53. Rhodesian Ridgeback
An all-purpose ‘Renaissance hound’ whose hallmark is the ridge, or stripe hair growing backward, on his back, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a fast and powerful athlete of a dog. They only come in one color, wheaten, which does so in every shade seen in a wheat field, from pale flaxen to the burnished red of a maturing crop. They also have two nose colors, black and the less commonly seen color brown. This breed must be guided with a firm but fair hand starting from puppyhood. The Ridgeback is independent, strong-willed, domineering, protective, affectionate, faithful, and loyal to those they trust. They need physical activity to help keep them healthy and happy, so daily outings such as long walks and play sessions with their owners are a great way to burn off steam.