Are you tired of seeing the same old dog breeds everywhere you look?
We feel you. It’s like every other dog at the park is a Golden Retriever or a Lab. And don’t even get us started on those pesky Ridgebacks that everyone seems to have.
Well, fear not, because we’ve got a treat for you. In this guide, we’ll be introducing you to 16 dogs that look like Rhodesian Ridgebacks but definitely aren’t. That’s right, we’re taking you off the beaten path and into the world of uncommon dog breeds.
Now, you might be thinking, “But why would I want a dog that looks like a Ridgeback but isn’t one?” Well, we’ll tell you why. These dogs are unique, interesting, and might just be the perfect fit for your family. Plus, let’s be real, it’s fun to have a dog that not everyone else has.
For those of you who are already Ridgeback owners, we know you love your pup (and why wouldn’t you? They’re awesome). But sometimes it’s fun to learn about other breeds too, right? Who knows, you might even be inspired to add a second dog to your family (we won’t tell your Ridgeback).
Whether you’re a prospective dog adopter looking for something a little different or a current Ridgeback owner curious about other uncommon breeds, this guide is for you. We’ll be taking you on a journey through the world of dogs that might make you do a double-take. Some of these breeds you may have heard of, while others might surprise you. But one thing’s for sure: they’re all awesome in their own way.
Let’s dive into this list of 16 dogs that look like Rhodesian Ridgebacks but definitely aren’t. Who knows, you might just find your new best friend.
1. Thai Ridgeback
Alright, let’s talk about the Thai Ridgeback. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Wait a minute, this isn’t a Rhodesian Ridgeback!” And you’re right, it’s not. But, hear me out, this breed is a close cousin to the Ridgeback and shares some striking similarities.
- Thai Ridgebacks and Rhodesian Ridgebacks share a distinct ridge of fur down their backs.
- Thai Ridgebacks have a wider range of colors than Rhodesian Ridgebacks, including black, blue, silver, and red.
- A dog with a non-standard ridge color might be a Thai Ridgeback.
- To tell the difference, check their ears.
- Thai Ridgebacks have pointed ears that stand straight up.
- Rhodesian Ridgebacks have droopy, floppy ears.
- Thai Ridgebacks’ pointed ears are like a bookworm’s.
- Rhodesian Ridgebacks’ floppy ears are like a party animal’s.
Now, don’t get me wrong, just because Thai Ridgebacks look a bit different doesn’t mean they’re any less awesome. In fact, they’re known for being incredibly intelligent, loyal, and energetic. Plus, who wouldn’t want a dog with a furry mohawk? I know I would.
The Thai Ridgeback may not be a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but it’s definitely a close contender. And hey, if you’re ever in doubt, just remember to check the ears.
2. Phu Quoc Ridgeback
Okay, let’s talk about the Phu Quoc Ridgeback. I bet you’ve never heard of this one before, have you? Don’t worry, we won’t judge you. In fact, we’re here to help you learn all about this hidden gem of a dog breed.
- A Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a medium-sized dog with a muscular build and a short coat that comes in various colors.
- Like the Rhodesian Ridgeback, they have a distinct ridge of fur down their back that grows in the opposite direction of the rest of their fur.
- Their ridge looks like a furry mohawk and let’s be honest, it’s the most important thing about them.
- The Phu Quoc Ridgeback has small, perky ears that are always alert, unlike the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s droopy, sad puppy dog ears.
- It’s like the difference between a couch potato and a hyperactive kid on a sugar rush.
If you’re trying to identify a Phu Quoc Ridgeback, our number 1 tip is to look for those perky ears. They’re a dead giveaway, and once you see them, you’ll never forget them. We promise you’ll be able to spot a Phu Quoc Ridgeback from a mile away (or at least from across the dog park).
While the Phu Quoc Ridgeback may not be the most well-known breed out there, we think it deserves some recognition. With its unique physical characteristics and perky ears, this breed is definitely one to keep on your radar. So, next time you see a dog with a furry mohawk and alert ears, you might just be looking at a Phu Quoc Ridgeback. And if you are, give them a little wave and let them know you’re part of the cool kids’ club.
