Rhodesian Ridgeback in the movies.
Rhodesian Ridgeback has appeared
in films such as.
The Jane Austen Book Club
Aliens in the Attic
The Dog Rescuers
Small Animal Hospital
Breed standards may change over time.
Both appearance standards and standards regarding breed character or working
qualities may change. The works of art of the early years depict the most typical
representatives of the breeds of that time. Comparing with the modern appearance of
the breed, you will be able to assess how much the breed has changed over time.
of interest are archival photographs of specific breeds, which you can find on the Internet in
specialized forums about the breed.
Historical reference of the
breed and subgroup.
Rhodesian Ridgeback A breed of hunting dog bred
from native species. They were very popular with African Boers as assistants in hunting
elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. Courageous, hardy, ferocious on the hunt, subject to proper
training, they are calm, good-natured, loyal, and can be excellent companions for
the inhabitants of the countryside. They love to accompany their
owner on bike rides.
The Khoi people who lived in the Cape when
the Dutch began trading with the area in the mid-17th century had a semi-wild hunting dog
that Europeans described as completely fearless and ferocious when acting as a guard dog. This
dog was about 46 centimeters tall at the withers, with a lean but muscular build. The ears were
described as erect but were later described as hanging due to crossbreeding with European
dogs, but the most distinguishing feature was the length of the hair, often growing backwards
along the back. For 53 years after the first Dutch settlements in South Africa, Europeans
used these local dogs themselves.
By the 1860s, European colonists also imported
many predominantly European dog breeds into this area of Africa, including such devoted hunting
dogs as Great Danes, bloodhounds, greyhounds, and terriers.
The Cuban Dogo, an extinct breed
used for dog fighting and guarding, was also prominently featured in the composition of the
early Ridgeback. Genetic analysis shows that the Ridgeback and the Great Dane fall into the same
genetic group, implying a major contribution of the Great Dane. These breeds were crossed with
local African dogs, including those of the Khoi people, resulting in the Boer hunting dog,
collectively called the Burhond, which is the main predecessor of the modern Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Genome sequencing of ancient dogs shows
The original breed standard was developed in
1922 by Barnes. In 1927, the Barnes Standard was approved by the South African Kennel Union.
Outside the subcontinent and internationally, the first Rhodesian Ridgeback in the UK was
shown by Mrs. Edward Foljambé in 1928. In 1950, Mr. and Mrs. William Brien of Arizona brought six
carefully selected Ridgebacks from South Africa to the United States. He, his wife, and Margaret
Lowthian of California began the process of accepting the breed by the American Kennel Club.
Similarly, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain was founded at Crufts in 1952 to promote
the breed throughout the United Kingdom.
In 1954, the first certificates were awarded to dogs
entered as Rhodesian Ridgeback in competitions in the United Kingdom, followed by recognition
by the Kennel Club of Great Britain,
Rhodesian Ridgeback is very attached to
the human family in which he lives.
Some breeds are strongly attached to one person,
others to all members of the human family, others may have a friendly attitude towards
all people in general, and the fourth may not have close ties even with the owner.
Rhodesian Ridgeback is attached to all members of the human family in which he lives.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known to be loyal and intelligent. They are
usually somewhat shy of strangers. this should not be confused with aggression, a
Rhodesian Ridgeback with a good temperament will not attack a stranger for no reason.
consistent training and proper socialization.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback treats strangers with
suspicion, sometimes even aggressively.
The attitude of any dog to strangers strongly
depends on the breed of the pet, but even more strongly this attitude depends on the upbringing
and socialization of a particular individual, while socialization in the early puppyhood of a
pet is especially important in this regard.
At the same time with children,
Rhodesian Ridgeback gets along very well. However, regardless of the dog's
friendly attitude towards children, a dog of any breed should not be
left alone with small children.
Some breeds of dogs are more relaxed about
the behavior of young children and may not pay attention to some antics of children, however,
it should be understood that dogs of all breeds, no matter how friendly they are, should be
with children only under the supervision of the owner or adults, since in addition to the
qualities of the breed in relation to children, there are also the individual characteristics
of each dog, its upbringing and previous experience in communicating with children.
Even these relationships are largely influenced by the behavior of children.
But the Rhodesian Ridgeback gets along well with other dogs.
shows aggression towards them.
Different breeds of dogs treat their own kind
differently, some dogs will play and interact in every possible way with dogs they meet or
live with, other breeds may try to dominate or even attack similar four-legged ones. At the same
time, the relationship between dogs can be very different from how a dog will react to people. The
behavior of a dog in relation to other dogs and people depends not only on the breed, but also on
the socialization of a particular individual.
Communication Rhodesian Ridgeback with
small pets such as hamsters, domestic rats, squirrels, chinchillas and other rodents
is best limited.
Cats can get along.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is not
a good fit for inexperienced dog owners or first-time dog owners.
Some dog breeds are easier to keep and train, while others are more independent and even
assertive and require an experienced owner.
This breed needs an experienced owner to prevent
dominance and overprotection problems.
Rhodesian Ridgeback can be kept in an
apartment, but a country house is much more preferable for keeping this breed.
It should be borne in mind that they do not tolerate loneliness and cannot
be left alone for a long time.
The quality and quantity of wool allows the
Rhodesian Ridgeback to comfortably endure cold and short-term heat.
