Rhodesian Ridgeback is a breed with a noble heritage. With origins in
Africa, the ridgeback is classified as a hound breed by AKC.
The Ridgeback is a loyal but stubborn critter. The settlers in Rhodesia,
now Zimbabwe, and South Africa, needed a well rounded dog that could
hunt the wild game native to the country and be an all purpose dog for
protecting the farms as well. The dogs were used to hunt everything
from fowl and other game, but gathered their reputation as the African
Lion Hound for their tenacity at hunting the King Of Beasts.
Early settlers needed a dog to breed to dogs they imported to gain some
of the natural immunity and wanted the great hunting instincts of the
native Hottentot dog that possessed a Ridge on it's back. To assure
that the new breed of dog had the Hottentot dog in its bloodlines, the
new offspring had to have the ridge, the Hallmark of the current breed.
The dogs required a great deal of stamina, a good amount of speed, and
had to be agile on it's feet to avoid a deadly swipe from one of the
great cats paws. The dog had to be a self-thinker, as it had to be quick
with mind as well as body.
The result is a breed that is a balance of power, strength, elegance,
loyalty, and a drop of stubbornness to make him interesting!