Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a unique South African breed, resulting from crosses among native Khoikhoi dogs and various European breeds.
Originally bred to pursue lions, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are excellent hunters. They can track and hold their prey at bay, earning the nickname 'African Lion Hound'.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks love to run. They are fast enough to keep pace with some of the quickest dog breeds and often excel at lure coursing.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks only come in wheaten color, ranging from pale flax to deep auburn. The breed standard accepts 'light wheaten to red wheaten'.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks make excellent family guardians. Originally protecting Boer farms and families, their formidable presence deters intruders.
Movie star Errol Flynn was among the first to breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the U.S. He raised the dogs on his Hollywood ranch in the 1930s.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are deeply devoted to their families. They are 'people' dogs that want to be wherever you are, showing unswerving loyalty.