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Q: rhodiesin Ridgeback?

April 23, 2012 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 848 days ago

Ches21

Do Rhodiesin Ridgebacks need alot of exercise or are they couch potato's and how do they do in the city and with cats?

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Jillian
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Apr 23, 2012

They need at least two hours of serious exercise a day and are best with owners who enjoy running, biking, or jogging. Rhodesian ridgebacks were originally bred in Africa to hunt lions, and their extra large feet allow them to run several miles each day, so unless you're very active, I'd sway away from adopting this breed. They're very intelligent, but owners should be experienced in training b/c this dog can be quite willful and won't listen to just anyone. I'm not sure if they're escape artists, but usually dogs designed to roam for such long distances will figure out a way to get over {or under} a fence if you don't meet their high exercise demands.

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Kelly
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Apr 23, 2012

I concur with Jillian. Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to work as hunters and retrievers. They're also known as the "African Lion Hound." They have lots of stamina and require long brisk walks and a large yard where they can run. They do best with people who are active, like runners, joggers, etc. They can become very destructive and sometimes aggressive if they don't get enough exercise or have ample opportunity to run and expend all that energy. They make a Lab look like a couch potato. They also require a firm, in-charge person. If they sense that their owner isn't in charge or is a pushover, that person will have problems with them. They are very smart, but also very stubborn and willful and need a strong-minded, firm owner. If they are introduced to cats and other pets at an early age, they typically do okay with them. Inside they're pretty calm and kind of like couch potatoes, but that's only if they get to run as much as they need to. They're designed to run for extended periods, and need a place to do this off-leash so they can really cut loose.

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