3. Sinhala Hounds
The Sinhala Hound, AKA the Sri Lankan Hound or the Gaddi Kutta. I mean, who wouldn’t want a dog with a name like that? If you’re like us and love Ridgebacks, you’ll want to know all about this sleek and speedy breed. Here are some things you should know:
- The Sinhala Hound is the Ridgeback’s svelte cousin with short, shiny coats in shades of brown.
- No fancy ridge of fur on their back, but they’re still pretty cool.
- They’re middleweight contenders, weighing 50-70 pounds, won’t knock you over when excited.
- Their ears are floppy, unlike Ridgeback’s ready-to-take-on-the-world ears.
- They’re powerful hunters with muscles that could crush a watermelon and pretty darn fast.
- Fiercely loyal to their family, they’ll bark at strangers, like having a furry bodyguard.
- Smart and trainable, but they have a stubborn streak, like that uncle who insists on cargo shorts.
- Originally bred to hunt wild boar and deer in Sri Lanka’s dense forests, imagine taking them on a hunting trip – enough meat to feed the neighborhood for a year!
All in all, the Sinhala Hound is a pretty cool dog. They may not have the Ridgeback’s fancy ridge, but they’ve got plenty of other impressive features to make up for it. If you’re looking for a loyal and speedy companion, you might just want to give the Sinhala Hound a chance.
4. Redbone Coonhound
This sleek and shiny breed might just be the perfect fit for you if you’re looking for a dog that looks like a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but isn’t actually one. We know what you’re thinking, “Why would I want a dog that looks like a Ridgeback, but isn’t one?” Well, why not? It’s like having a knockoff designer purse. Sure, it’s not the real thing, but it still looks pretty darn good.
Let’s talk physical characteristics of the Phu Quoc Ridgeback:
- Medium-sized dog with a muscular build and a short coat in various colors
- Distinct ridge of fur down their back, similar to the Ridgeback but less impressive
- Small, perky ears that are always alert, unlike the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s droopy, sad puppy dog ears
- Wider range of colors than Rhodesian Ridgebacks, including black, blue, silver, and red
- Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have small, perky ears that are always alert, unlike the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s droopy, sad puppy dog ears.
- They have a wider range of colors than Rhodesian Ridgebacks, including black, blue, silver, and red.
Our number 1 tip for identifying a Phu Quoc Ridgeback: look for those perky ears. They’re a dead giveaway, and once you see them, you’ll never forget them. We promise you’ll be able to spot a Phu Quoc Ridgeback from a mile away (or at least from across the dog park).
A pretty cool dog, eh? It might not be the real thing, but who cares? It’s unique, interesting, and might just be the perfect fit for your family. Plus, let’s be real, it’s fun to have a dog that looks like a Ridgeback, but isn’t one. So, if you’re in the market for a knockoff Ridgeback, we highly recommend checking out the Phu Quoc Ridgeback.
Ah, the Vizsla. Or as we like to call it, the “Ridgeback Lite.” Don’t get us wrong, we love these dogs. But let’s be real, they’re like the little brother to the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They’re cute, they’re loyal, and they’re great with families. But are they really a substitute for the mighty Ridgeback? We’ll let you be the judge.
Let’s talk physical characteristics of the Vizsla:
- They’re a medium-sized breed with a short, smooth coat that comes in a reddish-brown color.
- Like the Ridgeback, they’re muscular and athletic with a distinctive appearance.
- They have floppy ears that are always alert and a long tail that wags constantly.
- But let’s be real, they don’t have that iconic ridge of fur down their back that makes the Ridgeback so unique.
- They’re a bit smaller and more manageable. They’re also known for being incredibly affectionate and loyal to their families. And let’s not forget, they’re great hunting dogs too. But if you’re looking for a dog that commands attention and exudes power, you might want to stick with the Ridgeback.
Our number 1 tip for identifying a Vizsla? Look for those floppy ears. They’re a dead giveaway, and once you see them, you’ll never forget them. We promise you’ll be able to spot a Vizsla from a mile away (or at least from across the dog park).
If you want to sound fancy and impress your friends, just remember that Vizsla is pronounced “vee-shluh” – it’s Hungarian for “dog who will steal your heart and chew your shoes”.
Are you sold? The Vizsla are loyal, friendly, and make great companions. But are they a substitute for the Rhodesian Ridgeback? We’ll let you decide.
6. American Leopard Hound
Here’s a breed that’s sure to catch your eye (and your heart, if you’re lucky enough to meet one): the American Leopard Hound. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Wait a minute, I’ve never heard of that breed before!” Don’t worry, my friend, you’re not alone. The American Leopard Hound is like the indie band of the dog world – they’re not super well-known, but the people who know about them are really passionate.
- The American Leopard Hound has a classic spotted coat.
- They have a more muscular and athletic build than your average Dalmatian.
- They’re like if Usain Bolt and Lady Gaga had a baby, but the baby was covered in polka dots.
- The breed is a little smaller and more agile than a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
- Both breeds have a distinctive coat and strong, athletic build.
- The American Leopard Hound is more playful and outgoing than a Ridgeback.
- They’re like the life of the party at the dog park.
How do you know if you’re looking at an American Leopard Hound? Here’s my number one tip: look for the spots! I mean, it’s kind of in the name, right? But seriously, these dogs have some of the coolest and most unique coat patterns out there. Some have big splotches of black and white, while others have smaller, more intricate patterns that look like abstract art. If you see a dog with a cool coat and a twinkle in their eye, there’s a good chance you’re in the presence of an American Leopard Hound.
Definitely a breed that’s as cool as it is rare. If you’re lucky enough to meet one, give them a pat on the head from me. And if you’re thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, maybe consider adopting one of these spotty cuties. They’ll be the coolest thing to happen to your Instagram feed since avocado toast.
It’s time to talk about a breed that’s near and dear to my heart: the Boxer. These dogs are like the goofy best friend you had in high school – they might not be the most conventionally attractive, but they make up for it with their charm and personality.
- Boxers are like a bulldog that did a ton of CrossFit
- They have an adorable smooshy face, but a lean and muscular body
- They’re like The Rock with glasses, or a librarian who can bench press
- Boxers are tough, but they’ve got a heart of gold
- They’re the Dwayne Johnson of the dog world
- In a Fast & Furious movie, they’d probably be the comic relief.
Speaking of tough, you might be wondering how the Boxer compares to the Rhodesian Ridgeback. And while they’re both athletic breeds with short hair, the Boxer is a little more compact and playful. Think of it like this: if the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a luxury sports car, the Boxer is a souped-up golf cart. Both can get you where you need to go, but one of them is way more fun.
How do you know if you’re looking at a Boxer? Here’s my number one tip: look for the tail. Boxers have these cute little nubs for tails, which makes them look like they’re always wagging their butts. It’s like they’re doing a victory dance for just existing. And if you see a dog with a nub tail and a silly grin, there’s a good chance you’re in the presence of a Boxer.
Rumor has it that the Boxer got its name because they used to be prizefighters – with their impressive strength and speed, they could knock out any opponent with just one punch. Of course, this is all just a tall tail… er, tale. The truth is, nobody really knows how they got their name, but we like to think it’s because they pack a punch when it comes to cuteness
8. Doberman Pinscher
Why is the Doberman always the bad guy in movies? Not fair! It’s like they’re always cast as the villain in action movies. What did the Doberman ever do to deserve this reputation? It’s time we cleared their name.
- Physically, they’re like the supermodels of the dog world – all legs and angles.
- They’re also strong and athletic, like an Olympic sprinter.
- Don’t be fooled by their good looks, they’re more than just a pretty face.
- Despite their reputation as villains in movies, they’re actually loyal and loving companions.
- They’re a bit smaller and more compact than Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
- Their distinctive “cropped” ears give them a kind of badass vibe.
- When it comes to identifying a Doberman, their elegant and sleek look is a dead giveaway.
How do you spot a Doberman in the wild? Well, aside from the cropped ears and sleek physique, they also have a kind of regal bearing. It’s like they know they’re hot stuff and they’re not afraid to show it off. So if you see a dog strutting around with their head held high, chances are it’s a Doberman. And if they happen to be wearing a leather jacket and smoking a cigarette, well, that’s just a coincidence.
