Where Are Rhodesian Ridgebacks From?
Ancestors of the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed can be traced to the 16th century, belonging to the Hottentot people of southern Africa. The following century, they were crossed with large dogs of European settlers to create a powerful breed of scent-hound that could be used to hunt wild game in Africa. In the late 19th century, the breed was taken to Rhodesia, where they propagated and became known for assisting big-game hunting. Official breed standards for the Rhodesian Ridgeback were created in 1922. They were officially recognized as part of the Hounds category by the American Kennel Club in 1955.