Before buying Rhodesian ridgeback puppies, potential owners should be aware that this breed of dog is active and strong-willed and needs an experienced owner and sufficient exercise. They need to be handled with firmness to avoid discipline problems, and they may have problems with small children who play too roughly. Handled correctly, Rhodesian ridgebacks are loyal and protective dogs that learn quickly.
The Rhodesian ridgeback is a South African dog also known as an African lion dog. A muscular, short-haired breed, adult dogs typically weigh between 65 and 90 pounds with a height of 24 to 27 inches.
Rhodesian ridgebacks have a relatively strong-willed temperament and need a firm but gentle training regime from an early age. The dogs should be properly socialized so that their protective tendencies towards their owners do not lead them to attack strangers. These dogs have great stamina and should be allowed to run freely in an open area every day. Insufficient exercise can make them destructive or aggressive towards other dogs. As long as they are well exercised, they can be kept in an apartment.
As with buying any dog, potential owners should check that the breeder is reputable and that all medical tests and preventative measures have been carried out properly.