Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 33-39, Female: 30-32
Height: Male: 25-27, Female: 24-26
Origin of Name: The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large-sized dog breed bred in the Southern Africa region.
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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a unique creation of southern Africa, resulting in crosses between native dodge Khoikhoi dog and European breeds, including Dutch colonists, Boars, Greyhounds, and various terriers. The infusion of native lost blood gave the resulting generations a resilience against local pests such as the Tsetse fly, as well as an innate knowledge of how to navigate its new African environment - and outwitted its deadly predators.
In the late 19th century, Cornelius van Rooyen, a big-game hunter from Rhodesia, included two greyhound-like females in his pack of lion dogs. He found that his laden offspring excelled at confronting and confusing the king of beasts, giving the hunter time to look in his rifle and send his prey. These bitten dogs were also successful in warding off other dangerous animals such as leopards and baboons, roaming seamlessly with horseback riders throughout the day, breaking up quick-footed game such as antelope to provide meat for the antelope , And protected the house. From all intruders. He was known at the time, as he is today, for his devotion to family and tolerance and affection for his children.
In 1922, a meeting was called to write the first Rhodesian Ridgeback Standard. By then, big-game hunting had already faded in South Africa, and the breed itself was on the verge of extinction. The dogs called at this meeting ranged in size and appearance from the Bull Terrier to the Great Dane, and the Dalmatian standard was used as a template to arrive at the standardized vision of the breed we know today.