Can you imagine if every breed’s name, in some way, defined a physical or behavioral function in some way?
I suppose some dog names imply behavioral tendencies (think Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Pit Bull).
However, possibly the most curious dog breed name is the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback does not get a lot of publicity.
It is true that the Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally used in the hunting of lions when the breed first originated.
However, this does not mean that this dog is mighty enough to fend off/fight/defeat an adult lion on its own.
Read on to learn more about the costs and benefits of this intriguing breed.
Why Most Rhodesian Ridgebacks Cost What They Do
Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks expensive?
Yes, in comparison to pups of another breed, a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy is relatively expensive.
However, this question is relative to what your family’s needs are. The dog world is a mish-mash of financial conundrums.
It’s possible to find free puppies; mixed-breed dogs can be obtained from the animal shelters by simply paying the spay/neuter and vaccination fees.
However, when it comes to pedigreed, pure-blooded, and/or registered canines, the investment will likely be significant.
The typical price range for the Rhodesian Ridgeback pedigreed puppy can range anywhere from at least $1,500 for an amazing deal or a slightly “handicapped” animal, but they usually run as high as $2,700, according to some professional sellers.
Be careful backyard breeders who will try to sell you a ridgeless puppy and promise that the ridge will develop later. It doesn’t.
The price of a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy usually depends on various factors, such as pedigree, bloodline, health tests/vaccinations, and any warranties offered with the purchase.
Be sure and purchase your Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy from a responsible breeder that seems concerned about the welfare of the puppy, as that is indicative of their purpose in breeding these magnificent canines.
There are some adult Rhodesian Ridgebacks available for adoption, but there is generally a $400 to $500 rehoming fee.
Many times, however, an adult dog is a more suitable match for your family as you will not have to go through all those puppy habits that require plenty of patience.
Why is Rhodesian Ridgeback price usually more expensive than Labrador retrievers?
Rhodesian ridgebacks tend to be more expensive because this breed tends to be less popular than the more readily available Labrador Retriever breed.
The Rhodesian ridgeback is more difficult to train but they’re usually less high maintenance than Labrador Retrievers.
I’ve owned both breeds and I can vouch that my Labrador Retriever required more visits to the groomer and also shed a lot more than my Rhodesian ridgeback dog ever did.
While the upfront cost of a Rhodesian Ridgeback price might be higher, you’ll probably end up spending more money in the long run on a Labrador retriever.
One thing for sure, if you’re wondering about how much a Pomsky costs, it’s considerably more expensive than a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.
The Labrador Retriever breed is generally more well-rounded dogs that have slightly lower maintenance requirements than their Rhodesian ridgeback pals.
In many ways, these two breeds have a lot of similarities.
For example, both dogs are highly active, consume similar levels of food, and are both very playful with family.
The price difference between these two breeds will also vary based on the health, the breeder, and the manner in which they are being sold or adopted.
Origin of the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Its Unusual Name
Amazingly, its forebears have been traced to the ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi.
These ridgebacks were crossed with European dogs by the early colonists of southern Africa.
In 1922, F. R. Barnes of Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), was credited with drafting and registering this dog breed.
It was at this time that the breed was recorded as the Rhodesian Ridgeback. The standard was approved by the South African Kennel Union in 1927.
Hence, this popular breed was so-named after its geographic region and the ridge of hair that stands up and runs a perfect ridge down the spine of its back.
The breed was originally bred in the Southern Africa region.
Aptitude and Attitude of the Rhodesian Ridgeback
Special Features Typical to the Rhodesian Ridgeback
- The Rhodesian Ridgeback is American Kennel Club Recognized
- The breed originates from the 1800s
- The original name was the African Lion Hound and in some areas is still known as such
- The Rhodesian Ridgeback originates from South Africa
- Its breed group is the Hound
- An adult Rhodesian Ridgeback makes a good guard dog.
- You can expect this dog to have a lifespan of 10-12 years
- The Ridgeback is a large dog, growing to be about 70-85 pounds, and has an average height of 24 to 27.” The males typically grow large than the females.
- This breed is not a prolific “barker”
- The breed is an alert, aloof, and independent breed, so it is important to buy a well-socialized puppy from an ethical breeder.
What Does a Rhodesian Ridgeback Look Like?
As we mentioned, the Ridgeback is classified as a member of the hound family.
Almost all hounds have larger, floppy ears unless they are unnaturally clipped while they are puppies.
The dogs are at their most majestic when they are alerted to stimuli because that is when the name-inducing ridge of fur that runs down their backs stands literally in a ridge from their shoulders to the back hip.
It is rare to find this breed in any other color than a tan to a dark brindle; if they are of another color, it is likely there was some cross-breeding with another breed.
The Temperament of the Rhodesian Ridgeback
Much like people, dogs become and take on much of their temperament by their surroundings and their circumstances.
However, whereas there is only one type of human (regardless of the gender matter), different breeds of dogs do take on certain tendencies.
Hence, the overall consensus regarding the Ridgeback’s temperament is very independent and aloof.
They are very aloof and in tune with their surroundings.
It is very important to socialize with this breed from the time they are pups; in turn, you will have a forever family friend that will loyally guard you and your family.
Is the Rhodesian Ridgeback a Good Choice for Your Family?
Obviously, when you purchase a new pet for your family, always give much consideration to its breed.
Here is some evidence:
One author has had more than one Great Pyrenees and often wonders why.
The intention was to protect the livestock but I ultimately lost several poultry to these hard-to-train giants before I ever succeeded in training them.
They also are the greatest escape artists of almost any breed. The current one will be my last.
Nevertheless, there are families who absolutely would own no other breed.
One Final Thought
No article about dogs as pets is complete without reminding the reader that any kind of adopting a puppy into your family should be considered an estimated 15-year investment and commitment.
There is no need to mention the numerous animal shelters throughout the country that don’t always find a new home.
A Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy will grow to have an approximate lifespan of 10 to 12 years as long as the animal is relatively healthy and the living conditions are conducive to its health.
That means Little Joey will be 25 and likely out of the house, possibly with his own family, if you get the pet for him when he’s ten.
Consider all these parameters before making this purchase and your new family member should fit right in.