The Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian RidgebackThe Rhodesian Ridgeback, regarded by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa as the native dog, is one of possibly only two dogs in the world to have a ridge of hair ‘growing the wrong way’ down its spine. The other known example is in Thailand and early specimens of this dog may have been taken to Africa by dog traders and over time passed the peculiarity of reverse hair to native dogs.
The Ridgeback is an agile dog, powerful and speedy. His original purpose in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) was assisting big game hunters in the pursuit of their quarry, which often included lions. The ridge is a feature of the breed and there are two crowns either side of the ridge just behind the shoulders.
These days the Ridgeback is used in his native Africa as a guard dog. He is an excellent family dog, good with children, affectionate, and very loyal and protective to his family.
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Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Standard
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Visit the Kennel Club website for the Breed Standard of the Rhodesian Ridgeback – Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Standard
Rhodesian Ridgeback Clubs in the West Country
The Southern Rhodesian Ridgeback Association –
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Of Great Britain –