FCI-Standard N° 146  /  10.12.1996   / GB


ORIGIN :   Southern Africa.
Standard supplied by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa and the Zimbabwe Kennel Club.



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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.


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.

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.


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.

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 in 1922.

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 Zimbabwe.


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 temperament.

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 cysts.


Living conditions.

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




ORIGIN: Southern Africa
Standard introduced from the Kennel Union Of Southern Africa and of the Zimbabwe Kennel Club.


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).

COMPORTAMENTO/TEMPERAMENTO: 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.

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.

The neck : it would have enough to be along, and strongly free from giogaia.

The back: 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.

The 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.

The hair: 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.

RANSOM: desirable heights;
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)

DEFECTS: 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.