The Rhodesian Ridgeback originates from South Africa where he was bred by Boer farmers to be a hunting dog in the wild. In 1877, Reverend Helm brought two of these dogs to Rhodesia to help hunt lions on horseback. He’s also called the African Lion Hound. His unique feature is the ridge on his back. He came to the US in 1950.
He’s a muscular, big dog and his coat can be red to light wheaten and is glossy and sleek in looks. His coat hardly sheds and only needs to be brushed weekly and bathed once in a while. He’s athletic and needs regular exercise. He’s very much a “people” dog and will curl up on the couch, even with small children, if allowed. His height is 24 – 27 inches.