Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Information

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally bred to hunt lions, so these dogs are large, muscular, and athletic. One of the most striking characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is the ridge that is formed by whorls of hair that run in the opposite way from the rest of the coat. Although the Rhodesian Ridgeback is intelligent, the breed is strong-willed and somewhat stubborn. A confident owner and good training will bring out this breed’s best qualities; namely, loyalty and affection. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is surprisingly adaptable, they can live comfortably in most setting, even in apartments, providing that they get enough exercise. Rhodesian Ridgebacks can get along with children, but they are more suitable for families with older children, as these dogs can be a little rowdy for small children.

Rhodesian Ridgeback breed attributes

About Rhodesian Ridgeback breed

Description

The Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally bred to hunt lions, so these dogs are large, muscular, and athletic. The ears are floppy and quite high-set on the head. The eyes are large and almond shaped. The Ridgeback’s long neck leads down to a deep chest, a powerful back, and sloped muscular shoulders.

Origin: South-Africa

Look

One of the most striking characteristics of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is the ridge that is the breed’s namesake. The ridge is formed by whorls of hair that run in the opposite way from the rest of the coat. The ridge is about 5cm wide and runs the length of the dog’s back, from just behind the shoulders to the hips. The origin of this ridge of fur is uncertain, though some theorise that it came from the original African dogs that are the ancestors of the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Some Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies are born without a ridge. These puppies are typically healthy but cannot compete at breed shows.

The Ridgeback has a sleek, glossy, short coat with a colour that is described as “wheaten”. Some Ridgebacks have some black or dark brown guard hairs, and other have small white markings on the chest and toes. Some dogs may have a dark mask marking, and other may have brown noses. Rhodesian Ridgebacks tend to shed, but this can be controlled by brushing and wiping your dog’s coat with a damp cloth about once a week.

Health

While the Rhodesian Ridgeback is generally a healthy dog, they are prone to a few health conditions:

  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Dermoid sinus
  • Hypothyroid
  • Bloat (gastric dilatation volvulus
  • Degenerative myelopathy

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Learning

Although the Rhodesian Ridgeback is intelligent, the breed is strong-willed and somewhat stubborn. A confident owner and good training will bring out this breed’s best qualities; namely, loyalty and affection. Young Ridgebacks are very energetic and playful, but with the onset of adulthood, they tend to settle down and become calm, quiet dogs.

Temperament

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a loyal and intelligent dog. Although they tend to be aloof with strangers, they are even-tempered and even affectionate with their humans. They will usually ignore a strange person rather than behave aggressively, though a poorly socialised Ridgeback may be aggressive to strange animals. Despite their size and heritage as fearsome lion-hunters, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is surprisingly sensitive and should never be handled roughly. A firm but fair approach is best for these dogs.

Living with

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is surprisingly adaptable. They can live comfortably in most setting, even in apartments, providing that they get enough exercise. Young Ridgebacks are very energetic and need plenty of exercise, but as they age these dogs settle down and only need a minimum of half an hour of exercise per day.

Wherever you live, be careful to prevent your Ridgeback from escaping. These dogs are clever and get bored easily; one of their favourite things to do when bored is to escape! A high fence is needed to keep them from escaping; even electric fences won’t hold in a determined Ridgeback.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks can get along with children, but they are more suitable for families with older children, as these dogs can be a little rowdy for small children. If they are raised with other pets, Ridgebacks can get on very well with them, though may be suspicious of strange animals.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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