9. Catahoula Leopard Dog
You want to talk about a dog with personality? Look no further than the Catahoula Leopard Dog. They’re like that friend who always keeps you guessing – one day they’re ready to cuddle on the couch, and the next day they’re running laps around the yard like a maniac.
- Catahoulas are the result of a science experiment gone right – think Frankenstein’s monster, but way cuter.
- Their blue eyes are like two pools of Caribbean water that could hypnotize you into giving them all your treats.
- Their coat is a spotted and brindled mess, like they got into a paint fight with a drunk artist.
- But don’t let their looks fool you – they’re ripped and ready to take on the world. They could probably bench press you without breaking a sweat.
- While they may share some traits with Ridgebacks, Catahoulas are a breed all their own – like that one coworker who always has better ideas than the boss.
- They’re fiercely independent and not afraid to take charge, just like that coworker who always takes over the meetings.
- Plus, they’ve got energy for days – they’ll keep you on your toes and make you question your own intelligence. Who needs a workout buddy when you have a Catahoula?
What’s the number one tip for identifying a Catahoula? Look for those beautiful eyes and that striking coat pattern. And if you’re lucky enough to find yourself with a Catahoula as your loyal companion, just remember – never try to outsmart them. They’re always one step ahead.
10. Presa Canario
This breed might just be the perfect combination of cute and terrifying. But don’t worry, we’re not here to scare you off. We’re here to tell you why the Presa Canario might just be the dog for you.
- Their upper body so much that their chest and forearms are massive and could crush you like a grape. And their jaws? Well, let’s just say they could probably bite through a steel beam like it’s a piece of cake.
- Unlike Ridgebacks, who are lean and mean, Presa Canarios are a bit more on the stocky side. They’re like that friend who boasts about how much they can lift at the gym, but you know they also enjoy a good slice of pizza (or three).
- While Ridgebacks have that iconic ridge on their back, Presa Canarios have a more traditional coat that comes in a variety of colors.
- They’re like the friend who likes to switch up their hairstyle every week, except instead of hair, it’s their fur.
Our number one tip for identifying a Presa Canario? Look for the dog with the biggest muscles and the most intimidating scowl. Just kidding (sort of).
In all seriousness, the key to identifying a Presa Canario is in their face. They’ve got a distinctive broad head with a powerful jaw, and their ears are typically cropped. And while they might look like they could take on a pack of wolves, Presa Canarios are actually known for being loyal and protective of their families.
If you’re looking for a dog that’s both cuddly and could take down a burglar, the Presa Canario might just be your new best friend.
A breed so elegant and sophisticated, they practically come with their own monocle and top hat. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the Weimaraner, the canine equivalent of a supermodel who’s also a genius.
- Physically, Weimaraners are like a combination of Gisele Bundchen and Serena Williams. They’ve got those intense blue eyes that could see right through your soul, and their coat is so shiny you could use it as a mirror to check your makeup.
- Unlike Ridgebacks, Weimaraners are super smart and trainable. They’re like the Hermione Granger of the dog world. You know, the one who always has the right answer and gets top marks on all the tests.
- But be warned, Weimaraners have energy for days. They’re like that hyper kid who drank a gallon of Mountain Dew and can’t stop bouncing off the walls. So, if you’re looking for a dog to keep up with your active lifestyle, the Weimaraner might just be your new workout buddy.
But how do you spot a Weimaraner in a sea of other fancy-looking dogs? Well, my friend, the number one tip for identifying a Weimaraner is to look for their unique coat color. Weimaraners are known for their distinctive gray coat, which can range from a silvery shade to a deep charcoal. So next time you’re at the dog park and you spot a gray blur whizzing by, you’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with.
If you want a dog that’s both brains and beauty, with legs for days and a coat that would make even the fanciest of fashion designers jealous, look no further than the Weimaraner. And remember, always check for that iconic gray coat!
Well, look at you, fancy pants, wanting to know about the Broholmer.
The name sounds like a fancy Danish pastry, but it’s actually a dog breed.
- For starters, they’re like a big teddy bear come to life. They’re absolutely massive, with a broad chest that’s perfect for snuggling up against. Think Chewbacca, but with better breath.
- They’ve also got a coat that’s thick and lustrous, like they’re constantly posing for a hair care commercial. And let’s not forget those big, floppy ears that bounce around like they’re at a rave.
- When it comes to coloring, the Broholmer comes in a range of shades from light brown to black, with some even sporting a stylish white spot on their chest. It’s like they’re trying to show off all their fashion choices at once.
- Unlike the Ridgeback, the Broholmer doesn’t have that distinctive ridge on their back. Instead, they’ve got a smooth, solid coat that’s perfect for painting your favorite emojis on. Who needs a Ridgeback when you can have a Broholmer with a smiley face on their back?
But let’s be real, the most important thing when it comes to identifying a Broholmer is their drool. We’re talking Saint Bernard levels of drool here. So, if you’re out and about and see a dog that looks like a giant teddy bear with a waterfall coming out of its mouth, chances are it’s a Broholmer.
Just make sure you have a towel handy if you decide to give them a hug.
13. Black Mouth Cur
Hey, we’re not saying that the Black Mouth Cur is the long-lost twin of the Rhodesian Ridgeback or anything (though we wouldn’t be surprised if they shared the same hairstylist), but in our humble opinion, it’s definitely one of the closest picks to the mighty Ridgeback.
The BMC is like the lovechild of a Rhodesian Ridgeback and a labradoodle who was raised by wolves. But let’s not forget about their southern charm!
Originating from the south of the United States, the breed is a popular hunting companion used to hunt a large variety of game.
- The Black Mouth Cur is like a childhood stuffed animal that’s been put through the wash too many times – a little rough around the edges, but charming in its own way.
- Their wiry coat and floppy ears give them a scruffy, laid-back vibe that’s perfect for a dog who’s equally skilled at hunting and cuddling.
- While they might not have the biceps of a Ridgeback, these dogs are strong and agile, with a keen sense of smell that makes them excellent trackers.
- Think of them as the Sherlock Holmes of the dog world, always on the hunt for clues (or squirrels).
- These skilled hunters are perfect for those who enjoy spending time outdoors, whether it’s tracking game or just taking a long walk in the woods.
- But don’t let their tough exterior fool you – they’re just as happy to curl up on the couch with their favorite humans as they are to chase after prey.
- These dogs are loyal to a fault, and they’ll stick by your side through thick and thin.
- They’re the kind of friend who’s always down for a good time, whether you’re looking for an adventure or just a lazy day at home.
- With their affectionate nature and winning personality, it’s no wonder the Black Mouth Cur is such a beloved breed.
How do you know you’re seeing a Black Mouth Cur in the wild? Well, for one, they’ve got a distinctive black muzzle that sets them apart from other breeds. And if you’re lucky enough to get up close and personal, you might notice that their coat has a kind of brindle pattern to it. But really, the best way to identify a Black Mouth Cur is by their infectious energy and playful spirit. Just try not to fall in love with them – I dare you.
Did you know the Dalmatians are actually born completely white. I know, it’s shocking. But don’t worry, the spots will come in eventually.
So how do the spots appear, you ask? Well, it’s kind of like magic. Except it’s not magic, it’s genetics.
- The gene responsible for the spots is actually a mutant gene (in the best way possible, of course) that causes a lack of pigment in certain areas. And voila, spots!
- Not all Dalmatians have the same number of spots. Some have more, some have less. It’s like a game of spot roulette, you never know what you’re going to get. It’s part of what makes Dalmatians so unique and special.
- And don’t let their love of running fool you – the Dalmatian is also a social butterfly. They’re like the class clown of the dog park, always making new friends and stealing the spotlight with their charming personality.
- So how do you tell the difference between a Dalmatian and a Ridgeback? It’s all in the personality, baby. While the Ridgeback is like a fierce bodyguard, the Dalmatian is more like a charismatic politician. They’re great with people (and other pups), and they love nothing more than being the center of attention.
