Also known as the African Lion Hound, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed by the Boer farmers to accompany them on their hunting trips in the African wilds. They were introduced into Rhodesia in 1877 where they became highly valued by big game hunters who hunted lions from horseback. They are large dogs with a muscular, sleek build, and short, glossy coat with their namesake fur “ridge” running up their back. These natural athletes require regular exercise and, while descended from fearless hunters, they are very people oriented dogs who crave the comfortable company of their human caretakers. They are known for being patient and loving with children and their coats require very little maintenance other than occasional
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.