Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback comes from Zimbabwe and was originally used as a hunting dog and a retriever, while the breed was also used to guard property and take care of children. The breed is descended from a selection of ridgeback dogs that the Boer settlers imported to Zimbabwe in the 16th and 17th centuries. These dogs were kept by native South African tribes, while the standard Rhodesian Ridgeback dates back to 1922. It was soon discovered by big game hunters that they could use Rhodesian Ridgebacks to hunt lions, which gave the breed the nickname the African Lion Hound. The breed was imported in 1950 to the USA and was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1955.

Body Type

This large, muscular hound features a broad head that is flat between the ears. The breed has a long and deep muzzle with a defined stop. The tongue is sometimes black, while the nose can be black or brown. The eyes are usually brown and round, while the ears are medium-sized and drop down from their high setting on the head. The legs are strong and straight, while the long tail is thick at the base and tapers to a point. The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a short and dense coat a clearly defined ridge of hairs down the centre of the back. A range of coat colours are possible, from light brown to red, with white patches on the toes and chest.


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