Non-sporting Breeds

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25-26 in (63-67cm) Bitch:24-26 in (61-66cm)
Weight: 65-75 lb (29.5-33.5kg)
Coat: Short, dense, sleek, and glossy
Color: Light wheaten to red wheaten

The local Khoikhoi people of southern Africa went on hunting expeditions accompanied by a dog with a ridge of hair growing in the reverse direction along its back. During the 16th and 17th centuries, European immigrants brought Pointers, Mastiffs, Greyhounds, and Bulldogs, which crossed with the Ridgeback. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was named after the country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where it was highly valued by the settlers. It was also known as the Lion Dog because it was used in packs to hunt lions. This attractive animal is obedient, good with children, and will guard its owner with its life. It has a gentle temperament but can move with great speed when it spies a rabbit or other prey. It needs plenty of exercise and daily grooming with a hound glove.
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