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Are you postponing walking or jogging for lack of a companion? A Rhodesian Ridgeback and you'll be out of excuses (fingers crossed). Strong, athletic and powerful, Ridgebacks love a run; calm, obedient and gentle they are content too to take a nap on your lap after the jog. 

They are intelligent and independent, making them easy to train and yet it will take some time. If you want a wonderful, loving companion, be firm, confident and assertive in your methods and consistent with the rules. Food treats and praise work well while training a Rhodesian Ridgeback. If you're a first time-owner, maybe you want to continue looking as they can be a lot of dog to handle.

Rhodesian Ridgeback's like to be around people and live indoors. This large, muscular breed may not be best suited for little children - they might end up playing 'bump' without realising so. They are aloof, at best dignified, towards strangers. Suspicious looking strangers? Back off or you'll have hell to pay. They have a high hunting instinct but if you socialise your Ridgeback early and well with your little kitten they could live happily ever after.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks aren't fussy - they will do well in a house with a large patch of green or a large apartment with barely a plant, provided they get their daily dose of exercise. A couple of short walks or runs, playtime in a yard or park and your buddy will happy. Keep them on a leash lest they decide to rid your neighbour's home of his favourite pet mouse.

A bored Ridgeback will get destructive - dig craters in your manicured lawn, bark incessantly or chase your little kitty silly. Put on those sneakers on and go for a run, already!

Rhodesian Ridgebacks, with the distinctive ridge of hair on their back,  are easy to groom. Simply brush their smooth, short-haired coat (in buff, gold or rust) regularly to remove loose or dead hair, bathe occasionally and your buddy will be ready for a dog walk. Brush teeth and trim nails regularly. They are average shedders and do not give off any body odour.

Taking care of a Rhodesian Ridgeback at home
Much of what you can do to keep your Rhodesian Ridgeback healthy and happy is common sense (phew!) - watch the diet, lots of exercise, regular grooming and visiting the vet in case of unusual behaviour or symptoms. Also, do stick to the schedule of recommended examinations and vaccinations.

Another important step is to sign up for pet health insurance that will help you cover costs of medical tests and procedures that maybe needed during his life.

Routine care, diet and exercise
Build a routine care into your schedule so that your Rhodesian Ridgeback enjoys a long, healthy and happy life (wag, wag, wag). The importance of a proper diet and a regular exercise routine cannot be overemphasised.

  • Brush coat weekly.
  • Brush teeth at least thrice a week.
  • Keep the diet consistent and do not give her human food.
  • Feed a high-quality, age-appropriate diet.
  • Exercise your dog regularly but do not overdo it.

Spaying or Neutering
One of the best things you could for your Rhodesian Ridgeback is to have' him' neutered or 'her' spayed. Which basically means surgically removing the testicles in males, and the uterus and ovaries in females. Doing so, decreases the likelihood of certain cancers and eliminates the possibility of your pet becoming pregnant or fathering unwanted puppies. It is also a good time for the surgeon to evaluate and possible address some of the diseases that your dog may develop.

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