If you’re trying to spot a Dalmatian in a crowd (see what I did there?), there’s one foolproof way to identify them. Look for those spots, of course! But also keep an eye out for their distinctive, elegant gait. They move with a kind of grace that’s hard to miss, like they’re always ready for a ballroom dance or a runway show. So if you see a dog strutting their stuff like they’re on a catwalk, it’s probably a Dalmatian.
15. Bavarian Mountain Hound
Guten tag hundefreunde! Als nächstes auf der Liste steht der Bayerische Gebirgsschweißhund!
The Bavarian Mountain Hound is a pretty cool breed. They hail from Germany (surprise, surprise), where they were bred for hunting big game like wild boar and deer. And let me tell you, these pups know how to use their noses. They have an incredible sense of smell and can track a scent for miles. It’s like having your very own bloodhound on a leash.
- Bavarian Mountain Hounds are physically different from Ridgebacks, and by “different” we mean “a bit smaller.”
- They have short fur that’s typically a reddish-brown color with black or tan accents. It’s not polka dots, but hey, it’s still pretty cute.
- Unlike Ridgebacks, they have floppy ears that give them a bit of a goofy look. But who doesn’t love a dog that’s a little bit silly?
- We believe in embracing our quirks here, and the Bavarian Mountain Hound’s goofy ears definitely qualify as a quirky trait.
Have you seen a Bavarian Mountain Hound in the wild? Well, aside from the fact that they’ll probably be running after a deer or wild boar, there are a few key things to look for. First, those floppy ears I mentioned earlier. Second, they have a distinctive black mask around their face, which kind of makes them look like they’re wearing a superhero costume. And finally, they just have a certain air about them. They’re confident, curious, and always up for an adventure.
The Bavarian Mountain Hound. A tongue-twister of a name, but a pretty cool breed nonetheless.
16. Great Dane
Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you? We got some work to do now.
Even without their detective skills, Great Danes are pretty impressive. They’re one of the largest breeds out there, with some individuals standing at over three feet tall at the shoulder. And those long, elegant legs definitely give them a graceful presence (even if they do occasionally trip over themselves).
- Great Danes have a shiny, short coat that comes in various colors like black, fawn, blue, and harlequin. But let’s be real, it’s not like they have a fashion designer picking out their colors.
- The floppy jowls and long snouts of Great Danes add to their charm. It’s like they were born with a built-in comedy act.
- Compared to our beloved Ridgebacks, Great Danes are way bigger, so you better have a bigger couch if you want to snuggle with them. Or, you know, just lay on the floor and let them use your back as a pillow.
- Ridgebacks are known for their protective nature, but Great Danes are generally more friendly and easy-going. It’s like they’re the “cool kids” of the dog world.
- Did you know that Great Danes are actually terrible guard dogs? Despite their intimidating size, these guys are known for being friendly and affectionate with just about everyone they meet.
If you’re trying to spot a Great Dane in a crowd, what’s the number one thing to look for? Well, their size definitely helps, but also keep an eye out for their distinctive head shape. Great Danes have a long, narrow skull with a deep muzzle, giving them a regal look fit for a king (or a Scooby-Doo sidekick).
Choosing a dog that looks as regal as the mighty Ridgie is no walk in the park
We’ve gone to great lengths to snoop around and find you 16 dog breeds that come pretty darn close to the Ridgeback’s stately appearance. We’re talking Boxers, Viszlas, and more. And let’s be real, each breed has its quirks, but one pooch that stands out from the pack is the Redbone Coonhound.
This pup’s got the short coat, the bulging muscles, and the unmistakable ridge of hair that will make you do a double-take. But that’s not all, folks. They also share some of the same characteristics as the Ridgie, like loyalty, intelligence, and an affinity for the great outdoors.
So, whether you’re in the market for a new furry friend or you’re just a Ridgie fanatic, we hope our list has been helpful. Remember, choosing the right dog is like finding a needle in a haystack, so it’s important to do your homework and select a breed that suits your lifestyle and personality.
Get out there and find your perfect match! And who knows, maybe one day you’ll be lucky enough to own a Rhodesian Ridgeback or one of its many look-alikes.
Just remember, no matter what breed of dog you choose, they’re all awesome in their own way. Except for pugs. Just kidding, we love pugs too.