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      Rhodesian Ridgeback Characteristics

      Size
      Medium
      Energy
      Moderate
      Coat
      short, shiny, smooth; distinct ridge of hair on back.
      Weight
      65-90 lbs
      • Size

        Medium

      • Energy

        Moderate

      • Weight

        65-90 lbs

      • Coat

        short, shiny, smooth; distinct ridge of hair on back.

      About Rhodesian Ridgebacks

      Also known as the "African Lion Dog," the Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred in southern Africa to hunt lions. These courageous, athletic dogs are easily identified by their "ridge", which is a strip of hair growing in the opposite direction along their spine. They have incredible endurance and durability, and are very friendly and affectionate towards children and other pets. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are intelligent and easy to train, and are well suited for active families.

      Did You Know?

      The Ridgeback does not bark very much, but is very protective of its owners, often putting himself between his owner and a perceived threat.

      Origin

      Boer farmers in South Africa developed the Ridgeback to be an invulnerable hunter as well as a gentle family companion. This dog was created from a combination of Danes, Mastiffs, Bloodhounds, terriers, and other breeds with the Hottentot hunting dog.