Breed of the Month: The Lion Hunter

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Bred first in Southern Africa to hunt lions, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known for their intelligence, agility, and bravery.

They have a characteristic ‘ridge’ of fur along their spine that grows forward giving it its ridgeback name. The usually have a beautiful light wheaten to red wheaten coat. You can also see that its shoulders and flank resemble those of a Dalmation.

While they helped hunters on lion hunts, they did not, themselves, take down lions. Rather, they were skilled at distracting the beasts while its master took aim. Usually they were sent out in two’s or three’s and worked well together at confusing and goading lions. Now, besides being wonderful dogs in the home, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are used to help train athletes.

That being said, Ridgebacks are best suited to owners who have experience with consistent discipline and training. Ridgebacks are very loyal and extremely intelligent. Sometimes this can come across as disliking strangers but really they are just prone to taking in newcomers and are rarely aggressive. However, as we said before, they need consistent feedback and structure. They can be very loving dogs.

If you own a Ridgeback, share your experiences with us here! We would love to see a picture if you have one…

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