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Old 12-12-2006, 08:47 PM   #1
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I'm the first to say that trying to sort out breed in a mix can be a fruitless effort. But for grins I went looking at Ridgeback sites and stumbled on this.

the first is a Ridgeback
the second is Yao Ming

Sure, dogs can look alike, but those two pics were just too eerily similar for me. Down to the expression on the face which I see all the time on him. I really did a double-take on that one. And look at the size of those paws!

There were many other pictures that showed traits that I see in Ming, though obviously his Shar Pei wrinkles and stocky-ish build are not Ridgeback traits. They have some wrinkles, just not as many.

We'll never know for sure. But it's fun to theorize and to find pics of other dogs that look so much like him was a trip.
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Old 12-12-2006, 08:56 PM   #2
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Does he have a ridge on his back ? They do look similar in the pics.

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check these out! Attached thumbnail is Ming of course.

http://www.rhodesian-ridgeback-photo...php/photo/3441

No... no ridge. I don't know if the ridge is a recessive trait. If so, than it could easily be absent in a mix. I've asked about it. If anyone here knows, please say so.
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:05 PM   #4
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pure rhodesians do not all have the ridge, but they must have the ridge to qualify for show and it must be a certail length and MUST have the whorls even, but not all pure rhodesians have their ridge. My heart is set on one and one day i WILL have one, my female is part rhodesian but she is on the small side
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I'll have to look more into their personalities because if Ming is any indicator, they have my vote.

of course, hubby wants a GSD so... since I "won" with getting Ming, I have to give the guy a break and let him get his GSD eventually.

since pure Rhodesians do not necessarily have the ridge, then that says it's not a dominant trait (or at least, not wholely so).

If you put the thumbnail above in one window and open the link to the Rhodesian picture and put them side-by-side, it seems virtually undeniable to me. Other than the ridge, his coat is identical, his ears, etc. Only his nose is a bit short of course. And he has more skin due to the Shar Pei input. He has those blond patches just behind each shoulder.

Do Rhodesians have any reputation re: their mouth? Ming is extremely gentle and likes to mouth affectionately (I know, I know).

Also, his coat is strange. It isn't oily at all (in fact, a tad dry and requires Linatone in his diet) but it is very hard to get wet. I was thinking this was due to the rumor of having Lab in his parentage but wondering if there is a similar thing with RR's? It's not really an undercoat, but at the same time he's, like MommyLisa said, "Water resistant." Trying to get him soaked enough to actually shampoo him is a challenge. Just slides off like water on bird feathers. It's a bit coarse, but not as much as purebred Shar Peis.
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theres alot about rhodesians that people dont know, as they arent at the top of the list for most popular breed, they are considered sight hounds, originaly bred to hunt lions in a pack so these dogs are very pack oriented and get along well with other dogs (with good socialization of course) they are laid back and reserved at home, but when working outside very energetic and playful, they make great agility dogs and exellent family pets as they were bred to be around a whole village of people and are wonderful with kids and people, they do tend to stand on guard with strangers but quickly warm up, they do have a tendancy to be very large couch potatoes, and to give lots of kisses!!! average size for them is females around 70-80 lbs and males at 100-120 lbs they come in several colors, tan, red, dark red, blonde, wheaton, and my fav red wheaton, all are allowed, some white on the chest and feet but it should not be overly marked, white that goes from the top of the chest to the bottom of the chest is acceptable but itf it runs onto the stomach or underside or is overly large make it a disqualification , white tipped or all white feet are normal for the breed, hope this helps a bit.. i know my ridgebacks.
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marked, white that goes from the top of the chest to the bottom of the chest is acceptable but itf it runs onto the stomach or underside or is overly large make it a disqualification , white tipped or all white feet are normal for the breed, hope this helps a bit.. i know my ridgebacks.
thanks much. Very interesting info. Ming has a little bitty cowlick on his chest that is very blond but not quite white. one foot is white-tipped. Of course, that doesn't make him a RR but it's cute.

I've been interested in Ridgebacks since my early teens when I saw one in an World Book Encyclopedia. A few years ago my dad worked for a fellow who had Ridgebacks on his ranch. Dad said they "owned" the couches in the house and he really thought they were great dogs. I never got to go and see them (promises, promises!) but wish I had. Dad was offered a pup at one point. Dang! At the time I wasn't in a position to have a dog (could barely handle my first husband and a toddler) but I was disappointed dad didn't take him up on the idea.

Despite all the interest, I've never really studied them other than I had read that they were bred to bay lions. Gotta be pretty big and intimidating for that - pack or otherwise.
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Hey,

I like the pics! Very definately got a bit of Ridgie in him! I have had Rhodesian Ridgebacks all my life, and seen alot of RR mixes too. Ming's beautiful, prob mixed with something smaller & stockier, his head is much shorter & makes it look wider. But rest of his conformation rings true to type.
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...maybe staffie+rr then, ridge lover?
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I did get an email response some time back from a Texas RR breeder who was most helpful. She felt it was a possibility but of course, there's no way to know. I'm doubtful about Staffie though anything is possible (some have suggested Mastiff but I personally don't see it - his face is much "finer".) Mom is Shar Pei but believed to be a Shar Pei mix. She could just be a poor example of a CSP (poor confirmation if judging by the breed standard) but again, we don't know for sure. Dad was fence jumper - the owners of mom thought it was a Lab and he may have some Lab in him but I don't think it's the dominant breed from Dad's side. He sure has some RR looks to him. And he's extremely agile for such a big lug.

ah well, like I said. it's fun to speculate.
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