Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed Information

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback, sometimes known as the African Lion Hound, is a native to South Africa having been bred by the Boer farmers to fill their specific need for a hunting dog in the wilds. The Dutch, Germans, and Huguenots who emigrated to South Africa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries brought with them Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds, Bloodhounds, Terriers, and other breeds. For one hundred years from 1701, European immigration was closed, and the native dogs played an important part in the development and ultimate character of the Ridgeback.

The Hottentots, a native race living within range of these early settlers, had a hunting dog that was half wild with a ridge on his back, formed by the hair growing forward. There was inter-breeding between these dogs and those of the settlers, and this crossbreeding, in due course, established the foundation stock of our present day Ridgeback.

The Ridgeback has good speed, he is active and of great endurance.

Height: 25-27 inches; females 24-26 inches.

Weight: dogs 75 pounds; bitches, 65 pounds.

Training Information

Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States, Inc.

Corres. Secretary, Dawn Sajadea, P O Box 5215, River Forest, IL 60305-5215 dsajadea@sajadea.com

Breeder Contact, Deborah Hopper-Danford, 2032 US 401 Hwy S, Louisburg, NC 27549-9801 (919) 496-3389


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