Origin
This breed’s origin is revealed in its name – Zambia was formerly Rhodesia. This heritage is further supported by the other names for this breed – African Lion Hound. Ancestors of this breed were believed to have hunted alongside tribesmen as early as the 15th century. In the 19th century European settlers bred the forefathers of the Rhodesian Ridgeback with Mastiff-type dogs and this formed the breed that we recognize today.
Lifespan
9-15 years
Size
60-63 cms (23-24 inches)
Weight
29-40 kgs (63-88 lbs)
Coat
Short, sleek and dense with the celebrated ridge of fur along the spine, which grows in the opposite direction to the rest of the quote.
Build
This is a muscular and well-defined dog, which is agile and powerful.
Characteristics
These are willful dogs, which can be difficult to train. Nevertheless they are placid and do make good pets. These dogs like a lot of exercise and obedience training from a young age is advisable.
Colour
Solid colours in golden to chestnut red hues.
   
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