Rhodesian Ridgebacks are loyal, loving, somewhat independent but fiercely attached to their human pack. They will turn from the obnoxious neighborhood Westie rather than fight a dog they could destroy with one bite. But throw themselves in front of you and yours if they think you’re in danger. While being able to handle extremes in temperature they are not an outside dog unless you are an outside person. They want to be near their peoples. Not drooling in your lap, or pestering you with their ball, but near you, whatever room you’re in, whatever project you are working on. Quietly at your feet, or walking at your side. (Well sometimes not so quietly, they are known to be talkers!) They are people dogs, not outside yard dogs. Easy to keep clean as they have short coats and little to no odor.