The unusual name of this dog breed is derived from the raised line of hair along its back, which forms two whorls or crowns just behind the shoulders. The Rhodesian Ridgeback evolved in southern Africa, and this characteristic pattern reflects an ancestry that extends back to an old breed known as the African Hottentot Hunting Dog. The Ridgeback was bred by European settlers who were seeking a dog that could survive in the harsh and often inhouspitable African climate. For a period, they were used to hunt lions, and so became known as the African Lion Hound.
Origins: South Africa
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Wheaten
Height: 25 – 27 Inch (63.5 – 68.5 cm)
Weight: 75 – 85 lb (34 – 38.6 kg)
Classification: Hound/Small Hound
Nature: Enjoys human company; intolerant of trespassers
Rhodesian Ridgebacks enjoy human company and are affectionate by nature, but they will not tolerate trespassers on their property. Although not common, the breed still enjoys a dedicated following. These are truly unusual dogs with an interesting history, and while they may sleep longer than other breeds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks will spark into life when out for a run. They are an attractive shade of wheaten colour, and may also show traces of white on their chest and toes.