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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Breed Standard for the Rhodesian Ridgeback

General Appearance:

Slightly longer than tall, the Ridgeback combines features of speed, power, and endurance.


Round eyes; flat skull, rather broad between ears; high-set ears of medium size


Tapering tail, carried with a slight curve


Light wheaten to red wheaten; nose can be black, brown or liver


Weight: Male 85 lbs; Female 70 lbs

Height: Male 25 – 27”; Female 24 – 26”


Not only is it a keen and versatile hunter, but it is a loyal guardian. It is good with children, especially protective of those in its family, but it is sometimes overly boisterous in play for small children.

Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback