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02 How is the Ridgeback around children? Other pets? As a watchdog?




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This article is from the Rhodesian Ridgebacks Breed FAQ, by richard@inet.net (Richard Gordon) with numerous contributions by others.

02 How is the Ridgeback around children? Other pets? As a watchdog?

The Ridgeback is an extremely tolerant, excellent companion for
children, able to amiably withstand a great deal of abuse from even
the smallest of toddlers. However, no child should be left
unsupervised around any dog, as either may hurt the other, even
unintentionally. And due to its large size, younger and more
excitable Ridgebacks may knock smaller children over by accident.
The Ridgeback is a gregarious animal, enjoying the company of other
dogs. Beware of having several male dogs -- this can lead to
dominance struggles (as is true with several males of many breeds).
They can be good with cats if brought up with them, but fiercely
effective in defending their territory from stray dogs and cats.
The Ridgeback is an excellent natural watchdog and family
protector, requiring only that the owner has control over it.

 

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