Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Synonym(s): African Lion Hound


General information

  • Strong muscular dog.
  • Even-tempered but can be aloof with strangers.
  • Generally social with other dogs but can be a handful to train.
  • Retains hunting/tracking instincts.
  • Ridge formed by hair along spine is characteristic but some are born without it.
  • Early detection of dermoid sinus is essential in puppies.
  • Excellent guard dog or watchdog.

Biological Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information


  • Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs:
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States: