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

Updated on March 8, 2020
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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. | Source

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

Honor and Respect
A marksman
Float, swim
Shout of triumph
To fly away
First fruits
A Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy running like a sighthound.
A Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy running like a sighthound. | Source

African Names for Female Rhodesian Ridgebacks

To be bright, to shine
A Rhodesian Ridgeback tracking like a scenthound.
A Rhodesian Ridgeback tracking like a scenthound. | Source

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

To ask
Strong personality
A Zulu chieftain in the 1700s

Zulu Names for Female Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Reap crops
Water Lilly

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). | Source

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      8 months ago

      I like dogs😘😘

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      Gloria stewart 

      18 months ago

      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.

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      2 years ago

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

      Not sure how Xhosa is connected to Rhodesia?

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      Walt G. 

      2 years ago

      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.

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      Sharmaine Sinclair 

      3 years ago

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

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      Peter G 

      3 years ago

      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.

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      4 years ago

      those are cool names but not good enough

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      Bob Bamberg 

      6 years ago

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

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Sounds like a good name for a DJ, donchathink?

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      Bob Bamberg 

      6 years ago

      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.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      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!

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      Dr Mark 

      6 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      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!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      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


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