Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Shalom Camera-Critters friends.

Have you ever seen a Rhodesian Ridgeback?

Strangely enough, the dog is characterized by a ridge of hair along its back running in the opposite direction to the rest of its coat.

I had never even heard of a Rhodesian Ridgeback until these three lively puppies were piled on my lap by the neighbors.

The breed began in Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe).
Wikipedia says
"The breed's history dates back to early in the 18th century, when the first European settlers found dogs domesticated by Khoi-khoi tribes with the hair on the spine turned forward. In the late 19th century, big game hunters needed a hunting dog that was tough, resistant to disease, and intelligent enough to avoid crocodiles and snakes, but brave and fast enough to face a lion. Also important was a tick-repellent smooth coat and tight paw pads to protect against thorns and rough terrain."
Fortunately Israel no longer has lions roaming wild.
But we used to!
You will enjoy looking at the page about the Dir Hijla/Gerassimos monastery near the Dead Sea.
There is a statue of a lion there and many icons and paintings of a lion and St. Gerassimos with the Mountains of Judea behind them.
The legend says that the Abbot encountered a lion roaring with pain near the Jordan River. He removed a thorn from the lion's paw.
The lion was so thankful that he became tame and joined the community.
In the Greek Orthodox art he is often depicted with a donkey and a camel, his friends from the monastery.


Lyndsey said...

Interesting post. I love dogs!

Blondie's Abode said...

Nice photos! I like the story about them as well.

Kate said...

I've heard of them, but never have seen any. Beautiful dogs and great photos to demonstrate the reason for their name.

Nikki-ann said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. A friend of mine used to have a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Willard said...

I had not heard of these dogs and found your post to be very interesting.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Lovely photos and very interesting information about these dogs.

Best wishes,

Kay L. Davies said...

I've never seen a black Rhodesian Ridgeback before. I had no idea they came in any color other than tan with a reddish tint.
They can be very nice pets, and they can be very good guard dogs, and for families they can be both, I'm told.

Kay, Alberta

Ann said...

Are your ridgebacks similar to whippets? I was driving to school in the rain. A man was walking his whippet. The dog's bright green jacket caught my eye. I told my friend a dog owner that it was a whippets.

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

Dogs really a great companion and bestfriends.

Anonymous said...

I really love dogs so these are no exception. I have heard of them before and saw them on television on a program called "Dogs 101" here.

Cloudia said...

cool post

and GREAT pic of you and puppies :)

Aloha from Hawaii

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Pietro said...

Beautiful pictures and good information about the dogs.
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Kay said...

I especially love the photo of you with the dogs. Those are very unusual looking dogs for sure, but they look friendly.

Rob and Mandy said...

Lovely dogs, and even lovelier pups! We're getting a cat next week.

JM said...

So very cute!