Rhodesian Ridgeback, also known as African Lion Hound, is large dog that belongs to the group of Hound Dogs. It was created in Zimbabwe, once known as Rhodesia (hence the name), at the beginning of the 20th century by mixing European hunting dogs with African dogs.
The dog was brought to both England and the United States in the 1930s, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955.
Rhodesian Ridgeback can reach 24 to 27 inches in height and 75 to 80 pounds of weight.
Rhodesian Ridgeback is named after a tiny Mohawk, ridge of hairs that runs along the spine in the opposite direction than the rest of the fur. This ridge cannot be seen in all Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
They are intensely loyal to their family and will guard their loved ones at any cost. This means that even well-socialized Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies may be aloof toward strangers as adult dogs. Obedience training is a necessity with this intelligent and strong-willed breed.
Because of its large size and stubborn nature, Rhodesian Ridgeback is not a good choice for inexperienced owners. It needs to be trained from the early age to learn to respect boundaries set by its owner. Rhodesian Ridgeback responds well to the positive reinforcement methods.
Coat coloring ranges from red wheaten to light wheaten, and some dogs have white on the chest and toes.
Rhodesian Ridgeback is territorial and protective dog. It is not very friendly toward the strangers, but it doesn't bark unless it is absolutely necessary.