BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is presently the only registered breed indigenous to southern Africa. It's forebears can be traced to the Cape Colony of southern Africa">
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is presently the only registered breed indigenous to southern Africa. It's forebears can be traced to the Cape Colony of southern Africa, where they crossed with the early pioneers' dogs and the semi-domesticated, ridged Hottentot hunting dogs. Hunting mainly in groups of two or three, the original function of the Rhodesian Ridgeback or lion dog was to track game, especially lion, and, with great agility, keep it at bay until the arrival of the hunter. The original standard, which was drafted by F. R. Barnes, in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in 1922, was based on that of the Dalmatian and was approved by the South African Kennel Union in 1926.
 

Ridgeback Anatomy