When Does a Rhodesian Ridgeback Stop Growing?

South Africa is the Rhodesian Ridgeback's homeland.

South Africa is the Rhodesian Ridgeback's homeland.

Adult size is always a crucial consideration in welcoming a new puppy into your home. Puppies never stay tiny forever, and the little guys grow extremely speedily, too. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are sturdy, strong and big canines who take well over a full year to reach their adult sizes.

Adult Size

Adult male and female Rhodesian Ridgebacks are slightly different in size, the males usually a bit taller and heavier. Mature males of the breed usually grow to between 25 and 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh roughly 85 pounds. Their female counterparts usually grow to 24 to 26 inches tall and weigh about 70 pounds or so. Their average height measurements are taken from the shoulder area.

Stopping Growing

Puppies grow to their adult sizes in different time frames, depending on breed. Some big dogs take as long as two years to stop growing completely, both in weight and height. Canines who are small or somewhere in the middle typically stop growing a lot faster -- around 12 months. Rhodesian Ridgebacks usually get to their adult weights and heights when they're about 14 months in age. At this point, their basic growth is done and all that might change is that they might become a little thicker or fuller in appearance.

Rapid Growth

When it comes to growth, speed is the name of the game for Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies. Their puppy stage is a brief one. If you meet a Rhodesian Ridgeback youngster when he's merely 2 months in age and just over 10 pounds, don't be surprised if gets to between 30 and 40 pounds in a short span of around two more months. In the months following that, he might again multiply his body size by two. Rhodesian ridgeback puppies physiques' accommodate all of this demanding growth by eating well.

Exercise

Since adult Rhodesian Ridgebacks grow to be pretty sizable pets, their physical fitness needs are undoubtedly something to think about beforehand. These sporty and sinewy doggies have to exercise on a daily basis, period. Jogging, walking, running and hiking are all beneficial forms of exercise for these dogs. If a Rhodesian Ridgeback doesn't receive plenty of brisk exercise, he might become stressed. Dogs of this breed generally flourish when they reside in spacious houses that are equipped with yards.

 

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