The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a long history of having originated in the country of Rhodesia or Zimbabwe, way back in the 16th century. The dog is believed to be the hybrid of a variety of breeds, especially that of the South African ridgebacked dogs and Khoikhoi dog. Originally bred and used in Africa for its hunting skills, the dog was brought to the US in the mid 20th century.
Recognized as one of the best hunter breeds, the Rhodesian Ridgeback has a well-built athletic physique. True to its name, the breed has an evident ridge on its back, characteristic of its hair growing in the opposite direction. The dog has strong facial lines, muzzle and sharp teeth. The coat is fine-textured and comes in light and dim extremes of wheat shade. The dog may or may not have white markings on its feet and chest.
Solid colors of blue, black, red/fawn, or beige for show dogs. Brindle and white are seen in this breed, but are not acceptable in show dogs.
As a pet, the dog is even-tempered, one must be careful, as it does not handle tough play. Normally the breed is an independent thinker, yet it is affectionate to the owner and the family. This breed will make an excellent watchdog and wears a watchful eye with the strangers. Intelligent and shrewd, the dog is also a quick learner.
The breed is resistant to most of diseases; however, chances of hip dysplasia, cysts and dermoid sinus cannot be overlooked.
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