Appearance: 24-27” (61-69 cm) 65-85 lb (29-39 kg) Short, sleek, glossy, dense coat. Light wheaten to red wheaten.
The history of the Rhodesian Ridgeback begins in South Africa, where his ancestor, the Khoikhoi dog, was prized as a sighthound that could hold his own against large game. The symmetrical ridge of hair that grows back along the spine, giving the Ridgeback his name, came from these early sighthounds. As English emigrants came to South Africa, they crossed the native dogs with other breeds like Mastiffs, Bloodhounds and Pointers. No matter what breed was added, the ridge was predominant, and the Rhodesian Ridgeback was born. These large dogs were used both as hunters and protectors.
In the 1870s, Reverend Helm brought some of these dogs to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where he continued to breed them as large game hunters. With the nose and endurance to track for hours and the size and courage to hold a lion at bay so a hunter could come in for the kill, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was a supreme large game hound.
Protective and brave, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is fiercely loyal to his owner. He is good with children when socialized with them. He remains an excellent hunter and excels at lure coursing. Because he is an independent thinker, he will benefit from training and socialization at an early age.
Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeders:
Stalkmoor Perm Reg’d
Mrs MJ Apostle. Rhodesian Ridgebacks only since 1967. home-raised for loving and kind dispositions, gentle hearts and noble minds. Not selling for guard or hunting purposes. Approved homes only. PO Box 28, Grp 319, RR 3, Selkirk, MB R1A 2A8. (See our Breed Ambassador Advertisement above.)
Phone: (204) 757-2876