Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Standard
General Appearance - Handsome, strong, muscular and active dog, symmetrical in outline, capable of great endurance with fair
amount of speed. Mature dog is handsome and upstanding.
Characteristics - A distinctive
feature is the ridge on back formed by hair growing in opposite direction to the remainder of the coat. Ridge clearly defined,
tapering and symmetrical, starting immediately behind shoulders and continuing to haunch, and containing two identical crowns
not extending further down ridge than one-third of it's length. Up to 5cm (2 ins.) is a good average for width of ridge.
Temperament - Dignified, intelligent,
aloof with strangers but showing no aggression or shyness.
Head and Skull
- Of fair length, skull flat, rather broad between ears, free from wrinkles when
in repose. Stop reasonably well defined. Nose black or brown in keeping with colour of dog. Black nose accompanied by dark
eyes, brown nose by amber eyes.
Muzzle - Long,
deep and powerful. Lips clean and close fitting.
Eyes - Set moderately well apart, round, bright and sparkling with intelligent expression, colour harmonising
with coat colour.
Ears - Set
rather high, medium size, rather wide at base, gradually tapering to a rounded point. Carried close to head.
Mouth - Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular
and complete scissor bite i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Well developed teeth
Neck - Fairly
long, strong and free from throatiness.
Forequarters - Shoulders sloping, clean and muscular. Forelegs perfectly straight , strong, heavy in bone, elbows close
Body - Chest not too
wide, very deep and capacious, ribs moderately well sprung, never barrel ribbed. Back powerful, loins strong, muscular and
Hindquarters - Muscles
clean, well defined, good turn of stifle, hocks well let down.
Feet - Compact, well arched toes, round, tough elastic pads, protected by hair between toes and pads.
Tail - Strong at root, not inserted high
or low, tapering towards end, free from coarseness. Carried with a slight curve upwards, never curled.
Gait / Movement - Straight forward, free and active.
Coat - Short and dense, sleek and glossy
in appearance but neither woolly or silky.
Colour - Light wheaten to red wheaten. Head, body, legs and tail of uniform colour. Little white on chest and
toes permissible, but excessive white hairs here, on belly or above paws undesirable. Dark muzzle and ears permissible.
Size - Dogs 63 cm (25 ins.) desirable
minimum height at withers, 67 cm (27 ins.) desirable maximum height at withers. Bitches 61 cm (24 ins.) desirable minimum
height at withers, 66 cm (26 ins.) desirable maximum height at withers.
- Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness to with which the fault should be in exact proportion to it's degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.