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Strong African Dog Names for a Rhodesian Ridgeback (From Ata to Zula)

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Best African dog names for a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.

Best African dog names for a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.

Among the dog breeds developed in Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is probably the toughest. He used to be known as the African Lion Hound because he could fight a lion while his owner got a clean shot. Bird dogs take note.

The Rhodesian Ridgeback was probably developed by crossing local Khoikhoi dogs with European breeds. Whether you think of them as scenthounds, sighthounds, or wagon dogs, they have to be thought of as powerful hunters.

Every Rhodesian Ridgeback is looking for a strong name. Here are many for you to consider!

African Names for Male Rhodesian Ridgebacks

NameTribeMeaning

Ata

Sotho

Increase

Beka

Xhosa

Honor and Respect

Ceba

Xhosa

Advisor

Cebo

Xhosa

Plan

Chana

Xhosa

A marksman

Dada

Xhosa

Float, swim

Duma

Xhosa

Shout of triumph

Dunga

Xhosa

To fly away

Ibo

Xhosa

First fruits

Lebo

Sotha

Thankful

Polo

Sotha

Alligator

Swazi

Xhosa

Stick

A Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy running like a sighthound.

A Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy running like a sighthound.

African Names for Female Rhodesian Ridgebacks

NameTribeMeaning

Benya

Sotho

To be bright, to shine

Damba

Xhosa

Calm

Dula

Xhosa

Expensive

Indla

Xhosa

Autumn

Mosa

Sotho

Grace

Pula

Sotho

Rain

A Rhodesian Ridgeback tracking like a scenthound.

A Rhodesian Ridgeback tracking like a scenthound.

One of the strongest tribes in South African history is the Zulu. They are the largest ethnic group in South Africa, and the Zulu language is spoken by more people than any other local language.

The Zulu tribe also has a lot of strong names to offer.

Zulu Names for Male Rhodesian Ridgebacks

NameMeaning

Cebo

Wealth

Cela

To ask

Chaka

Warrior

Chipo

Gift

Daza

Persistent

Duma

Thunder

Dumo

Famous

Gazi

Strong personality

Jama

A Zulu chieftain in the 1700s

Mandla

Power

Menzi

Creator

Sipho

Gift

Zulu Names for Female Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Dansa

Dance

Fula

Reap crops

Nandi

Sweet

Sonto

Sunday

Zibu

Water Lilly

Zula

Brilliant

What to Consider When Naming a Dog

I have never lived in the southern part of the African continent, and most of these names were compiled by a researcher. She has compiled a list of Xhosa, Sotho, and Tswana names there, and many more choices than I have here.

A good name should be short enough for the dog to respond to, so the longer names favored by some of the tribes are not good choices. (Even if you like the word "Mzwenhlanla," the Zulu word for home of good fortune," your dog is not going to respond to a long word like that.)

When calling your dog, it is also helpful to have a name that ends with a vowel. “Chaka,” for example, the Zulu name for warrior," is a lot better than “Nikhil,” the Zulu word for complete. The names on this list are all great when calling your dog in from a hunt.

I hope you find an authentic name for your new puppy. Use something special, and do not just pick a silly name or overused name for your puppy. He is going to have to live with it his whole life, and hopefully, it will be a long one.

Enjoy your new puppy and take lots of photos!

Rhodesian Ridgeback Ear Taping

I like my puppies to have a better ear position, and the technique that this trainer demonstrates here is very helpful. You might want to use this technique when your puppy is a little older, but take a look at it now so that you´ll know what to watch for.

Another Rhodesian Ridgeback hunting a fierce lion (okay, so it is just a rubber ball).

Another Rhodesian Ridgeback hunting a fierce lion (okay, so it is just a rubber ball).

© 2014 Dr Mark

Comments

lusanda on November 01, 2019:

I like dogsí ½í¸í ½í¸

Gloria stewart on January 03, 2019:

I live in a retirement community now and not able to care for a dog, but in my teens ow ed half breed lost Ridgeway. He was the love of my life! Never forgot him. The most intelligent animal that I ever was around. I named him Ginger because of his color.

Angus on July 12, 2018:

What about a Shona or Ndebele name (the native languages of Rhodesia)?

Not sure how Xhosa is connected to Rhodesia?

Walt G. on August 30, 2017:

Raised Ridges for 44 years congratulations, they are the best dog on earth. Here are two great names Bantu (this name is to Africa's languages as latin is to most other language's also Congo, whichI have had two. I congratulations again sir.

Sharmaine Sinclair on June 10, 2017:

I'm looking for a good name for my new male pup ridgeback

Peter G on January 31, 2017:

I named our beautiful female Ridgeback - Shona after a tribe of Bantu people in Zimbabwe - I wanted an African name that ment something. Our old male Ridgeback was Conan - unusually, he was mostly black - everything about him was Ridgeback bar the colour. The best dogs I've ever had. Onto our third now :) My wife said to my oldest daughter that this would be the last one. My daughter said "mum this wouldn't feel like home with a Ridgeback or two lazing around the place!" - Says it all really.

jade on February 18, 2016:

those are cool names but not good enough

Bob Bamberg on March 25, 2014:

Good point! Maybe you have a future as a talent agent.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 24, 2014:

Sounds like a good name for a DJ, donchathink?

Bob Bamberg on March 24, 2014:

I love the looks of the Ridgeback. Haven't seen too many of them around here, though. I like the name Damba out of the selection you offer. Voted up, useful and interesting.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on March 23, 2014:

We had a ridgeback growing up and she looked like much the puppy in the first picture. Her name was Ninja. Beautiful dogs. I love the breed. Great names in this hub!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 23, 2014:

Many breeders used to put down Ridgeback pups without the "ridge", but they are more likely to have them neutered and adopted out as pets now. Not sure about Brownie, but he could have been a mix if he did not have the swirl on his back.

Those Kong toys are great. I also give my puppies old plastic soda bottles (the PET plastic kind) since when they carry them around and crunch on them they make a lot of noise. They love them. If your Lab doesn´t, toss it in the trash. It is a cheap toy!

I hope you have his puppy nipping under control!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 23, 2014:

Interesting hub about the Rhodesian Ridgeback. My three-legged dog, Brownie, we had growing up may have actually been one instead of a yellow lab as we had thought as he really did not look like a full Lab. We looked through dog breeds and found the Rhodesian Ridgeback, but we were not sure and if they are actually in southern USA too?

We just may have to get one of those KONG chewer toys to fill with peanut butter for our puppy who is growing my leaps and bounds and loves to chew everything in sight! LOL

Up and more, pinning and tweeting

Enjoy your Sunday,

Faith Reaper