Is a ridgeback a good family dog?

Rhodesian ridgebacks are extremely tolerant dogs and excellent companions. Ridgebacks are protective of children and other household members. These are excellent natural watchdogs and family protectors, but they do need to know that the caregiver is in charge.

Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks be aggressive?

Aggression toward other dogs is mainly a concern for Rhodesian Ridgebacks when they’re around dogs of the same gender. And, although Rhodesian Ridgebacks also get along with most cats if they’re exposed to them at a young age, they can be aggressive toward neighborhood cats who try to access their territory.

How much does a Ridgeback cost?

You should expect to pay between $1,700 to $2,500. Senior Rhodesian Ridgebacks from rescue shelters are cheaper and cost ~$500. You will need to invest in activities such as tracking or canine sports like flyball to help mentally and physically exercise this high energy breed.

Do Ridgebacks talk?

Verbal expression of Ridgebacks Although Ridgebacks are not noisy dogs and don’t howl a lot or bark all that much, they do have their “moments” when, in their opinion, verbal communication is necessary. This can sometimes be manifested in amusing display when their sensibilities have been offended.

Can Rhodesian Ridgebacks be left alone?

Ridgebacks are not the type of dogs you can leave in the garden or at home alone for all day. They need company, attention and love. They follow the owner, sometimes even into the bathroom. They need to feel that they are rightful family members.

Are Ridgebacks lazy?

Given enough exercise, Ridgebacks are generally quite lazy in the house and are more likely to spend their time lazing on the couch than doing anything else when indoors.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks intelligent?

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is highly intelligent with a strong-willed, independent streak. The breed needs patient and consistent training and a lot of positive motivation from puppyhood to avoid becoming a domineering nuisance.

How do Rhodesian Ridgebacks show affection?

The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a delightful nature, making it a faithful one-man or family dog. It is very affectionate and likes to lean on you, lie at your feet or sit on your lap if permitted. It is extremely loyal to those it loves.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks good guard dogs?

Originally bred to hunt lions, the Rhodesian Ridgeback makes an amazing watchdog and guard dog in one. With a super-strong prey drive, they thrive with experienced handlers who can dedicate time to their daily exercise needs. A word of warning – when a Ridgeback barks, it’s for a reason so you better take note!

Are Ridgebacks smart?

How Smart Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks Compared To Other Dogs? According to experienced Rhodesian Ridgeback dog experts, Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs score out of 5 in terms of how smart they are. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is ranked #52 in the dog intelligence rankings.

Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks hard to train?

As mentioned earlier Rhodesian Ridgebacks are highly intelligent and learn quickly making them ideal candidates for training. However, they are also stubborn, independent, and very much have a mind of their own. This means they can be difficult to train and need very strong guidance and ownership.