The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Southern Africa. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi.
In the earlier parts of its history, the Rhodesian Ridgeback has also been known as Van Rooyen's Lion Dog, the African Lion Hound or African Lion Dog, Simba Inja in Ndebele, Shumba Imbwa in Shona, because of its ability to keep a lion at bay while awaiting its master to make the kill.
Lifespan: 10 yrs
Temperament: Strong Willed, Loyal, Mischievous, Dignified, Intelligent, Sensitive
Height: 63 ,69 cm (Adult, At the withers, Male, ...), 61 ,66 cm (At the withers, Adult, Female
Colors: Light Wheaten, Red Wheaten, Wheaten
Health: Health conditions known to affect this breed are hip dysplasia and dermoid sinus. The Ridgeback ranks number six in terms of most affected breeds for thyroid problems recorded by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.