COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: South Africa. Standard supplied by the Kennel Union of South Africa and Simbabwe Kennel Club.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 10.12.1996
UTILIZATION: The Rhodesian Ridgeback is still used in many parts of the world to hunt game, but is especially prized as watch-dog and family member.
CLASSIFICATION FCI: Group 6 Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 3 Related breeds
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Rhodesian Ridgeback is presently the only registered breed indigenous to southern Africa. His ancestry can be traced to the Cape Colony, where they mingled with the early pioneer's dogs and the semi-domesticated dogs Hottentots, who were on the back ridge. Rhodesian Ridgeback Hunting mainly in groups of two or three, the original function was to track big game (especially lions) and, with great agility to stop until you come close to the hunter. The original standard was prepared in 1922 in Bolawayo (Rhodesia) FRBarnes. This standard was based on that of the Dalmatian and in 1926 it recognized the South African Kennel Union of South Africa.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Rhodesian Ridgeback should represent a well balanced, strong, muscular, agile and active dog, symmetrical in outline, and movement of speed endurance. The emphasis is on agility, elegance and soundness with no tendency towards massiveness. Peculiarity of the breed is the ridge on the back (»ridge«), which is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the body. The ridge is the escutcheon of the breed. The ridge must be clearly defined, symmetrical and tapering towards the haunch. It must start immediately behind the shoulders and continue to the hip bumps. The ridge must contain only two beliefs coat (»crowns«), which are the same shape and are positioned opposite each other. The lower edges of the crowns must not extend over the upper third of the dorsal ridge. A good average width of the dorsal ridge (ridge) is 5 cm (2 ").
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Dignified, intelligent, aloof with strangers, but showing no aggression or shyness.
Skull: The skull should be of medium length (width of head between ears, distance from occiput to the top to stop and from stop to tip of nose, should be equal), flat and broad between ears when the dog is at rest, for he does not head no wrinkles.
Stop: The stop should be reasonably well defined from top of head to tip of nose must not form a straight line).
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 tight and tense fit snugly against the jaws.
Jaws / Teeth: Jaws strong, with a perfect and complete scissor bite. This means that the upper teeth closely overlapping 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: The eyes should be moderately well apart, round, bright and sparkling, with intelligent expression. Their color should harmonize with coat color.
Ears: Should be set rather high, of medium size, rather wide at base and tapering to a rounded tip. They should be carried close to the head.
Neck: The neck should be fairly long, strong and loose skin at the throat.
Loins: Strong, muscular and slightly arched.
Chest: Should not be too wide, but very deep and capacious; brisket should reach to the elbow.
Chest: Seen from the side should be apparent.
Ribs moderately sprung, never rounded like barrel-hoops.
Tail strong at the root towards the tip of the tail is gradually narrowing, but not rude. Moderate length, neither too low nor too high, carried slightly curved, never curled.
FOREQUARTERS: Forelegs should be perfectly straight, strong and well boned, with the elbows close to the body. When viewed from side, the forelegs should be wider than viewed from the front. Strong wrist joints, pasterns strong with slight spring.
Shoulders: Sloping shoulders should be marked, clean and muscular, denoting speed.
Hindquarters: Muscular hind legs slender, well bent knee, short vamp.
Feet: Round with well closed and arched toes.
MOVEMENT: Straight forward, free and active.
HAIR: The coat 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 chest and toes is permissible, but excessive white hairs here, on belly or undesirable. A dark muzzle and ears permissible. Excessive black hairs throughout the coat are highly undesirable.
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Dogs: 63 cm (25 ") to 69 cm (27")
Bitches: 61 cm (24 ") to 66 cm (26")
Males: 36.5 kg (80 lbs)
Females: 32 kg (70 lbs)
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a defect, which should be in exact proportion to its degree.
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normally developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum.