2011 National Dog Show sneak preview: Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback, known for the distinctive forward-growing ridge of fur along his spine, was originally bred in South Africa to hunt lions. 

Not a lot of lions where you are? A Ridgie still might make a great pet for you; their short coats mean they don't shed much, so you can get away with the occasional brush and a weekly bath. They like people, including kids, and they like exercise, too. The Ridgeback is a great companion for running and hiking.

And, um, snacking on small bills you leave lying around. (Just kidding!) (Probably.)

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a member of the Hound Group; the breed's judging from this year's National Dog Show Presented by Purina is below!

 

More on the Rhodesian Ridgeback from the American Kennel Club
Vetstreet talks "with" Eli, the National Dog Show's ambassador
Read more from Petcentric's resident travel team, Rhodesian Ridgeback Mr. Eko and his human Will