The Rhodesian Ridgeback is said to have originated in South Africa from several different known and unknown breeds. They are a large and tough breed of dog that can on occasion be a little difficult to care for. Here are a few tips to help teach you how to properly care for a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
When caring for a Rhodesian Ridgeback, it is important to realize that they need a lot of exercise and some very thorough training. They do okay with children, but they are so big that they will easily be able to knock them down; however, they are considered a calm, gentle family dog. The Rhodesian Ridgeback does okay in apartments, but the need for exercise has got to be addressed properly! They need lots of daily walks and off leash exercise, and without this they can develop a lot of behavioral problems.
To properly care for a Rhodesian Ridgeback you need to provide them with a lot of social interaction. Without this important aspect to the care of the Rhodesian Ridgeback it can become high strung and hard to deal with. With enough social interaction they love and become devoted to their owners. They are extremely protective over their owners as well. Make sure you introduce any small animals or cats to the dog when it is younger to prevent any problems with them in the future.
Also when learning to care for a Rhodesian Ridgeback, take into consideration its predisposition to certain health issues. They are a very rough, tough breed without too many problems, however, they are more susceptible to hip dysplasia than some breeds. This condition requires a lot of veterinary attention in some of the worse cases.
Proper grooming is an important aspect of any dog's proper care, including the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They need to be bathed only when necessary but brushed regularly with a soft bristle brush. Send them to the groomer for nail clippings, ear cleanings, and other more difficult tasks. Also remember that since the dog is short-haired it will need extra shelter during the winter to prevent any health problems.
Always remember that caring for Rhodesian Ridgeback and any other dog will also mean it needs nutritionally complete food and fresh water daily. Take your dog to the vet on a regular basis and when emergencies pop up. I hope this article has been informative and helped you learn more about caring for the Rhodesian Ridgeback.