Originally from South Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large breed specifically bred to hold a lion at bay without any attempt to attack, so that the hunter could get a good shot at it.
Its name stems from the fact that it has a ridge of hair down its spine growing the opposite way to all the other hair. The first part of the name denotes the area that it was first known from, rather than being the exclusive area from where it was bred.
The breed is valued for its protective trait as it was used to guard the village children from being harmed by predators. Today that trait is still in evidence making the Rhodesian Ridgeback an excellent family dog.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, handsome, clean dog not prone to be quarrelsome or aggressive. The short coat is undemanding to care for, hardly sheds at all and requires minimal grooming.
The breed would have eaten of African game such as elephant, zebra, wildebeest, lion and goat. Its diet could well have included peanuts, brown rice and wheat.
Today it can easily assimilate horsemeat or a blend of poultry, pork and lamb, with avocado, wheat and/or brown rice. Avoid foods such as white rice, white potatoes beef and soy products.*
As for the Rhodesian Ridgeback and most breeds of dogs it is highly recommended that a quality dog vitamin supplement be added as a regular part of their daily nutrition as dog foods alone cannot provide all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrition that your beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback needs. A quality dog vitamin will aid in maintaining a healthy dog and thereby increasing their quality of life and longevity.
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*Before altering your dog's diet it is absolutely necessary that you discuss this with your vet. Your veterinarian should have all the vital information on your dog such as any previous ailments etc. and should make the final determination on the proper feeding and nutrition of your dog.
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