UTILIZATION : The Rhodesian Ridgeback is still used to hunt game in many parts of the world, but is especially prized as watch-dog and family pet.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 3 Related breeds.
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Rhodesian Ridgeback is presently the only registered breed indigenous to southern Africa. Its forbears can be traced to the Cape Colony of Southern Africa, where they crossed with the early pioneer’s dogs and the semi-domesticated, ridged Hottentot hunting dogs. Hunting mainly in groups of two or three, the original function of the Rhodesian Ridgeback or Lion dog was to track game, especially lion, and, with great agility, keep it at bay until the arrival of the hunter.
The original standard, which was drafted by F.R.Barnes, in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, in 1922, was based on that of the Dalmatian and was approved by the South African Kennel Union in 1926.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Rhodesian Ridgeback should represent a well balanced, strong, muscular, agile and active dog, symmetrical in outline, and capable of great endurance with a fair amount of speed. The emphasis is on agility, elegance and soundness with no tendency towards massiveness. The peculiarity of the breed is the ridge on the back, which is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. The ridge is the escutcheon of the breed. The ridge must be clearly defined, symmetrical and tapering towards the haunch. It must start immediately GO BACK TO LIST the shoulders and continue to the hip (haunches) bones. The ridge must contain only two crowns, identical and opposite each other. The lower edges of the crowns must not extend further down the ridge than one-third of its length. A good average width of the ridge is 5cm (2”).
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Dignified, intelligent, aloof with strangers, but showing no aggression or shyness.
CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Should be of a hair length (width of head between ears, distance from occiput to stop, stop to end of nose, should be equal), flat and broad between the ears; the head should be free from wrinkles when in repose. Stop : The stop should be reasonably well defined and not in one straight line from the nose to the occipital bone.
FACIAL REGION : Nose : The nose should be black or brown. A black nose should be accompanied by dark eyes, a brown nose by amber eyes. Muzzle : The muzzle should be long, deep and powerful. Lips : The lips should be clean, closely fitting the jaws. Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. The teeth must be well developed, especially the canines or holders. Cheeks : Cheeks should be clean. Eyes : Should be moderately well apart, round, bright and sparkling, with intelligent expression, their colour harmonising with the colour of the coat. Ears : Should be set rather high, of medium size, rather wide at base, and gradually tapering to a rounded point. They should be carried close to the head.
NECK : Should be fairly long, strong and free from throatiness.
BODY : Back : Powerful. Loins: Strong, muscular and slightly arched. Chest : Should not be too wide, but very deep and capacious; the brisket should reach to the elbow. Forechest should be visible when viewed from the side. Ribs moderately well sprung, never rounded like barrel-hoops.
TAIL : Should be strong at the root and gradually tapering towards the end, free form coarseness. It should be of moderate length. It should not be attached too high nor too low, and should be carried with a slight curve upwards, never curled.
FOREQUARTERS : The forelegs should be perfectly straight, strong and well boned, with the elbows close to the body. When viewed from the side, the forelegs should be wider than viewed from the front. Shoulders : The shoulders should be sloping, clean and muscular. Pastern : Should be strong with light spring.
HINDQUARTERS : In the hind legs the muscles should be clean and well defined. Stifle : Good turn of stifle. Hock : Strong, well let down.
FEET : The feet should be compact and round, with well arched toes and tough, elastic pads, protected by hair between the toes and pads.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Straight forward, free and active.
HAIR : Should be short and dense, sleek and glossy in appearance, but neither woolly nor silky.
COLOUR : Light wheaten to red wheaten. A little white on the chest and toes is permissible, but excessive white hairs here, on belly, or above toes is undesirable. A dark muzzle and ears permissible. Excessive black hairs throughout the coat are highly undesirable.
SIZE AND WEIGHT : Height at withers : Dogs : 63-69 cm (25” -27”).
Bitches : 61-66 cm (24” -26”). Weight : Dogs : 36,5 kg (80 lbs).
Bitches : 32 kg (70 lbs).
