14 years ago
Anonymous

Are ridgebacks sent or sight hounds?

Are ridgebacks sent or sight hounds?
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14 years ago
Faerie loue
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Neither. They are a working dog used for hunting, however they are not of the hound group.Alternatively, the HRA (Hunting Ridgeback Association) contends that neither classification is correct - that the Rhodesian Ridgeback is neither a sighthound, nor a scenthound, as those types are classically defined. They maintain that the Ridgeback is actually a silent tracking Cur Dog. Most Curs are denoted by their fast, hard hunting style - a Cur is known for finding game using its eyes, ears and nose. Curs
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14 years ago
KimbeeJ
There is some (often heated) debate whether the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a sighthound or scent hound. Positions in this discussion usually mirror geography (and the body style of dog preferred), with Americans on the sighthound side of the debate and Europeans and Africans on the scenthound side. Perhaps both are correct: This incredibly versatile breed does not fit easily in either category. In general Ridgebacks pursue prey by the context appropriate method. By sight when possible, and if the prey is not in sight, tracking by scent.
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14 years ago
gringo4541
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are sight hounds.
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14 years ago
ragapple
Offically they are classed as sighthounds. But there are many who dissagree with that. They are the odd one out in the group both in build & running style. Both sight & sent hounds were used in the development of the breed....
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