Rhodesian ridgeback (Rhodesian Ridgeback)


South Africa. Canine processed by the standard organization of Kennel Union of South Africa and Simbabwe Kennel Club.


Rhodesian ridgeback is still used in many parts of the world to hunt game, but enjoys extraordinary popularity as a guard dog and a family member.

Group 6-hounds, bloodhounds and related breeds
Section 3-related breeds
Without an examination of the performance

Rhodesian ridgeback is currently the only recognized breed originating in South Africa. His ancestry can be traced to the Cape Colony, where he mingled with dogs earlier pioneers and the half-domesticated dogs Hotentotů, who were on the back of the comb. Rhodes ridgeback mostly hunted in groups of two or three, and its original role was to ascertain a large animals (especially Lions) and thanks to the great skills to stop it until you come close to the Hunter. The original standard was prepared by in 1922 in Bolawayo (Rhodézie) f. r. Barnes. This standard was based on the standard dalmatina and in 1926 it acknowledged South Africa breeders ‘ organisation the Kennel Union of South Africa.

Rhodesian ridgeback should be harmoniously built, strong, muscular, agile and active, symmetric from the profile to the motion and an average speed of extremely persistent. The main emphasis is on agility, elegance and functional health without any tendency to excessively strong appearance. A special feature of the breed is a ridge on the back (» ridge «), which is the strip of hair that grows in the opposite direction than on the remaining parts of the body. The dorsal stripe is a fundamental hallmark of the breed. Ridge must be clearly bounded, symmetric and towards the rear of the narrows. Must start immediately behind the shoulder blades and up to the hip hrbolům. The ridge on the back may have only two of the faith of the coat (» «crowns), which are the same shape and are placed symmetrically against each other. The lower edge of the vortices must not exceed over the top third of the back Ridge. Good average width back Ridge (ridge) is 5 cm (2 “).

dignified, intelligent, towards strangers, but no signs of aggression or timidity.



Skull: the skull should be of medium length (width between the ears and the distance from the top to the back skull trail and from the track to the tip of the snout should be the same), flat and broad between the ears; If the dog still, do not form a head, no wrinkles.

Stop: the Stop should be well marked with: profile from the top of the back skull to the tip of the muzzle must not form a straight line).


Nose: the nose should be black or brown. Black nose should tune with dark eyes, the Brown nose with amber eyes zbarvenýma.

Muzzle: the muzzle should be long, deep and strong.

Lips: Lips should be tight and well contiguous to the jaws.

JAWS/teeth: JAWS strong, with a perfectly closed lock and complete scissor bite. This means that the upper incisors just exceed the lower incisor teeth and jaws are set at right angles. The teeth must be well developed, this is especially true for the patient and best-sellers.

Cheeks: no rs.

Eyes: the eyes should be set in the middle distance from each other, round, clear and sparkling, with an intelligent expression. Its color should match the color of the coat.

Ears: the ears are deployed at a relatively high, medium in size, very broad at the base and tapering to a rounded tip. Ears should be carried by the adjacent to the head.

Neck: the neck should be fairly long, strong and free of loose skin on the neck.


Back: Strong.

Loins: Strong, muscular and slightly arched.

Chest: it should not be too wide, but very deep and spacious; the deepest point of the sternum should be sustained to the elbow.

Forechest: when viewed from the side, it should be apparent.

Ribs: moderately arched, should never be barrel shaped.

Tail: thick at the root, towards the tip of the tail is gradually narrowing, but not rude. A reasonable length, not deployed too low, or too high, carried slightly hooked, but never nekroužkuje.


Forequarters: Forelegs should be straight, strong and with strong bone; elbows to the chest. When viewed from the side of the Forelegs should be stronger than when viewed from the front. Strong wrist joints, front pasterns built slightly diagonally.

Shoulders: slanting shoulder blades should be clearly indicated, shoulders muscular, which radiates a great rate.

HINDQUARTERS: the hindquarters muscular development of lean, knee well developed foot short.

Feet: round, with well arched toes, biting and.

Movement: a spacious, free and energetic.


Coat: the coat should be short and dense, smooth and shiny; the coat is not curly or silky.

Colour: light wheaten to red wheaten. A little bit of white on the chest and toes is permissible, big white spots at these locations or tummy are undesirable. A dark muzzle and dark ears are permissible. Too many black hair in the hair coat is undesirable.


The required height at Withers:

Dogs: 63 cm (25 “) to 69 cm (27”)
Bitches: 61 cm (24 “) of up to 66 cm (26”)


Dogs: 36.5 kg (80 lb)
Females: 32 kg (70 lbs)

any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which must be in exact proportion to its degree.

male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

Source: Union of cynology, August 2016