The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed bred in the Southern Africa region. Its forebears can be traced to the ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi, which were crossed with European dogs by the early colonists of the Cape Colony of southern Africa. The original breed standard was drafted by F. R. Barnes, in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in 1922, who named the breed the Rhodesian Ridgeback. The standard was approved by the South African Kennel Union in 1927.
Also known as
This breed is also called African Lion Dog, African Lion Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Ridgeback, Rodesian Ridgeback as well as Van Rooyen's Lion Dogs.
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