The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a handsome large dog with an average size of 61 to 69 centimetres and 70 to 79 pounds. It has a distinctive ridge that adds charm to its strong and muscular body. This hound has a long and broad head with a well-defined stop, black or brown nose depending on its coat, a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite, and long powerful muzzle. Its round eyes can be dark or amber, which show an alert and intelligent expression. Its moderately large ears are set high on its head and are wide at the base.
The Ridgeback has a beautiful short, dense and sleek coat, highlighted by its ridge that runs full length on its back. According to KC standards, the accepted colours are light wheaten, red wheaten, and red wheaten. Grooming this breed is very easy because it is a clean dog that is virtually odourless. It only needs brushing and wiping with chamois leather once or twice a week.
To complete the Ridgeback’s grooming routine, brush its teeth twice a week to avoid dental problems, trim its nails when you hear clicking sounds on the floor, clean its ears regularly to remove wax build-up, and check its skin for bumps and parasites.