While the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a formidable hunter, at home they are gentle, relaxed, and obedient dogs. They are generally well behaved, but are not great with young children, as they tend to play a little rough. They also tend to be a little wary around strangers, so socialize them well while they are young. If not given enough to do, they may become destructive, so make sure to get them out and moving.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback can be blue, black, a reddish fawn, or beige. There are also brindled and white Rhodesian Ridgebacks, but they are not considered fit to compete in shows.