The Rhodesian Ridgeback cannot be easily classified. It is likely derived from scenthounds, but there is surely mastiff blood and pariah blood in his make-up. The breed’s genesis is traced to South Africa and it is associated with the lost Phu Quoc Dog, which also had a characteristic ridge down its back. This ridge, from which the breed acquires its name, is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction from the rest of the hair on the back. In quality specimens, this hallmark is clearly discernible and ends with a whorl. The dog stands 24-27 inches in height at the shoulder and weighs 65-75 pounds. It is a muscular and symmetrical dog with a keen personality. Its scenthound blood provides a mellower disposition and ability to scent out large game. The name “African Lion Hound” has bee used to refer to the Ridgeback since it was used on the continent to track the maned king of the jungle.