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“Beneath the Ridgeback’s trademark ridge is a whole lot of hound: Ridgebacks are fast and powerful athletes who can weigh between 70 and 85 pounds, and oftentimes more. They come in only one color – wheaten – which spans every shade seen in a wheat field, from pale flaxen to the burnished red of a maturing crop. Ridgebacks also have two nose colors: black and the less commonly seen brown.
The formidable Ridgeback can be strong willed, independent, and sometimes domineering. Ridgebacks must be guided with a firm but fair hand from puppyhood. They are faithful friends, protective of their loved ones and meltingly affectionate with those whom they trust. Still, a Ridgeback can be too much hound for the novice dog owner.”
“The Ridgeback represents a strong, muscular and active hound, symmetrical and balanced in outline. A
mature Ridgeback is a handsome, upstanding and athletic dog, capable of great endurance with a fair (good)
amount of speed. Of even, dignified temperament, the Ridgeback is devoted and affectionate to his master,
reserved with strangers.”