Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Origin: The breed was developed by the Boers at the end of the nineteenth century. Its standard, fixed in Rhodesia, dates from 1922

1. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Its name describes its most unique characteristic: a clearly defined symmetrical ridge running the length of its back, formed by hair that grows in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. Height: dogs, 25 to 27 inches (63.5-66.5 cm.). Bitches, 24 to 26 inches (61 - 66 cm.). Ideal weight: dogs, 75 pounds (33.9 kg.); bitches 65 pounds (29.4 kg.). It has an elongated head with an extremely strong muzzle and jaws, a black or brown nose (depending on the color of its coat), very well-developed teeth, a flat skull, and a marked stop. Its eyes are round, shiny, intelligent. Its ears are wide, carried close to the head. Tail: slightly curved. Limbs: muscular. Its coat is short, thick, brilliant in colors that range from light wheaten to red wheaten. A little white on the chest and toes is admissible

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Uses: It can be called a 'safari dog' because in small groups it has been used for hunting lions and pumas. It withstands well the torrid heat of day and the damp cold of night, is insensitive to the bites of insects, and can go hungry and thirsty for many hours.

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