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Rhodesian Ridgeback Pictures

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Right profile - A red Rhodesian Ridgeback is standing on a towel in a kitchen and it is drinking out of a green cup that a person is holding.

"Chimera, or Ky for short, the Rhodesian Ridgeback at 7 months old—Chimera weighs in at about 73 pounds at 7 months of age and is 25 inches tall. She has three crowns on her ridge which is a disqualification for show but that doesn’t matter, we love her so much. She loves to play, especially with other dogs and gets along well with people, too. She is not as standoffish as I was told RRs usually are; she likes people petting her, stranger or friend. She loves to get a bath and go on walks (she needs at least a half-hour walk/romp a day). We have taken her hunting and though she has not shown any desire to retrieve she will chase game if given the chance. She also has no fear of the sound of any gun. She has no fear of anything at all—vacuum, loud noises, cars flying by when we go on walks, other dogs, lawn mowers, sprinklers, and she only barks if something sounds out of place and 'wrong.'"

Other Names
  • Ridgeback
  • Lion Dog
  • African Lion Hound
Close up head shot - a brown dog with a black snout, black nose and brown eyes and soft drop ears looking to the right.

An adult Rhodesian Ridgeback dog—Photo courtesy of David Hancock

Close up head shot - a tan dog with a black snout and brown eyes and soft drop ears looking up in the air.

An adult Rhodesian Rridgeback dog—Photo courtesy of David Hancock

The right side of a tan with black Rhodesian Ridgeback standing in dirt that has a tire track in it. The dog has a silver and red ribbon around its neck.

Chimera the Rhodesian Ridgeback at 7 months old—"I have applied Cesar Millan’s philosophy of being the “pack leader” while training her. With all dogs, especially Rhodesian Ridgebacks, you must be the pack leader or they will walk all over you. This breed is not for the timid or shy person; you must be in command, you must keep your dog in check (they will test you; trust me, they are very smart), and you must not lose your temper and treat the animal harshly. Confidence is the key. With Ky, I never let her out the door before me, I never let her walk on a leash and drag me or even walk ahead of me, she doesn’t lie on the couch, she eats after me, and when I call her, she knows I expect her to listen and she does. In return, I give her the most important things she values: leadership, my time, my praise and lots of good treats (this is a very food-motivated breed, watch out for obesity)! If you display confidence and have an in-charge attitude, they will respect and listen to you much, much better. Harsh treatment of this breed will only backfire; positive reinforcement is a must. They also respond well to a clicker. Reliable recall is one of the most difficult things to teach a Ridgeback. I have worked and worked on this with Ky and she is pretty good, but since this breed is a sighthound, their nose is constantly into things. They will chase what runs and eat what smells different; I have pulled some of the weirdest and grossest things out of Ky’s mouth :)."

Front view - A brown with white Rhodesian Ridgeback is wearing a bright green collar sitting on a rug looking to the left.

Chimera the Rhodesian Ridgeback as a puppy—"I most definitely feel that my dog is a balanced canine; she is good with people of all ages, she loves kids, does wonderfully with my 12 pet rats, but she is also very aware and protective of me and my family. She is not aggressive, just protective; there is a difference. She is very smart and loves to be challenged; she fits very well with our family and is the perfect dog."

Close up head shot - A tan with black Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is wearing a brown leather collar standing in brown fallen leaves at night and it is looking to the right.

Leo the Rhodesian Ridgeback

The back left side of a Rhodesian Ridgeback that is standing in dirt and it is looking to the left. The base of its tail is level with its body with the tip curled up.

Leo the Rhodesian Ridgeback

Close up front view - A tan Rhodesian Ridgeback is sleeping on a dog bed. The dog has large paws and black toenails.

Leo the Rhodesian Ridgeback

Close up front view - A brown Rhodesian Ridgeback is standing on a tan tiled floor and it is looking up. Its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling. The dog has a light brown nose.

Shisma, a liver-nosed, red wheaten Rhodesian Ridgeback at 3 years old—"Shisma has a great, happy personality."

