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South Africa Endangered Species: Rhodesian Ridgeback

Animal

Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog native to South Africa and Zimbabwe. It is a breed of dog that is said to have been hunting lions, and is said to be a very self-reliant dog. Rhodesian Ridgeback is also known as a lion dog. Due to the ferocious nature of Rhodesian Ridgeback, it has not become established as a domestic dog and the number of registrations is declining. From that, it is a dog that can even be extinct.

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Place of origin

Rhodesian Ridgeback is native to Zimbabwe, South Africa.

Characteristic

Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large dog with a height of 60-69 cm and a weight of around 35 kg. A major feature of Rhodesian Ridgeback is the backcombing that grows straight on the back. Rhodesian Ridgeback was created by crossing greyhound and terrier breeds imported from Europe with local African breeds. A short-haired dog with a tan fur. They range from a dark coat color called Red Wheaton, which is close to brown, to a light coat color called Light Wheaton, and there are black and brown noses. Rhodesian Ridgeback is a breed of dog with a strong self-reliance. A dog that was hunting lions, but has been domesticated and is now kept at home. Since this dog is a hunting dog, it needs to be exercised daily. Lack of exercise can lead to various behavioral problems due to stress. Rhodesian Ridgeback has been domesticated and the wild has decreased considerably. Food is often given as dog food. The life is said to be about 10 to 12 years.

Personality

Rhodesian Ridgeback is loyal, obedient, brave and very judgmental to his husband’s family. Since he has high self-judgment, he has a strong sense of independence, and since he is a dog with a high hunting instinct, he needs to be well disciplined. This is because it can attack humans if nothing is disciplined. It can be very ferocious when hunting, but at other times it is often very laid back and is said to be a two-sided dog. Basically, instructions are received only from the master, and when breeding as a domestic dog, consistent and rigorous training is required and it can be said that it is a very difficult dog.

Endangered species

Rhodesian Ridgeback is still a popular breed in South Africa and Zimbabwe and is often bred as a pet. However, in other countries, very few people keep this dog. Because this dog is a hunting dog, it is relatively difficult to breed and it is said that it is very difficult to train. Rhodesian Ridgeback is running out of breeders and can become extinct except in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The number of registered dogs is declining worldwide.

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