The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a delightful nature. He is a faithful, one person or one family dog and his friendship, once given is for life. The Ridgeback is very affectionate and likes to lean on you, lie on your feet or in your lap if permitted. He is extremely loyal to those he loves, but is distinctly offhand with strangers and quite disinterested in anyone outside his chosen circle. He is placid and easygoing, putting up with endless torment from childern, as well as being highly intelligent and quick to learn. He is happy to participate fully in family activities but is also content to laze around all day if there is nothing else to do.
The Ridgeback is an excellent guard dog and his deep bark is enough to warn off intruders.
No single breed of dog suits everyone and there are aspects to the RR character that may not appeal to everyone. Most RRs are stubborn: if you give them an order when they would prefer to be doing something more interesting, you might not get instant results.
Serviility plays no part in the temperament of this breed but if you want the rewarding companionship of a dog that has spirit and considers itself to be your equal rather than a slave, then this dog is for you.