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08 Rhodesian Ridgebacks: Where does that ridge on their back come from?




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This article is from the Rhodesian Ridgebacks Breed FAQ, by richard@inet.net (Richard Gordon) with numerous contributions by others.

08 Rhodesian Ridgebacks: Where does that ridge on their back come from?

The Rhodesian Ridgeback's ancestry includes a dog native to
Southern Africa--a tribal dog, a companion and a hunter, with a
ridge of hair growing backwards down its back. European settlers
admired the hunting ability and temperament of the native dogs and
bred them with the dogs they had imported from Europe and North
African colonies. They found that the "cross-breeds" that had the
ridge had the most desirable hunting ability and temperaments and
began to breed specifically for the ridge. And thus the breed was
born.

 

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