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Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Breed
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Original Name : Rhodesian Ridgeback

Type : Braccoid

Other Names : African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound

Male size : 25-27 inches

Male weight : 80 lbs

Female size : 24-26 inches

Female weight : 70 lbs

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Countries of origin : South Africa

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Rhodesian Ridgebacks are still used for hunting in many parts of the world, but they are especially prized as guard dogs and family dogs. Dignified and intelligent, while they are distant with strangers they are never aggressive or nervous.

Head+

Flat skull, broad between the ears, no wrinkling when at rest.

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Body+

Powerful back, strong, muscular, slightly arched loins, deep, capacious, not overly broad chest.

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Coat+

Light wheaten to red wheaten.

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Ears+

Carried close to the head, medium-sized but rather broad at the base, narrowing gradually, terminating in a rounded point.

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Tail+

Strong at the base, gradually tapering to the tip.

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Hair+

Short, dense, sleek and glossy in appearance.

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The breed’s remote ancestors came from the Cape Colony, in present-day South Africa, where they were crossed with the dogs of early European pioneers and the semi-domesticated ridgeback hunting dogs of the native Khoikhoi. Generally hunting in groups of two or three, Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally employed to track game, especially lions, keeping them at bay until the hunter arrived, drawing on their great agility.Rhodesian Ridgebacks are well balanced, strong, muscular and active hounds that have oodles of stamina and a good top speed. Agility and elegance are the most important characteristics of the breed, which must be free of any massiveness.

Did you know ?

A distinctive mark of the breed, the ridge on the back is formed by hairs that run counter to the rest of the coat. The ridge must be clearly defined and symmetrical, starting immediately behind the shoulders, tapering and ending at the point of the hip.

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