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How Often Should You Bathe A Rhodesian Ridgeback?

By Kerry
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Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a very popular dog breed with an active lifestyle. They have been bred for over 100 years as hunting dogs in Rhodesia, Africa. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed from a cross between Basenji and the African hunting dog.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is also considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds around, with a strong sense of loyalty and a desire to please their owner.

Rhodesian ridgebackin near the water

This breed loves being outdoors and will run after anything moving on the ground or flying through the air.

These dogs can also be trained to work as guide dogs for people who suffer from visual impairments.

We are going to be taking a look at how often the Rhodesian Ridgeback needs to be bathed and what the best grooming routine for them would be, as well as some general knowledge information on the breed.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback As A Breed

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a medium to large-sized dog with a long body and short legs. Their coat is thick and weather resistant. The hair on their head is double-coated and should be kept trimmed regularly.

Their ears are usually folded back against the skull when not in use. The Rhodesian Ridgeback’s eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown in color.

They have a broad forehead and a flat nose and are known to be extremely agile and athletic. They love running and jumping and need plenty of exercises. They are also excellent swimmers and climbers.

This breed is a working dog and is used in many different types of jobs. They are great guard dogs, but they are also good watchdogs. They are sometimes used by police forces because of their intelligence and ability to track down suspects.

The Rhodesian Ridgebacks are also used as guide dogs- once trained to do so- as well as assistance dogs for people with autism. They make wonderful family pets too, making them a highly versatile breed!

How Often Should You Bathe A Rhodesian Ridgeback?

It is important to keep your Rhodesian Ridgeback clean and healthy. On average it is best to bathe them every two weeks or so.

It is recommended that you give them a bath once a month if they live outside all year round. In colder climates, it may be necessary to bathe your dog more frequently.

What Does Your Dog Need To Be Cleaned Of?

Your dog’s skin is covered in fur which helps protect them from the elements. When this fur gets dirty, it can cause problems and health conditions such as allergies or infections. Keeping your dog’s skin healthy and clean is essential for keeping your dog in the best health.

Dogs shed their coats throughout the year. However, the amount of hair they lose varies depending on the season. During the winter months, your dog’s coat tends to get longer and thicker than during the summer months. If your dog has a lot of loose hair, then you may want to consider trimming it regularly.

Bathing A Rhodesian Ridgeback

As mentioned above, you will want to bathe your Rhodesian Ridgeback every two weeks. Fill an appropriately sized tub with lukewarm to warm water and wash off all the dirt and debris that is stuck to the dog’s coat. Use a shampoo that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals like sulfates.

Shampoos that are made especially for dogs are preferable to human shampoo. It’s important to keep the bathwater clean so you don’t get any bacteria to build up on the dog’s skin as this could lead to irritated skin.

After washing the dog thoroughly and rinsing them, dry them off using a towel.

Avoid using a hairdryer as this can damage their coat. Instead, if you can’t use a towel, use a blow dryer or air blower to gently dry the dog’s fur. Be sure to pat or blow the dog completely dry before putting them outside if they get wet again while out there, they could catch a cold.

The Best Time For Baths

You can bathe your dog at any time of day, however, if you notice that they seem to be getting very dirty after only a few hours, try giving them a bath earlier in the morning. This way, you can ensure that they stay cleaner longer.

Grooming A Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian ridgeback on the grass

It’s important to brush your dog’s coat once a week and brush their teeth twice a month. Keep their nails clipped and filed regularly and make sure you groom your dog’s ears to prevent ear infections.

When you groom your dog, always wear gloves and protective eye gear. Your hands and face may come into contact with the dog’s saliva, which can cause infection or skin irritation if they aren’t properly cleaned. Always wash your hands after handling your dog, particularly if you have allergies.

Bathing Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies

If you’re going to bathe your puppy, start at around six weeks old. This way you can familiarize them with the process. Make sure that they are not too hot when bathing them, using only lukewarm or warm water.

They should feel comfortable enough to relax while you bathe them. Once you’ve got them used to being bathed, you can increase the frequency of baths until they reach adulthood.

Grooming Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppies

Puppy grooming is very similar to adult grooming. Start when your puppy is about eight weeks old. Remember to use a soft bristle brush instead of a hard one. Don’t overdo it though! Just gently brush through the fur.

Cleaning Up After Bathing A Rhodesian Ridgeback

After you finish bathing your dog, you need to clean up the bathroom. Wash everything that was used to clean your dog. Then rinse the tub and sink well.

Dispose of the cleaning solution down the drain. Before you leave the house, make sure you put away all the towels and other items that were used to clean your dog’s body.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Bathing And Grooming Materials

The best products for washing dogs are hypoallergenic shampoos. They should be free of sulfates and parabens. Some people also prefer to use natural remedies, like apple cider vinegar.

There are some things you definitely shouldn’t use to wash your dog. These include soap, detergents, scented oils, bleach, ammonia, commercial shampoos, conditioners, etc. Here are some more materials that can be useful (though not all are essential):

  • Dog brushes – Brushing your dog’s coat is an effective way to remove dead hairs and stimulate new growth. Dog brushes come in different sizes and shapes. Choose one with soft bristles to ensure your dog is comfortable whilst you brush.
  • Sponge – To clean your dog’s paws and feet, use a damp sponge.
  • Nail clippers – To trim your dog’s nails.
  • Towels – For drying your dog as soon as possible after a bath.
  • Toothbrush – To brush your dog’s teeth should they need it.
  • Dryer sheets – To absorb excess moisture from your dog’s coat.
  • Bath mats – To protect flooring from water damage as you bathe your dog.
  • Rubber gloves – To keep your hands dry during grooming.
  • Spray bottle – Use this to mist your dog.
  • Hand sanitizer – To disinfect your hands before and after bathing your dog (which is especially necessary if you have
  • allergies).
  • Hand lotion – To moisturize your hands.
  • Baby wipes – To wipe your dog’s eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and other sensitive areas.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to bathing a Rhodesian Ridgeback, there are many factors to consider. The most important thing is to do what feels right for your dog. But remember that you don’t want to hurt your dog by using too much force.

Try to find the balance between being gentle and firm enough to get the job done whilst keeping your dog comfortable and you should have a sparkling and squeaky clean Rhodesian Ridgeback in no time!

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About the author


Kerry White is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Kerry has been writing for PetDT for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners.Kerry has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Kerry knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.