Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Names

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Introduction

The Rhodesian Ridgeback, also known as the African Lion Hound, hails from the wilds of the world’s second-largest continent. These hunting dogs were bred by the Boers (“farmers”) of South Africa in the late 19th century. Rhodesian Ridgebacks take their name from both the iconic ridge of fur down their backs and the country Rhodesia - modern-day Zimbabwe - where they first lived and hunted. The breed was prized for its ability to track down big game, cornering Africa’s most famous felines. While the kingly Ridgebacks didn’t attack the ferocious lions, they worked together to harass and confuse the large cats as their masters drew near for the kill. Today, the dignified, speedy Rhodesian Ridgeback makes an excellent bird dog, watchdog, and snuggly companion.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Names in Pop Culture

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Name Considerations

Ironically, though the breed historically came face to face with lions on a regular basis, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is quite friendly and loyal toward other familiar, furry family members of the feline variety. It’s not uncommon to see these stately dogs cuddling with kittens and certainly with their owners. The Ridgeback is both social and protective, so a gallant name like “Boss” or a regal name like “Empress” might be fitting for your new addition.

Because of its stunning appearance, the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s title may, of course, be inspired by the undeniably gorgeous wheaten coat. Different shades of brown, red, gold, and orange could lead you to the perfect name. For example, “Ruby” or “Hickory” might suit your lovable canine, depending on the fur’s natural hue.

Further, given the dog’s heritage, you might dub your pet “Zane” or “Kwini” to suggest that African connection. You’ll always be reminded of your dog’s innate hunting skills and outstanding endurance. All in all, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is loaded with unique physical and personality traits that are sure to help you land an unforgettable name.

Male Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Names

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Copper
Because his fur is red-brown as the metal
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Rhody
Short version of Rhodesia, where the breed began
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Tanner
His hair is possibly a soft tan in color
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Boss
To suggest a canine that's in charge
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Brazen
Bold and unashamed
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Clay
His coat's color possibly resembles red clay
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Hickory
To represent his coat's warm, rich brown hue
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Ignis
Latin for “fire”
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Mars
The red planet correlates with his appearance
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Peanut
A playful name that suggest his warm, toasty coat
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Zane
"Well-born" and "noble" (Swahili)
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Zim
Short for Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia
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Brawny
Muscular and physically strong
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Jumbo
Very large
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Kellan
"Powerful" (African)
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Kennedy
After JFK's famous reddish brown hair
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Leo
Latin for “lion”
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Lion
To represent the dog's heritage and hunting spirit
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Red
Popular nickname that reflect his bright fur
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Regal
Fit for a king
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Ridges
To highlight the ridge of hair down his back
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Rosso
Italian for “red”
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Rusty
To draw attention to his rust-colored hair
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Safari
Means "journey" (African)
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Scotch
His coat possibly resembles golden scotch whiskey
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Tamer
To suggest that he is a lion tamer
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Tater
A short version of potato, rough and russet in color
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Tau
Means "lion" (African)
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Wheaty
Highlights his wheaten hues
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Woody
Suggestive of wood; natural timber

Female Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Names

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Ada
"First daughter" (African), especially if she's your first or only girl
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Africa
The breed's country of origin
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Amber
A honey-yellow color
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Birdie
A nod to the breed's ability to flush out birds
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Blush
Tinged with pink; for the shy or easily embarrassed
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Buttercup
A mark of springtime; common golden flowering weed, possibly resembling her hair
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Caramel
Soft light brown like her coat
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Cinnamon
Perfect for the sweet yet spicy personality; reddish-brown tint
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Dandelion
A mark of warmth in nature; bright yellow daisy
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Ebba
"Strength of an animal" (German)
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Empress
A queen; female ruler with great power
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Goldie
To highlight her shimmering golden coat
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Honey
Golden in color and sweet - just like her
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Jamila
"Beautiful" (African)
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Kali
"Energetic" (African)
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Lioness
To represent the dog's heritage and hunting spirit
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Maple
Known for its golden-brown syrupy sap, the maple tree is a symbol for strength and endurance
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Nike
Greek goddess of victory
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Pattie
Short for Patricia, meaning “noble”
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Penny
A coin bronze in color
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Kwini
African for “queen;” pronounced “Queenie”
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Reba
Make the connection to a famous red-head, Reba McEntire
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Regina
Latin for “queen”
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Rosy
Suggesting happiness and good fortune; also colored like a red rose
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Ruby
A precious, deep crimson stone
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Sandy
Light yellow brown; resembles African terrain
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Savanna
Suggests African terrain
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Tawny
Orange-brown or yellow-brown in color
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Terra
Her coat's color resembles terracotta
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Trudy
"Spear of strength" (German)

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