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8 Problems Only a Rhodesian Ridgeback Owner Would Understand

Written by: Arlene Divina
Arlene Divina, one of the content writers at IHD, loves going on adventures with her adorable fur baby. She now creates informative content for pet parents. Read more
| Published on June 7, 2023

Rhodesian Ridgebacks, also known as the African Lion Dog, are loved for their ridge of hair running down their back, their athleticism, and their loyal nature. However, there are some unique ‘problems’ that only a Ridgeback owner will understand.

1. The Lion Dog’s Sleep Schedule.

With their heritage as African Lion Dogs, you might expect your Ridgeback to be a fierce, active creature. But indoors, they are often found lounging around or sleeping. It’s not laziness, it’s just…resting up for the next lion hunt, right?

2. The Ridgeback “Ridge”.

That distinctive ridge of hair running in the opposite direction to their coat often leads to many curious questions, raised eyebrows, and even unsolicited petting from strangers. You might as well print a FAQ about it on your t-shirt.

3. The Great Pretend Hunt.

Ridgebacks are born hunters. But, with a lack of lions in your backyard, they are quite content to chase squirrels, leaves, or even their own tails. These ‘wild hunts’ can be quite a spectacle!

4. The Selective Deafness.

Ridgebacks are intelligent, but they are also known for their stubbornness. They’ve perfected the art of ‘selective hearing’, especially when they are called back from a fascinating scent or an intriguing squirrel chase.

5. The Velcro Dog Syndrome.

Despite their tough exterior, Ridgebacks are softies at heart and often get attached to their owners. They are known as ‘Velcro dogs’ as they like to stick to you all the time. Your personal space is not yours anymore.

6. The Ridgeback Resistance.

Try moving a Ridgeback who doesn’t want to be moved. You’ll find it’s like trying to budge a sack of cement. The Ridgeback resistance is real, especially when it’s bath time or a vet visit.

7. The ‘Lion Dog’ Misconception.

When people hear that Ridgebacks were bred to hunt lions, they imagine a ferocious, aggressive beast. Then they meet your gentle, affectionate, slightly lazy Ridgeback and are utterly confused.

8. The Ridgeback-Size Surprise.

Despite their large size, Ridgebacks often believe they are lap dogs. They love to curl up with their owners on the couch, on the bed, or in any cozy spot. Prepare to be squished.

While owning a Rhodesian Ridgeback comes with its own set of unique ‘problems’, their loyal, loving, and protective nature more than makes up for it. Sure, they might mistake your couch for a lion, your lap for a dog bed, and your commands for mere suggestions, but the joy and companionship that a Ridgeback brings to your life are incomparable. Once a Ridgeback owner, always a Ridgeback fan!

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