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