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Rhodesian Ridgebacks are loyal and intelligent and somewhat aloof to strangers. This is not to
be confused with aggression; a Ridgeback of proper temperament will be more inclined to ignore,
rather than challenge, a stranger. This breed requires positive, reward-based training, good
socialization and consistency; it is often not the best choice for inexperienced dog owners.
Ridgebacks are strong-willed, intelligent, and many seem to have a penchant for mischief,
though loving. They are protective of their owners and families. If trained well, they can be
excellent guard dogs.

Despite their athletic, sometimes imposing, exterior, the Ridgeback has a sensitive side.
Excessively harsh training methods, that might be tolerated by a sporting or working dog, will
likely backfire on a Ridgeback. The Ridgeback accepts correction as long as it is fair and
justified[citation needed], and as long as it comes from someone he knows and trusts. Francis R.
Barnes, who wrote the first standard in 1922, acknowledged that "rough treatment ... should
never be administered to these dogs, especially when they are young. They go to pieces with
handling of that kind."
RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK
Named for the peculiar ridge on his back,
the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a handsome
and strong working dog originating from
southern Africa, where he was used for
big-game hunting. His clean, musculature,
symmetrical outline and distinctive
sighthound body endow the Ridgeback
with impressive speed, power and
endurance. This is a dog graced with
intelligence, patience and a keen sense of
humor, making him a delightful
companion, brilliantly adapting to life as a
pet and weekend sports dog.

The author's discussion of the breed
standard and the breed's characteristics
will prove useful to the novice and
experienced owner alike. Comprehensive
in its scope and up-to-date in its content,
this book offers expert advice on the
selection of a puppy, breed-specific health
concerns, house-training and obedience
training as well as everyday care
maintenance, including feeding, grooming,
exercise and safety considerations.

Whether you are a newcomer to the
Rhodesian or a committed fancier showing
and/or racing your dogs every weekend,
this new breed guide promises to be an
indispensable addition to your library.
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complex information in a lively, accessible
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choosing the right puppy (or adopting the
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Thoroughly discusses more than 100
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