About the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was once called the “African Lion Hound” because they would hunt and corner lions and keep them at bay until the hunter could shoot their prey. They are a mix of semi-domesticated African hunting dogs and European breeds, most notably, the Great Dane.
South Africa is a nation of extremes, requiring a distinctive hound to hunt its indigenous animals. The Rhodesian Ridgeback it’s a rare example of the union of European dog breeds with a semi-wild African dog. The earliest European settlers in Southern Africa bred their Greyhounds, Great Danes and Foxhounds with indigenous Hottentot dogs, an old tribal breed considered the vanished ancestor of the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They created a bold hound with fantastic stamina, combining the hunting instincts of European dogs with the Southern African hound’s capacity of holding lions and large prey.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are big, handsome dogs that make fearless hunters, they are sometimes stubborn and given to individualism. But when properly socialized and trained, they make a fantastic household pet!
This brave hunting hound got their name from the strip of hair growing in reverse on their backs.
Read some quick facts about this awesome dog breed in the Petrage Infographic below!