Learning and training.
All dogs can be trained and trained, but some
breeds remember and execute commands faster and more readily than other breeds. Different
breeds need a different approach to training and education. Some breeds may appear to be
poorly trainable or even stupid, however, in most cases, a dog breed's trainability
is due to the stubborn or independent nature of the dog breed or individual.
exactly the case of Rhodesian Ridgeback, they are smart enough to understand what is
wanted from them but they are just as stubborn. Also of great importance in the trainability
of a dog is the role of what training methods the trainer uses for a particular breed.
In the book The Intelligence of Dogs, published in 1994 and written by University of British Columbia
Vancouver psychology professor Stanley Coren, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is ranked 53 out of 80
in terms of learning ability. In this regard, the breed stands next to such breeds as the Whippet,
Sharpei, Welsh Terrier and Irish Terrier.
In Professor Stanley Coren's book, Rhodesian
Ridgeback is located in the group:
Dogs with average learning abilities.
Mastering a new team from 25 to 40 repetitions.
Execution of the command from the first
time in 50 percent of cases and above.
The disadvantage of this scale of learning
ability, by the author's own admission, is its strong dependence on the ability to
obedience and command execution, for example, for working or service dogs, and its weak
connection with understanding and creativity, for example, hunting dogs.
As a result, some
breeds rank lower on the list because of their stubborn or independent nature, which does not
make them weakly intelligent or untrainable.
Tendency to bark.
Among other things, breeds differ in the level of noise, or
rather, in the frequency of their barking. Some breeds can bark all the time without stopping
and never get tired of barking at every stranger or strange dog that passes by your house or by
herself, other breeds bark only on business, when it is necessary in her opinion, and still others
can only give a voice in exceptional cases.
Rhodesian Ridgeback can be attributed to the
third group described above. This breed is absolutely not prone to unreasonable barking.
The desire to gnaw these dogs also do not stand out among others. The desire to gnaw and taste
everything is common to puppies of all breeds, but as adults, different breeds have varying
degrees of propensity to explore the world with their teeth. Rhodesian Ridgeback
is not prone to such pranks.
Activity and energy level.
According to the level of charge and activity, breeds can also be divided into active and calm
or even lazy.
An active dog will require constant walks, training and frequent mental stimulation
from you. Calm and less energetic dogs will be happy with short walks around the house and will
gladly share your desire to lie on the couch at home. This feature should be taken into account
when choosing a pet, since the unfulfilled needs of an active animal will be realized at home on
the things and objects of your home. The amount of energy in the dog also determines with what desire
and for how long the dog will play games with you or with your child under your supervision.
While extremely athletic and sometimes imposing, Rhodesian Ridgebacks do have a sensitivity to
handling. Francis Barnes, who wrote the first standard in 1922, recognized that abuse should
never be used on these dogs, especially at a young age. From such treatment they decompose. The
Rhodesian Ridgeback accepts corrections as long as they are fair and justified and as long as they
come from someone the dog knows and trusts.
In addition, many breeds have an innate desire
to chase moving objects and animals, the degree of this desire may vary from breed to breed.
this innate instinct is highly developed in a dog, you need to carefully monitor the pet during a
walk and keep it on a leash, since any moving object can provoke the dog to chase, even if it
is a car that can harm the animal, at such moments the dog can disobey the call of the owner and
switch all your attention to the moving target. In addition, such breeds pose an additional
danger to small domestic animals and birds.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has this instinct
highly developed and should be kept in mind when walking with your pet.
Passion for vagrancy and love of freedom.
Some breeds have a tendency to cover long
distances on their fours, for which they were bred, so these dogs, following their instinct,
will not miss the opportunity to escape from you and run a couple of kilometers, despite your
calls. Sled dogs, hounds and bloodhounds are mainly inclined to such walks.
has a tendency to run away from the owner on a walk if he smells an interesting smell.
Tendency to drool.
The amount of saliva produced depends
on the characteristics of the breed. Some breeds salivate so much that they can leave
marks on the carpet, on the sofa, on the floor and on you, other breeds also salivate,
but this happens in much less quantities.
Fortunately Rhodesian Ridgeback
produces very little saliva.
But the amount of hair that the
Rhodesian Ridgeback leaves behind is about the same as most dogs.
The amount of dog hair in your home and on your clothes depends a lot on what breed
you choose, some breeds shed all year round, others only seasonally, others hardly
shed. This characteristic of the breed can be important depending on where you plan
to keep the pet, whether members of your family are allergic to animal hair, and how
important it is to you in general.
Some breeds may require a lot of grooming and attention due to
coat characteristics, muzzle shape, habitat, or the general health of the breed.
Ridgeback in this regard is a fairly average dog in terms of complexity of care, it does
not require a lot of time for itself.
General health of the breed
on a 10-point scale.
The general health of dogs of this breed
and the possibility of the appearance of genetic diseases in them can be assessed
on a ten-point scale of 9 points, that is, they are quite healthy dogs with a minimum
number of genetically predisposed diseases.
Diseases known to affect this breed are hip
dysplasia and dermoid sinus. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is the sixth most thyroid-prone breed
listed by the Animal Orthopedic Foundation. In 2014, a study of the breed in the UK found an
average lifespan of 11 years..