- Other Names:
- African Lion Dog
- African Lion Hound
- Lion Dog
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was originally bred in the South African region to guard farms and assist hunter in flushing out and bringing down game; they are widely known for their use in lion hunting in Rhodesia beginning in the late 1870s. The breed is dubbed "Ridgeback" because the hair along their spine grows in the opposite direction from the rest of the coat in a ridge-like appearance. While this is not a trait unique to the Rhodesian Ridgeback (there are a couple other "ridge" breeds), the breed is often considered an extremely beautiful and can often be spotted as mascots on many dog products.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are an intelligent, sensitive, protective and affectionate...not to mention good-natured. Not convinced yet? They excel in nearly all athletic events and likely have the highest endurance of any dog breed making them a runner's dream dog as the breed can run a distance of 30 miles in 60-90 minutes. This low maintenance dog is easily trained and an excellent choice for families with children and other pets.