This article is from the Rhodesian Ridgebacks Breed FAQ, by email@example.com (Richard Gordon) with numerous contributions by others.
Ridgebacks tend to bark only when there is something worthwhile to
bark at (unless one has fallen into bad habits out of boredom).
They are very athletic, easily able to clear high fences unless the
owner has taken proper precautions to see that this does not occur.
Proficient swimmers, they can be an annoyance if the owner does not
want them in the pool! They are not usually nuisance diggers, but
can create large pits to escape summer heat if left out of doors. A
Ridgeback can become a roamer out of boredom, often falling victim
to automobiles, so it is important to have a properly fenced yard.