Country of Origin: Rhodesia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Height: 61–66 cm, Male: 63–69 cm
Weight: Female: 29–34 kg, Male: 36–41 kg
Color: Red Wheaten, Light Wheaten, Wheaten
Life Expectancy: 10 – 13 years
Temperament: Mischievous, Strong Willed, Loyal, Dignified, Sensitive, Intelligent
Litter Size: 4 - 9 puppies
Health Problems: Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a hardy breed, able to withstand dramatic changes of temperature, however they are susceptible to hip dysplasia, dermoid sinus and cysts. Also prone to mast cell tumors.
Brief info: The breed standard of the Rhodesian Ridgeback was drawn up in South Africa in 1922, since when there have been only minor changes.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large, handsome, muscular hound. Its name describes its most unique characteristic, a clearly defined symmetrical ridge running the length of its back, formed by hair that grows in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat.
The short, sleek coat comes in light to dark wheaten, sometimes with small white markings on the chest and feet. The head is long, the skull is flat and broad with extremely powerful muzzle and jaw.
Ridgebacks have well developed teeth, and a marked stop. The bright, sparkling eyes are round with an intelligent expression. The nose color should be either black or brown, depending on the color of the coat. The front legs should be very straight and strong, with heavy bone. The strong tapered tail is fairly long and curves slightly upward.