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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The Rhodesian Ridgeback derives from the
crossings between the dogs ridgebacked originally held from the trib
native of the South Africa with other race between which
Hottentot, Mastiff, Deerhound and disowned others breeds.
Subsequently they have been imports to you in Rodesia from Boer
between the 16 and the 17 century: its standard be fixed in Rodesia
The Rhodesian used Ridgeback for many scopes.
This impressive dog could make the guard, hunt, play to the bringing
back and protect the own family. The South African hunters noticed
that the Rhodesian Ridgeback in branco, was much valid for the
hunting to the lions and from derives here their according to name
that for lappunto African Lion Hound. The accustomed
Rhodesian allambiente wild dellAfrica and pu to resist to unumidit
high. And insensitive to the punctures dinsetto and pu to survive
without food of water also for 24 hours. Its country of origin the
The Rhodesian a large, beautiful, very tornito
and muscoloso dog. Its name derives from particolarit of the its
mantle due to a symmetrical crest that runs on all the length of the
back, formed from hairs that grow in towards contrary to the rest of
the cape creating an only effect and much particular one. The short
mantle and I polish goes clearly from color a frumento to dark, some
time with small spots white women on the thorax and the feet. The
lengthened head, the flat and wide skull with one powerful jaw. The
Ridgeback has one set of teeth developed and a powerful bite well,
nonch one stop very obvious. The round eyes and luminous donate it
an unquestionably intelligent expression. The color of the nose
would have to be black or brown, depends however on the color of the
cape. The front legs would have to be straight and many forts, while
the incurvata thin tail leggermente towards the high.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback a feracious and
agguerrito hunter but to house becomes mansueto and calm, obedient
and a good dog. Good of nature, some exemplary show for their
intolerance in the comparisons of the children and their ways to
times bruschi to play. And intelligent and sly but loyal a dog much
and faithful one towards the family, brave and alert, classified in
the comparisons of the disowned ones. It has much resistance and it
forces, nonch one the good independence. This race needs of a
meticulous and careful training and since the first months of
opportune life to make to socialize it with other persons and other
dogs. As gi said they are much intelligent and they learn fastly but
they are to the contempo, a po stubborn and cocciuti. Laddestramento
must still happen when the dog cucciolo so as to it is made to
listen with devout facilit and must wise be made dosing firmness and
dolcezza. Protect to you are dogs many in the comparisons of just
the landladies. It absolutely must avoid to supercharge them. The
exemplary males can rather be aggressive in the comparisons of the
other dogs. If accustomed since cucciolo to cohabit with other small
domestic animals, any problem upgrades them sar avoided from adult.
The Ridgeback an optimal companion of jogging!
Problems of health .
_ the the Rhodesian Ridgeback one race strong
and resistant able to sopportare bruschi change of temperature. It
disturbs devout you attend are the dysplasia and the appearance of
The Rhodesian Ridgeback not avr problems in
apartment if the sar given the possibilit to move and to make
exercise allaperto a pair of times to the day. Naturally it would be
much free best in garden.
These dogs have much physical resistance and
they are only gotten tired after along exercise: they love to make
long walks and race, they are therefore of the optimal companions
for the jogging!
From the 10 to the 12 years of life.
The short and smooth cape does not introduce
particular difficolt to maintain it in order. Sufficient Sar to
often brush it and fargli one shampoo if only necessary. In this
race the loss of hair in the average
Standard introduced from the Kennel Union Of Southern
Africa and of the Zimbabwe Kennel Club.
PUBLICATION And VALIDITA Of the STANDARD ORIGINATES THEM:
I USE: The
Rhodesian Ridgeback and still today used like dog from hunting
in many countries, but and equally a lot appreciated like dog
from guard and company CLASSIFICATION THE ICF:
Group 6: Segugi and dogs for blood track. Section
3: breeds analogous Not subordinate to job test
CHARACTERS GENERATE THEM: The Rhodesian Ridgeback is
introduced like dog of bellaspetto, strongly, muscoloso, agile
and lively, to symmetrical shapes, able of great velocita
resistance and good. Lenfasi goes mail sull agilita, leleganza
and the substance, without tendencies to the gravity.
