Family: sighthound, scenthound, Southern (sight)
Area of origin: South Africa
Original function: large game (including lion) hunting, guardian
Average size of male: Ht: 25-27, Wt: 85
Average size of female: Ht: 24-26, Wt: 70
Other names: African lion hound
Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Temperament
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is the hound group's answer to a somewhat protective dog. Not only is he a keen and versatile hunter, but he is a loyal guardian. He is good with children, especially protective of those in his family, but he is sometimes overly boisterous in play. He is strong-willed and powerful; some can become domineering.