Rhodesian Ridgeback is handsome dog breed that was created in Africa to be a versatile hunter and home guardian.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks, also known as African lion hounds, were bred to protect African farmers, who mixed European dogs with half-native dogs kept by Khoikhoi tribespeople. Ridgies quickly evolved into hunting dogs for big game hunters when the hunters noticed that the dogs could hold lions at bay.
2) The Ridge
Ridgies are famous for the long strip of fur that runs down their spines, but many purebreds do not actually sport this signature Mowhawk. Still, the ridgeback is the only breed that grows a strip of fur in the opposite direction of the rest of its fur.
Being natural-born hunting hounds, Rhodesian ridgebacks have a strong impulse to chase. This makes them fun to play with, but ridgies can easily get carried away and vault a short fence or chase unfamiliar animals they see. Always play with a ridgie in a safe, controlled area.
4) Lion Hunter
This breed was developed in Africa as hunting dogs. They were used to chase and corner large game like lions, bears and boars. Rhodesian ridgebacks are still often used as hunting dogs today.
5) Quiet but Energetic
Rhodesian ridgebacks rarely bark unless something is up, so it is wise to listen when they vocalize. Or it could mean they're bored, which also means it's wise to pay attention. Bored ridgies are destructive ridgies. They are high-energy dogs who like to run, play and exercise. They can make mincemeat of a clean house if ignored for long.
6) Around Kids
Rhodesian ridgebacks are great with children, almost overly so. They can be too rambunctious with young children and may knock them over when trying to play. Their love doesn't stop with children, however. Ridgies are very protective of all members of their family.
7) Easy Grooming
Rhodesian Ridgebacks have smooth coats, typically in shades of tan and red. They do shed, but grooming time for this breed is minimal. A weekly brushing session and baths as needed, regular nail trims, and daily teeth brushing are all he really needs. Make sure to also keep his ears clean and dry.
8) Smart Dogs
Rhodesian ridgebacks are hounds, and that means they are smart and intuitive. But their natural energy level makes them reckless. Ridgies must be kept behind high fences, because they will leap short ones or run straight through electric or "invisible" fences. They also tend to run straight into the street, paying no heed to passing cars.
9) Cat Lover
Despite their inborn urge to chase and to stalk lions, Rhodesian ridgebacks actually love cats and other animals with whom they're familiar. If raised in a house of pets and children, ridgies are loyal friends, though they tend to see strange animals as either competition or prey.
10) Celebrity Choice
This breed has been popular among celebrities for decades. Famous owners include Patrick Swayze, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, Errol Flynn and Blake Griffin.