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Why Do Rhodesian Ridgebacks Have a Ridge on Their Backs?


July 12, 2010
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For those Rhodesian Ridgeback fans, who have wondered why a Ridgeback is indeed called a Ridgeback, one has to look at the cause of the ridge on their backs to get the real answers.

Taking the inititative to map the hair ridge trait in Rhodesian ridgebacks, scientists identified a segment of DNA that was found in Ridgebacks and the analysis revealed the precise genetic cause of ridges in this awesome African dog. A certain region contained three genes which were abnormally duplicated. These three genes are present in excess copies. When the genes are present in single copies, no ridge occurs – as in “normal dogs”.

The same underlying genes are responsible for two traits: the rare white coat color in boxers and the inverted ridge of hair growth in the 3 Ridgeback breeds: the Rhodesian Ridgebacks, the Thai Ridgeback, and the rare Phu Quoc Dog of Vietnam, which is somewhat smaller than the Thai Ridgeback. Based on genetic-based hypothesis, both the Thai Ridgeback Dog and Phu Quoc Dog are likely to be descended from a so-called Funan Ridgeback Dog which originated over 1,000 years ago in Funan Era of the region. The Hottentot Dog or Ari Dog (as called by the tribe), a known African ridgeback ancestor of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, is now extinct. The possible genetic connection among the three remaining breeds is being investigated through DNA studies. So far, the only thing they have in common is the ridge on their backs.

In addition to showing a simple pattern of inheritance- suggesting that one gene or genomic region is responsible – the coat color and ridgeback traits are easily observed in dogs as well!

Euro Puppy is proud to have Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies for sale.

Catgegory: Dog Facts

"Sawubona Euro Puppy". Hello Euro Puppy. Africa Welcomes You.


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Euro Puppy has made roots for itself in Africa, much like a huge Baobab tree. Africa conjures up images of the “Big Five” and one would think dogs don’t play an important role in the lives of Africans. Well they actually do. Africa can boast with a number of rare indigenous dog breeds. These include the Basenji from Congo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback from Zimbabwe; the Saluki from Egypt, the Aidi and the Sloughi from Morocco, the Azawakh from Mali, not to mention the Africanis (or Zulu Dog) and the Boerboel from South Africa.

However, interestingly enough, more and more people from Africa are seeking to import dogs from Europe. Dog lovers from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria cannot match the uniqueness of the so-called large-bodied fighter dogs from Europe. The Rottweiler, the Neapolitan Mastiff, and the Dogue de Bordeaux to name just a few, are some of these powerful breeds. People living in Africa have started to surf the net and are looking for top quality puppies for sale; puppies which can be imported into Africa without any hassle from Europe. Since where else can you get these top quality European breeds, than from the heart of Europe? People living in Africa are not only interested in breeding these dogs in Africa, but they are also looking at finding the perfect protection dog. Africa is undeniably a stunning continent but it is also undeniably volatile. It is thus no surprise that people wish to find the best protection dog. Although the massive Boerboel from South Africa as well as the Rhodesian Ridgeback are known fighters, the enchanting character, spirit and unique breed standard of the European bad-ass fighter dogs like the Rottweiler, the Doberman, the Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Neapolitan Mastiff can make any dog lover living in Africa: proud, happy and safe.

Euro Puppy has managed to ship healthy and happy puppies to Africa. Shipping is free to South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya. Top quality European imports from the best European breeders are favored these days. Anyone else who has ever lived in Africa can also safely say that there is nothing more magical than a happy tail-wag in an African sunset…

African dogs at Euro Puppy

Catgegory: Company News

Kylie Minogue's Love for Sheba the Rhodesian Ridgeback


Sandor Fagyal

Kylie Minogue is well known as a Pop Star and her unique style of stage entertainment. Most people also know that the Australian Star overcame a battle with breast cancer. It was during the treatment, that the star says she became very close to her ex boyfriend’s Rhodesian Ridgeback – Sheba.

Kylie Minogue and Sheba

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are extremely loyal to their master and though they are not aggressive, they don’t get friendly with strangers either. Most trainers know however that they don’t respond well to rough treatement and discipline. Perhaps they have a soft side after all!

Interestingly, the dog which hails from southern Africa was used to keep lions occupied while they bought time for their master to arrive and kill it. For this reason, they are also called the African Lion Hound.

Due to the varied abilities of the amazing dog, there has been considerable controversy as to how to classify it, since it performs many functions of the hunting dog very well.

Catgegory: Celebrity Dogs