The Rhodesian Boxer is a new hybrid produced by crossing the Boxer with the Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. Both parents had a working history which we can look at to see the Rhodesian Boxers lineage. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed in South Africa by Boer farmers. By breeding dogs they brought from Europe with the half wild native dog of the Khoikhoi people they produced a tough resilient dog with a ridge along its back that was an excellent hunter. These strong dogs were even used to hold a lion at bay until the hunters arrived. Tough as nails, these dogs could withstand the extreme temperatures and terrain of their native land. Cornelius von Rooyen began a breeding program and set down a breed standard in 1922. The Ridgeback arrived in the United States in 1911, but it wasn't until after World War ll that large numbers were imported to the U.S, Britain, and Canada. They were recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1955. The Boxer was originally a German breed and is a cousin to almost all types of Bulldogs. Their ancestors are said to be fighting dogs bred in Tibet. Originally used to hunt and guard, the Boxers lineage includes the Bullenbeisser Mastiff who was used to chase, catch and hold wild game such as boar, bear and bison. The breed was refined after the 1850s to produce a smaller lighter dog which became the European Boxers. They were used in bear baiting until the sport was outlawed. Then, in 1895, breeders stabilized the breed and brought Boxers to the attention of dog fanciers. During both World Wars the Boxer was used to carry messages, ammunition and supplies. Returning servicemen brought some of these dogs back home after the war and then the Boxer was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1904. Boxers continued to be popular since then, excelling as guardians, show dogs and companions.