The following chart contains the average weights and heights of male Rhodesian Ridgebacks from newborn to 3 years of age. Please note these are only averages. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s growth.
The following chart contains the average weights and heights of female Rhodesian Ridgebacks from newborn to 3 years of age. Please note these are only averages. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s growth.
These tables are based on general guidelines and can vary greatly depending on individual dogs. Always consult with a veterinarian or professional breeder for more specific information about your pet’s growth and development.
1. How large will my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy grow to be when fully matured?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are medium to large dogs. Males typically weigh between 85-115 pounds (38.6-52.2 kg) and stand 25-27 inches (63.5-68.6 cm) tall at the shoulder. Females tend to be slightly smaller, usually weighing 70-95 pounds (31.8-43.1 kg) and measuring 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) in height.
2. At what age is a Rhodesian Ridgeback considered fully grown?
While most Rhodesian Ridgebacks reach their full height by 12-18 months, they may continue filling out, gaining muscle, and maturing until they are about 2-3 years old.
3. How much should my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy eat daily?
It’s essential to feed Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies a high-quality, balanced diet. While exact amounts vary by age, weight, and activity level, puppies generally require more calories per pound than adults. Consult your vet and monitor your puppy’s weight and body condition to adjust quantities.
4. What is the typical growth rate for Rhodesian Ridgebacks?
These puppies grow relatively fast during their first six months, then their growth rate gradually slows. It’s common for them to have noticeable growth spurts, with periods of rapid weight gain and height increase.
5. Why are my puppy’s paws so big?
Oversized paws are a common characteristic in many large breeds, including Rhodesian Ridgebacks. It’s an indication that they still have growing to do, and they will eventually grow into their paws as they approach adulthood.
6. How can I determine if my Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy is overweight?
When you run your hands along your puppy’s sides, you should be able to feel the ribs without pressing too hard, but they shouldn’t be visible. If you can’t feel the ribs or there’s no discernible waist when viewed from above, it may be time to consult your vet about your puppy’s diet and weight.
7. Is it typical for Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies to be energetic and then suddenly nap?
Yes, puppies often have bursts of energy, followed by deep sleep periods to support their rapid growth. This pattern is common and is usually nothing to be concerned about.
8. When do they begin teething, and how can I help soothe their gums?
Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies typically start teething around 3-4 months of age, finishing by 7-8 months. Providing appropriate chew toys can help alleviate discomfort and reduce unwanted chewing.
9. How often should I exercise my growing Rhodesian Ridgeback?
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are active and athletic dogs. As puppies, they should have regular short play sessions and walks. As they grow, you can gradually increase exercise duration, but avoid intense or high-impact activities until they’re fully grown to protect their joints.
10. Why does my puppy seem lanky and not as muscular as adult Ridgebacks?
Young Rhodesian Ridgebacks often go through a “lanky” phase during their growth. As they mature, they’ll fill out and develop the muscular build the breed is known for, especially if they receive proper nutrition and exercise.
11. When should I transition my puppy from puppy food to adult food?
Typically, you should switch your Rhodesian Ridgeback to adult food around 12 to 18 months of age. However, always consult with your veterinarian to determine the best time and type of food for your specific dog.
12. Is it safe to give my puppy supplements to support growth?
Before giving any supplements, always consult with your vet. Over-supplementation can lead to growth abnormalities, especially in larger breeds.
13. How can I ensure my puppy’s joints stay healthy during growth?
Feed a balanced diet formulated for large-breed puppies, engage in regular but moderate exercise, and avoid high-impact activities until your puppy is fully grown. Regular vet check-ups can also help monitor joint health.
14. My Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy seems taller/shorter than the breed average. Should I be concerned?
Growth rates and final sizes can vary even within a breed. Genetics play a significant role, so if your puppy is healthy and the vet is not concerned, slight deviations from breed averages shouldn’t be alarming.
15. Are there any health conditions related to growth that Ridgebacks are prone to?
Like many large breeds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks can be susceptible to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Regular vet visits and early detection can help manage and even prevent severe complications related to these conditions.
16. How often should my growing Rhodesian Ridgeback see a vet?
During their first year, frequent vet visits are crucial for vaccinations, deworming, and growth monitoring. After that, annual check-ups are standard unless there are health concerns.
17. How does spaying/neutering affect my puppy’s growth?
Early spaying or neutering can affect growth plate closure, potentially leading to a taller dog. Discuss the ideal timing for these procedures with your veterinarian to understand any growth implications.
18. Why is my puppy’s coat color changing as they grow?
It’s not uncommon for Rhodesian Ridgebacks to experience slight changes in coat color as they mature. Puppy fur can darken or lighten as they transition to their adult coat.
19. When do Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies get their ridge?
The characteristic ridge is present at birth. However, the definition and clarity of the ridge might become more pronounced as the puppy grows.
20. My puppy seems to be growing unevenly, with the rear end higher than the front. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s called “puppy uglies” or the “flying nun” stage. It’s a phase where parts of their body seem to grow faster than others, but they will even out as they mature.