a high fence.

#2 These are fast dogs, notorious for misbehaving when off-leash, and can be mischievous enough to find a way over a low fence or wall.

#3 Rhodesian ridgebacks, aka “Ridgies,” are so named for the ridge of hair running along their spine.

It runs in the opposite direction to the rest of their fur coat. Although it is a very distinctive feature of the breed, not all Ridgies have it.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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