Name: Rhodesian Ridgeback
Other names: African Lion Boy, African Lion Girl
Country of origin: Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Size Type: Large Breed Dogs
Group: Shepherd Breeds, Greyhounds, and Pariah Dogs
Life span: 10-12 years
Temperament: Decent, Sensitive, Intelligent, Loyal, Mischievous, Strong-willed
Height: Females: 61-66 cm; Males: 63-69 cm
Weight: Females: 29-34 kg; Males: 36-41 kg
Color: Light Wheat, Red Wheat, Wheat
The price of puppies: $900 – 1200USD
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are symmetrical in build, light brown or red in color, with long, powerful limbs and a tail that hangs down in motion. Strong, intelligent, stubborn, friendly towards people, with a smooth hairless body and loud barking; very popular as a family dog. A characteristic feature of the breed is the “Ridge” on the back – a strip from tail to neck, within which the coat grows in the direction opposite to the rest of the coat. Excellent hunting and guard dog adapted to the harsh conditions of Africa. Due to its strength and endurance, it tolerates heat and temperature changes very well, it can do without water for more than a day. Because of its ability to hunt lions, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is also known as the “lion” dog.
An adult Rhodesian Ridgeback with asymmetrical build and excellent coordination of movements. The length of the body is slightly longer than the height. Male height ranges from 25 ~ 27 inches; females – from 24 ~ 26 inches. Males weigh 85 pounds and females 70 pounds.
Agile, friendly, with a strong psyche, not noisy; very popular as a pet. An excellent lion hunter (hence the second name of the breed is the Rhodesian lion-dog). This so-called breed with a characteristic “sinusoidal back” is not afraid of ferocious predators and can withstand even 5 lions in groups of several dogs. Ridgeback is a versatile breed that can be used as a hunting, guard, or companion dog; he needs a lot of space and needs an active lifestyle. In 1922 in Zimbabwe, at an exhibition of the Bulawayo Dog Breeders Club, 5 dogs were selected and on the basis of their characteristics, a standard for the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed was created and approved. With these large South African dogs, they hunted lions in Zimbabwe. Contrary to the nickname received, the Ridgeback never attacks a lion, although it is indeed a track hound that preys on large predators. Having tracked down the lion, he keeps it with his barking until the hunter arrives. And the large size and strength allow the dog to dodge the predator’s paws. However, not only hunting dogs come out of them. Due to their dedication, loyalty, and sensitivity, Ridgebacks make excellent companion dogs.