lion dog, noun phrase

Origin:
See quotation 1991.
ridgeback.
Note:
In British English usually called the Rhodesian lion dog.
[1930 Observer (U.K.) 9 Feb. 13Such rarities as..Rhodesian lion dogs, distinguished by the ridge of hair running along the back the reverse way of the rest of the coat.]
1938 E.C. Ash New Bk Dog 466 (caption)A Rhodesian Ridgeback (Lion Dog).
1979 A. Price Tomorrow’s Ghost 182I think we ought to have dogs...A pair of Rhodesian Ridgebacks — ‘Lion Dogs’.
1991 Philatelic Bulletin (No. 8075)Ridgeback Dog...First known as the Van Rooyen or lion dog (because of its hunting ability).
ridgeback.

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