National Geographic : 1944 Sep
© National Geographic Society Painting by Walter A.Weber Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Named for the Cowlicks above Their Spines, Bay a Lion forthe Hunter's Coup de Grace Circling and feinting, these courageous 70-pounders harass but do not kill the King of Beasts. Ridgeback's extraordinary nose follows the faintest lion scent. Dorsal hair, escutcheon of the breed, grows from shoulder to tail in a direction opposite that of the rest of the coat. Ridgeback isarepresentative ofCanis familiaris, which includes all domestic dogs, regardless of shape or size.