Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog has a strong body posture, muscular and symmetrical. The mature Ridgeback is a handsome dog, athletic, and have a strong stamina. With a dignified temperament. Ridgeback Dog or known as African Lion Hound, devote his affection for his master and unfriendly to strangers, a very unique thing of this kind is, they have a 'ridge' on the back. Ridge is a hallmark of the breed.
No one knows for sure, however, there is a theory which says that people who live along the East African coast held a trade with Asian Seamen, which sometimes is traveling accompanied by a dogs (the dogs is now extinct) that his back has a ridge (line hair that grows upside down) from the Phu Quoc island (part of modern Vietnam).
It said that the East African societies has a lot of cattle, goats and sheep from Asia. It is believed that Asian dogs and African dogs are mating, thus lowering the ridge genes to African dogs. Several centuries later, European settlers brought their hunting dog to the African, who then mate with a ridge African dogs. So the ridge gene became dominant among their descendants. Professional hunters finally starting to realize that this ridge breed dogs have the hunting ability and outstanding temperament. They then selectively breeding this ridge and finally was born the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Thai Ridgeback. A dog with a similar type of Rhodesian Ridgeback have a common ancestor, these two species have the genetic similarity, ie their backs and dermoid sinus.
The skull is flat and slightly wide between the ears and should be free from wrinkles. Her eyes well separate, round, bright and shining with a smarty expression. Ear is rather high, medium size, rather wide at the bottom, forming a round and close to the head. Snout is long, deep and powerful. His nose is black, brown or liver colored. If the nose is black, the eyes should be black as well, brown or liver nose with amber eyes. Jaws strong with good teeth and a scissors bite.
Rhodesian height for males dog is 63 cm - 69 cm (25 inches - 27 inches), the females Rhodesian is 61 cm - 66 cm (24 inches - 26 inches).
Rhodesian height for males dog 36 kg - 41 kg (80 pounds - 90 pounds), while the females dogs is 29 kg - 34 kg (65 pounds - 75 pounds).
Ridgeback coat is short and dense, look shiny but not clotted and very smooth. Colored from light yellow to reddish yellow. A little white on chest and toes.
That characterizes of this breed is the ridge on the back which is composed of hair that grows the opposite direction to the other coat. Ridge clearly visible, narrow and symmetrical. Ridge starts from behind the shoulders and consistently connect to one point between the waist and should have 2 crowns equal and opposite to each other.
Rhodesian Ridgeback Temperament is dignified and has a good temper. Being unfriendly to strangers.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks will be fine if you live in an apartment, as long as getting enough exercise. These dogs are relatively inactive when in the narrow room. Therefore, provide Rhodesian Ridgebacks Dog a large yard to do the best activities.
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