Particolarita of the this race and crest on the back, formed
from crese hair that in opposite direction to the rest of the
cape. The considered crest and lemblema of the race: it must
very be delineated, be streamlined and symmetrical, it must
begin immediately GO BACK TO LIST the shoulders and continue until the
point of prominenza of also and containing two sun identical
and opposite crowns moon allaltra. The tail part of the crowns
does not have to extend beyond a third party of the total
length of the crest. One good medium width of the crest and 5
cm. (2 ins).
of dignitoso and
intelligent, classified character with the strangers, without
pear tree to give signs of aggressivita of of shyness
The skull: it would have to be of good length (width of the skull
between the orecchie, occipite distance between and stop,
between stop and tartufo, they would have to be equal), rather
wide plate and between the orecchie. The head: free
from wrinkles when the dog and in rest. The stop:
occipite straight line from the tartufo would have to be
enough very defined and not in one all.
MAKES THEM The tartufo: it would have to be black or
brown. The tartufo black it would have to be accompanied from
dark eyes, tartufo the brown from eyes color amber. The
snout: it would have to be along, deep and powerful. The
labbra: they would have to be ironed and very adherent to the
jaw The mouth: with powerful jaws, the correct set
of teeth and completes, with closing to scissor (recorded
advanced must to you as soon as to sporgere beyond those
inferiors and being it implants you perpendicular to the
jaws). The teeth must very be develop to you, especially the
canines. The cheeks: they would have to be dry.
The eyes: they would have very to be discards to
you between of they, round and shining, that they denote
intelligent unespressione; the color must be in harmony with
the color of the cape. The orecchie: they would
have to be inserted rather high, than medium largeness, rather
wide to the base they must assotigliare towards the rounded
off tip. They must be adherent capacities to the head.
NECK The neck : it would have enough to be along,
and strongly free from giogaia.
powerful. The kidney: strongly, muscoloso and
leggermente arch. The thorax: it would not have too much to be
wide, but much deep and able one, the tip of the chest must
catch up the tip of the elbow. I l chest: it would
have to be visible with the dog of profilo.Le ribs: moderately
rounded off, never you try to botte. Tail: it would
have to be sturdy to the root, sharpenning itself towards the
tip and deprives of grossolanita. Of just length, high of too
much low and and capacity with one does not have too much to
be inserted light curve towards lalto, but never rolled up.
limbs: front they would have perfectly to be in,
perpendicularly strong and equips you of good skeleton, with
the very adherent elbows to the body. Approval of lanteriore
profile must be piu wide that not seen of forehead. The
metacarpo it would have strong and leggermente to be tilted.
The shoulders: they would have very angled, to be very
delineated and muscolose, that they denote velocita. The
feet: they would have to be compact and round, with very
arched fingers and resistant and elastic plantari bearings,
protect from hairs between fingers and bearings. In the
posterior one: the musculature would have to be delineated and
very defined, ginocchio the very angled and garretto strongly
it must very have come down.
ANDATURA/MOVIMENTO: very online, melted and agile.
it must be short and driven in, of smooth and diamond,
never lanoso aspect of setoso. The color: from the
grain clearly to the red grain. And ammessso a po of white man
on the chest and the fingers, but one quantita excessive of
hairs white men in these points, or that they extend to the
ventre or over legs not and desirable. Snout and dark orecchie
are admitted. One excessive quantita of black hairs in the
cape and highly undesirable.
Males from 63 cm. (25 ins) to 69 cm. (27 ins) Females
from 61 cm. (24 ins) to 66 cm. (26 ins)
WEIGHT: desirable weight; 36,5 males Kg (80 lbs) 32
females Kg (70 lbs)
every shunting line
from the exposed points over must be considered defect and the
serieta with which it comes estimated it must be proporziona
them to the gravita level of of the same defect.
N.B. The males must
introduce two testicoli normally reductions in the scroto.