1. Rhodesian Ridgebacks, also known as African Lion Hounds, were originally bred in Zimbabwe to hunt lions.
  2. These dogs are known for their distinct ridge of hair on their back, which grows in the opposite direction of the rest of their coat.
  3. The ridge is created by a genetic mutation, which can cause health problems such as dermoid sinus, a condition where a tube-like indentation forms under the skin, leading to infection.
  4. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are large dogs, with males typically weighing between 80-90 pounds and females between 65-75 pounds.
  5. These dogs have a muscular build, making them excellent athletes and well-suited for activities such as agility and flyball.
  6. Despite their hunting background, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are also known for their loyalty and affectionate nature towards their human family.
  7. However, due to their hunting instincts, they may not be the best fit for households with small pets such as cats or rabbits.
  8. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a reputation for being independent and strong-willed, which can make training them a challenge.
  9. These dogs have a lifespan of around 10-12 years, and may be prone to health issues such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
  10. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a short, sleek coat that requires minimal grooming, but they do shed moderately.
  11. These dogs have a deep bark that can be quite loud, making them good watchdogs.
  12. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of the hound group.
  13. They have been featured in popular culture, such as the novel “White Fang” by Jack London and the movie “Goodbye, My Lady.”
  14. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are intelligent dogs, but can be stubborn, so positive reinforcement training methods are recommended.
  15. These dogs have a high prey drive, so they may not be suitable for households with small children.
  16. Rhodesian Ridgebacks excel in sports such as lure coursing and scent work.
  17. Despite their hunting background, Rhodesian Ridgebacks can make great family pets with proper socialization and training.
  18. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a protective nature, which makes them excellent guard dogs.
  19. These dogs have a high energy level and require daily exercise to keep them physically and mentally stimulated.
  20. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1955.