RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK TIMELINE – kom og hør mere 3/9 kl 20. i Strøby
A very brief snapshot of the breed history – by Linda Costa
The Cape of southern Africa is settled by Europeans. A local dog with a ridge on his back is seen there. This local canine interbreeds with the imported dogs of the new arrivals. The ridge persists.
Missionaries, miners, hunters and travellers move north across the Zambesi River into Rhodesia, bringing their dogs of many and varied types with them. Some have the distinctive ridge on their back. Several people take an interest in this “ridged” type of dog and begin to
purposely breed them.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – The Parent Club – is formed in Bulawayo Rhodesia.
Breeders are active in Rhodesia in the north and south
Seven Rhodesian Ridgebacks are exported to Kenya by Sydney Waller, previously living in Rhodesia. Waller sets himself up as a professional hunter and guide with great success.
The Prince of Wales and Duke of Gloucester are introduced to the breed while on Safari with Waller in Kenya. Many wealthy and influential English visitors go on Safari with Waller and meet his dogs.
The breed becomes popular amongst the English in Kenya.
Several are exported to England.
The breed is officially recognised by SAKU (South African Kennel Union)
Mrs Madja Foljambe, a hunting client of Waller, purchases a breeding pair in Kenya and exports to England; they are shown at Crufts. She purchases successive imports over the next few years from both Kenya and Rhodesia.
Denys Finch Hatton imports a breeding pair from Rhodesia to Kenya, gives them to Rose Cartwright.
Lady Baillie of Leeds Castle purchases a bitch from Rhodesia and imports a dog from Waller in Kenya
Major Cecil Henry Feilden sends his Rhodesian Ridgeback dog Simba to England from Rhodesia
Mrs Leila Player imports a breeding pair from Rhodesia and exhibits them at Crufts.
Viscountess Edith Furness imports a litter of pups to England from Kenya
Robert Pollard Oldham Jnr imports a Rhodesian Ridgeback dog from England to the USA
Errol Flynn imports a breeding pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks from England to the USA