A brown Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is standing on a pile of snow on top of a large bolder sized rock and behind it is a hiking trail and a stream of water.

Shisma, a liver-nosed, red wheaten Rhodesian Ridgeback at 3 years old—"Shisma at my dad's house in Lake Tahoe...he loves it there because he gets to be "naked" and doesn't have to wear a leash or even a collar!"

The right side of a brown Rhodesian Ridgeback dog that is standing on snow on top of a rock that is next to a stream drinking water.

Shisma, a liver-nosed, red wheaten Rhodesian Ridgeback at 3 years old at Lake Tahoe

The back of a brown Rhodesian Ridgeback that is laying on a carpet. You can see the darker line down the dog's back.

Rhodesian Ridgeback—this picture shows Shisma's ridge

The back of a red Rhodesian Ridgeback is laying in a ball on a blue carpet. The dog has a darker line down its back.

Rhodesian Ridgeback—this picture shows Shisma's ridge

The back of a red Rhodesian Ridgeback laying in a ball on a tan carpet with a toy sized Yorkie dog curled up next to her front paws. The larger dog has a darker line down its back and is wearing a green collar and a long tail.

"Shisma the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Neelix the Yorkshire Terrier sleeping on the floor... the best friends are usually curled up together when asleep."

A tall Rhodesian Ridgeback is laying across a red wooden deck in the sun looking forward. To the right of the dog are two potted plants. You can see a dark line down the dog's back.

Notice the ridge of hair going down the back. This strip of hair is going in the opposite direction from the rest of the hair.

A red Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy is laying down on a brown couch on top of a blue blanket looking off to the left.

This is Kito, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. Photo courtesy of Rose Bednarski

Close up head shot - A tan Rhodesian Ridgeback is sitting in a room and it is looking up and forward. It is wearing a choke chain collar.

Thor the Rhodesian Ridgeback at 3½ years old

Side view - A tan Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is laying in a field looking forward.

Wyatt the Rhodesian Ridgeback at one year old, weighing 80 pounds laying down in the grass.

Side view - A tan Rhodesian Ridgeback is laying across a tiled floor and it is looking forward. Its mouth is open and tongue is out.

Wyatt the Rhodesian Ridgeback at one year old, weighing 80 pounds

Front view - A tan with white Rhodesian Ridgeback dog is wearing a blue collar sitting on a tan carpet next to a red ottoman looking to the right. Its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling.

Rugger the Rhodesian Ridgeback at 10 months old and such a "moose"

The back right side of a Rhodesian Ridgeback that is laying on a brown couch with its paw on a blue pillow looking forward.

Rugger the Rhodesian Ridgeback at 10 months old doing what he does best—resting up on the couch!

Two Rhodesian Ridgebacks are sitting on a brown couch backwards and they are looking forward.

Rugger and Brandi, just being Ridgebacks

A red Rhodesian Ridgeback is standing on a carpet and it is looking forward. Its head is turned to the right and it looks like it is smiling. It has a dark line down its back.

Rugger the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a little over a year old in this picture and still just as silly as ever :)

Close up head and upper body shot - A red Rhodesian Ridgeback is laying on a bed and it is looking down and forward. It has wrinkles on its head.

Rugger the Rhodesian Ridgeback at 1 year old

Top down view of a liver-nose Rhodesian Ridgeback that is standing on a hardwood floor. It is looking up and its head is slightly tilted to the left. Its face is graying and it has a dark line down its back.

This is Brandi the liver-nose Rhodesian Ridgeback at 5 years old. She is always up to something.

The left side of a tan Rhodesian Ridgeback dog that is smelling hot pink flowers on a porch.

Rugger the Rhodesian Ridgeback at 10 months old loves smelling pretty flowers, as you can see.

Action shot - A muscular tan Rhodesian Ridgeback is running across a field. Its ears are flapping up and its legs are stretched.

Rhodesian Ridgeback running full speed across the field.

Front side view - Two Rhodesian Ridgebacks wearing zebra striped shirts are sitting in grass.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks wearing their pajamas and ready for bed! Juba is in the foreground and Thoko is in the background.