Rhodesian Ridgeback Mixes – Meet The Hybrids Of This Ancient Dog
The history of the Rhodesian Ridgeback goes back thousands of years when it was used as pack animal for ancient tribes. They were known to hunt wild boar, deer, antelope and other game animals with ease. When they encountered humans, they became loyal companions and even friends. But their loyalty didn’t last long because humans started hunting them down and killing them off one by one. These dogs are now considered extinct due to human greed and cruelty.
Hybrid breeds have been created from these old purebred dogs which resulted in some very interesting looking mixes. Some of these hybrid breeds include: the Australian Cattle Dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the German Shepherd Dog, the Boxer, the Doberman Pinscher and many others.
There are two main types of hybrids: those that have a mixture of different breeds and those that have a mixture of purebreds. There are several reasons why breeders create such mixed breeds. One reason is to make money through selling the puppies. Another reason is to produce offspring with desirable characteristics so they can sell them later on or give them away at shows. A third reason is to keep the original breed alive by producing children who will carry on its genes.
The second main type of hybrid mixes are those that have a mixture of purebreds. An example of this would be a Labradoodle which is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Nowadays the popularity of cross-breeds is so great that it seems as if there is a new one invented every month. Most of these crossbreed dogs are created by accident due to irresponsible owners who don’t bother to quarantine the mother dog before mating it with another.
While some owners will go out of their way to get a mixed breed dog, there are a few reasons why a purebred is still the best choice for most dog lovers. The main reason is that by purchasing a purebred, you’re more likely to know what you’re getting in terms of personality and medical history.
The second reason is that many purebreds are often less expensive to purchase than a mixed breed from a pet store or puppy mill.
The third and final reason is that the breeding practices of most reputable breeders are far better than those of pet stores and puppy mills which lead to healthier dogs.
Taking on the responsibility of caring for a dog is a big job, no matter what type of dog you decide to get. Much like parenting, it takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to ensure that your pet lives a healthy and happy life. While mixed breed dogs may seem like a cheaper and easier solution to this, you might be very surprised at the amount of joy, love and fun that owning a purebred can bring into your life.
Some of the most popular purebred dog breeds include:
1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador is a hunting dog belonging to the Retriever family that originated in Labrador, a province of Canada. It has a short, dense coat, webbed feet and a tail that curls over its back. They come in three colors: yellow, black and chocolate. It became popular as a gun dog in the 1800’s because of their innate ability to retrieve things from the water, hence the name “retriever”.
Sources & references used in this article:
The history and relationships of dog breeds by HG Parker – Genetics of the Dog. 2nd edn. CABI, Wallingford …, 2012 – books.google.com
Why Ride a Camel When You Can Ride a Harley-Davidson? by GD Goodman – 2013 – midbarsalukis.com
Planet Dog: A Doglopedia by J Gallant – 2015 – Kynos Verlag
Why Does My Dog Act that Way?: A Complete Guide to Your Dog’s Personality by K Mehus-Roe – 2011 – i5 Publishing
Dog Behavior: Modern Science and Our Canine Companions by S Choron, H Choron – 2005 – books.google.com
The intelligence of dogs: A guide to the thoughts, emotions, and inner lives of our canine companions by S Coren – 2006 – books.google.com
Dogs for dummies by JC Ha, TL Campion – 2018 – books.google.com