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Rhodesian ridgeback,

sometimes called the African lion hound, breed of large, muscular houndhound,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head low, and
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 developed in South Africa in the 16th and 17th cent. It stands from 24 to 27 in. (61.0–68.6 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 65 and 75 lb (29.5–34.0 kg). Its short, dense coat is glossy and usually tan or reddish tan in color. The ridge down its back is caused by the hair growing in the opposite direction from the rest of the coat. The original ridgeback stock was produced by the crossing of such dogs as mastiffs, bloodhounds, Great Danes, and terriers brought to South Africa by German and Dutch emigrants, and a half-wild, native hunting dog that contributed the characteristic ridge. In addition to its outstanding ability at hunting lions, the ridgeback was prized as a protector of farms from prowling animals. Today it is often a companion dog. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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The client's Rhodesian Ridgeback was purchased from South Side Dogs and has now become a notable participant within agility competitions throughout Connecticut and New York State.
He's also been adapting to the competitions with great excitement - a well-documented characteristic of the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed - and most recently finished 2nd in a competition that featured several other highly prized breeds.
Here on the Lazy J Ranch in northern Arkansas, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is one of our most valuable assets.
Out of necessity, therefore, these settlers developed, by selective breeding between dogs they had brought with them from their home countries and the half-wild ridged dog of the Hottentots, a distinct breed of the African veldt, which has come to be known as the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
The breeds they specialize in are Vizsla, German Shorthair Pointers, Weimaraners, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Mr Evans, a former commercial diver, who has lived on the island since 1963 - his father was an officer at RAF Valley - breeds award-winning Rhodesian Ridgebacks at his cottage home in Bodorgan and last month won prizes at Crufts, the world's greatest dog show.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally bred to bait lions in Africa.
So apart from Newport's current bid for a first Welsh League title, Forster is also happy to wax lyrical about two-year-old Digit, the Rhodesian Ridgeback dog he and his wife Sandra keep at their home in Ponthir.