Vik: What are some similar dogs to a Rhodesian Ridgeback?
Like everything expect for the weight (average 65-75 lbs) I would like something smaller like around 50 lbs. Same body build and look.
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Answer by Ari
A bit smaller, males are 45-60 and females 40-55
Answer by langlaiszoo
I have seen Ridgebacks around 50 lbs, and just rescued a Boxer/RR mix, who is 52 lbs.
My best advice is to go walk around a dogshow, look at the dogs that appeal to you physically, then find someone willing to tell you about the breed so you know what to expect.
There are some wonderful dogs sitting at shelters around the country just waiting for someone to come in and adopt them. You might find a mix that appeals to you.
I do breed Ridgebacks, but I also rescue and foster and help place mixes.
There are pitbulls that are around this weight, and I've seen pitbull/RR crosses that are around 50 lbs. I don't like to see these 2 breeds mixed, though. Ridgebacks are very dominant and can be stubborn.
There is a breed called a Black Nose Cur that can be around the 50 lb weight as well. They look just like a Ridgeback but do not have a ridge.
Answer by Marti C
No other breed will act like a rhodesian, this is the first thing to consider when you get a dog.
A vizsla, pronounced veezsh-la, is about the same color, but, much lighter boned and shaped diffeently. They have a much different temperament, the RR is a sight hound that was bred to hunt large game, like LIONS in a small pack, they are large, strong and independant, but, at the same time, laid back and easygoing, uslually.
Viszla's are a sporting breed, bred for long days in the field finding and flushing birds, they tend to be very high energy.
There is also the Pharoah Hound, a smallish, solid red sighthound with pricked ears. Be aware, Sighthounds are not like labs, or retrievers. They are not a group of dogs that everyone can live with, they are cat like and independant!
Google- Rhodesian Ridgeback club of America;
Viszla Club of America and Pharoah Hound Club of America.
Answer by texelgirl2
English Pointers in solid Red (though they dont generally come in solid they are usually Bi-colored. White, with most other colors including Red or Orange) also, not as large or heavy as the Rhod. As for look they are a heavy breed, so you arent going to get that boxy look… maybe go with a solid Boxer? They are smaller if they are american bred.
I should also mention a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. More hair. on the reddish Chocolatey side but not as heavy.
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