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"History and Standards of the breed"

We thought you might enjoy some: History and Standards of The Rhodesian Ridgeback breed.

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a native of South Africa. Its long history dates back to the early 16th century when European settlers found a domesticated dog with the Hottentot tribe. This dog, which had a distinctive ridge of fur along its spine, was selectively bred with dogs from the European continent to develop a new breed now known as the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Hence the Rhodesian Ridgeback is the result of the efforts of hunters, breeders and dedicated people who have managed to cross dogs and get the best out of breeds like the Pointer, Greyhound, and Mastiff, amoung others.
This breed was developed to meet the wide-ranging needs of a hunting dog in Africa. The Rhodesian Ridgebacks have proved very capable of being able to withstand the rigours of the African bush and go for days without food or water while tracking lions, hoping to hold them at bay for their master, in addition to performing such diverse tasks as flushing a few wild partridges, pulling down wounded stags, or guarding the farm. While many of these traits still contribute greatly to the breed's temperament, the Ridgebacks of today are more often found in the show ring or in the home of a loving family. The Rhodesian Ridgeback makes an attentive and loyal companion that is devoted to its family.
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Health Food and Vitamins
for Rhodesian Ridgebacks:

We love our dogs and do everything in our power to keep them happy, be the healthiest possible, live their ultimate, longest life span, and keep their immune systems totally strengthened. To do this: we use superior, all natural, tried and proven vitamins! Because it is somewhat difficult to know the food you are feeding your loved one is a complete, balanced and healthy diet for each individual puppy and dog, we highly recommend supplementing your canine friend with the same superior, all natural, human-grade vitamins that we use. These have been formulated by a team of concerned veterinarians, physicians, pharmacists and nutritional scientists and are manufactured in an FDA human-grade facility. We feed these superior vitamins for the love, health and longevity of our precious friends! They will soon become your beloved dog's favorite daily treat.

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We're pet people, just like you. Your wonderful dog depends on you to make the right choices when it comes to his or her health and happiness. Our dogs are very special to us and we are committed to providing our special friends with natural foods and superior vitamins.

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Standard for the Rhodesian Ridgeback

General Appearance

Size, Proportion, Substance:

A mature Ridgeback should be symmetrical in outline, slightly longer than tall but well balanced. Dogs - 25 to 27 inches in height; Bitches - 24 to 26 inches in height. Desirable weight: Dogs - 85 pounds; Bitches - 70 pounds. Though this is the standard, many champions are much larger than these. The Ridgeback represents a strong, muscular and active dog, symmetrical and balanced in outline. A mature Ridgeback is a handsome, upstanding and athletic dog, capable of great endurance with a good amount of speed. Of even, dignified temperament, the muscular Ridgeback is devoted and affectionate to his or her master, and generally reserved with strangers. The peculiarity of this breed is the ridge on the back. The unique ridge must be regarded as the characteristic feature of the breed.


Should be of fair length, the skull flat and rather broad between the ears. The Eyes should be moderately well apart and should be round, bright and sparkling with intelligent expression, their color harmonizing with the color of the dog. The Ears should be set rather high, of medium size, rather wide at the base and tapering to a rounded point. They should be carried close to the head. Sometimes the ears will be taped down when the puppy is young to assure the look of closeness to the head. Muzzle-should be long, deep and powerful. The lips clean, closely fitting the jaws. The Nose should be black, brown or liver, in keeping with the color of the dog. No other colored nose is permissible. A black nose should be accompanied by dark eyes, a brown or liver nose with amber eyes. The Bite-jaws level and strong with well-developed teeth, especially the canines or holders. Scissors bite preferred.


Should be short, dense, sleek and glossy in appearance.

Neck, Topline, Body

The neck should be fairly strong and free from throatiness. The chest should not be too wide, but very deep and capacious, ribs moderately well sprung, never rounded like barrel hoops. The back is powerful and firm with strong loins which are muscular and slightly arched. The tail should be strong at the insertion and tapering towards the end. It should be carried with a slight curve upwards.


The shoulders should be sloping, clean and muscular, denoting speed. Elbows close to the body. The forelegs should be perfectly straight, strong, and heavy in bone. The feet should be compact with well-arched toes, round, tough, elastic pads, protected by hair between the toes and pads. Dewclaws are usually removed.


In the hind legs, the muscles should be clean, well defined and hocks well down. Feet as in front.


Light wheaten, wheaten, and red wheaten. There are many shade variations within each color. A little white on the chest and toes permissible. Brown nose and black nose.


The hallmark of this 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 must be regarded as the characteristic feature of the breed. The ridge should be clearly defined, tapering and symmetrical. It should start immediately behind the shoulders and continue to a point between the prominence of the hips and should contain two identical crowns (whorls of hair) directly opposite each other. The lower edge of the crowns (whorls of hair) should not extend further down the ridge than one third of the ridge.


Dignified and even tempered. Reserved with strangers. People and animal friendly. A very happy breed of dog.