Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Maintenance
The Rhodesian Ridgeback requires little in the way of grooming. Brushing once to twice weekly for ten minutes with a firm bristle brush will keep this dog looking great. Using a shedding tool can cut down on the hair around the house during those times of the year when this dog sheds. An occasional bath should be given when needed. This breed does have fast growing nails which should be regularly trimmed to prevent splitting and cracking. Teeth should be routinely cleaned. Keep the hanging ears of this dog clean and dry to prevent infections. This is a high energy breed that needs daily mental and physical exercise, or else it can become frustrated and may engage in destructive behaviors. The Ridgeback’s limitless energy can be worked out through daily runs, hikes, or swims, and he can excel at dog sports such as lure coursing. Keep this dog leashed on walks and fenced in at home, as the prey drive is high in the breed. The Rhodesian does best in warmer climates whether indoors or out, and in the country where there’s plenty of space to roam. Though they make wonderful family dogs, the exercise requirements may be too much for first time dog owners.