Mom always shows us pictures of the dogs she sees when she is away from home. She says this is a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Isn't this a cool looking dog?
Here is one without the clothes on. Isn't he handsome? Also known as the African Lion Hound, they were developed in Zimbabwe in South Africa to help hunt lions. They are athletic dogs. One source we found says that they can keep us with a horse at the gallop for 30 miles. Wow!
Rhodies are known for the ridge of hair on their backs, which grows toward the front along their spines. They are usually varying shades of red/tan and often have black markings on their faces.
This is a painting depicting a lion hunt using Rhodies. Those dogs must be very brave. They were described as the Navy Seals of the dog world.
They are said to be affectionate dogs, good with kids but a bit reserved with people they don't know, and very dignified. Mom says that the ones she has met are very dignified and sweet.
We'd love to meet a Rhodesian Ridgeback. But we're going to be friendly and calm because it sounds like they're pretty tough.