Warning:

Once you have owned a
Rhodesian Ridgeback you
Will never be satisfied with
anything less
 
                                                                                T.C Harwely

       Rhodesian ridgeback

Rhodesian ridgeback
Alternativa namn
Afrikansk lejonhund
Vanliga smeknamn
RR, Ridgeback, Ridge
Ursprungsland
Sydafrika
Rasgrupp
SKK: Drivande hundar samt sök- och spårhundar
FCI: Group 6 Section 3
 
Rasstandard (extern länk)
Rasstandard
Övrigt
Specialklubb

Rhodesian Ridgeback är den enda hundrasen som räknar Sydafrika som hemland. Aveln började i Kapkolonin i Sydafrika, och den ursprungliga standarden skrevs 1922 av F. R. Barnes i Bulawayo, Rhodesia(nuvarande Zimbabwe) och baserades på dalmatinerstandarden.

Rasen räknas som jakthund och i ursprungslandet sägs den ha använts förr vid lejonjakt genom att flera hundar ställde lejonet till dess att jägaren fick skott på det.

Den huvudsakliga användningen av rasen i Sverige idag är sällskapshund och vakthund. Många används också inom jakt och de är duktiga spårhundar. Vissa hundar tränas i löpgrenar som exempelvis lure coursing då de är mycket smidiga och uthålliga.

Rhodesian Ridgebacken är den enda hund som är framavlad speciellt för bushmarkerna i Afrika. Den är ovanligt muskulös och substansfull men ändå ett atletiskt och smidigt djur med en ljus till mörk vetefärgad päls som smälter in i vegetationen utan att synas. Med en framtoning likt ett lejon. Detta kamouflage gör att man lätt tappar Ridgebacken ur sin åsyn just i det höga djungelgräset.

Framavlad ur den gamla Steek (prickig) och Vuilbaard (smutsigt skägg) så har de nuvarande Afrikanska Ridgebackarna mycket kvar av "de gamlas" sätt. Men kanske intressantast av allt, Ridgebacken bär fortfarande den unika hårridgen på ryggen, ett arv från de tuffa små Khoi-Khoi-hundarna som blev avlade med de europeiska mastifferna och blodhundarna för att till sist ta fram Steek och Vuilbaarden.

Mankhöjd: Önskvärd mankhöjd för hanhund är 63-69 cm och för tik 61-66 cm.

Vikt: Vikten ligger på mellan 36,5 kilogram (hanhund) och 32 kilogram (tikar).

Rasstandarden tillåter två typer av pigment hos Rhodesian Ridgebacken. Den svartnosade och den levernosade. Den svarta färgen är dominerande gentemot leverpigmentet så ifall endera av föräldrarna bär på gener för svartnos och den andra föräldern bär gener för levernos är det vanligaste att valparna föds som svartnosar men de bär ändå på levernosgener.

Källa: Wikipedia
 
 
 
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 10.12.1996.

UTILIZATION : The Rhodesian Ridgeback is still used to hunt game in many parts of the world, but is especially prized as watch-dog and family pet.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 3 Related breeds.
Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Rhodesian Ridgeback is presently the only registered breed indigenous to southern Africa. Its forbears can be traced to the Cape Colony of Southern Africa, where they crossed with the early pioneer’s dogs and the semi-domesticated, ridged Hottentot hunting dogs. Hunting mainly in groups of two or three, the original function of the Rhodesian Ridgeback or Lion dog was to track game, especially lion, and, with great agility, keep it at bay until the arrival of the hunter.
The original standard, which was drafted by F.R.Barnes, in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, in 1922, was based on that of the Dalmatian and was approved by the South African Kennel Union in 1926.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Rhodesian Ridgeback should represent a well balanced, strong, muscular, agile and active dog, symmetrical in outline, and capable of great endurance with a fair amount of speed. The emphasis is on kumbasiagility, elegance and soundness with no tendency towards massiveness. The peculiarity of the 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 is the escutcheon of the breed. The ridge must be clearly defined, symmetrical and tapering towards the haunch. It must start immediately behind the shoulders and continue to the hip (haunches) bones. The ridge must contain only two crowns, identical and opposite each other. The lower edges of the crowns must not extend further down the ridge than one-third of its length. A good average width of the ridge is 5cm (2”).

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Dignified, intelligent, aloof with strangers, but showing no aggression or shyness.

HEAD


CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Should be of a hair length (width of head between ears, distance from occiput to stop, stop to end of nose, should be equal), flat and broad between the ears; the head should be free from wrinkles when in repose.
Stop : The stop should be reasonably well defined and not in one straight line from the nose to the occipital bone.

FACIAL REGION :
Nose : The nose should be black or brown. A black nose should be accompanied by dark eyes, a brown nose by amber eyes.
Muzzle : The muzzle should be long, deep and powerful.
Lips : The lips should be clean, closely fitting the jaws.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong, with a perfect and complete scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. The teeth must be well developed, especially the canines or holders.
Cheeks : Cheeks should be clean.
Eyes : Should be moderately well apart, round, bright and sparkling, with intelligent expression, their colour harmonising with the colour of the coat.
Ears : Should be set rather high, of medium size, rather wide at base, and gradually tapering to a rounded point. They should be carried close to the head.

NECK : Should be fairly long, strong and free from throatiness.

BODY :

Back : Powerful
Loins: Strong, muscular and slightly arched.
Chest : Should not be too wide, but very deep and capacious; the brisket should reach to the elbow. Forechest should be visible when viewed from the side. Ribs moderately well sprung, never rounded like barrel-hoops.
TAIL : Should be strong at the root and gradually tapering towards the end, free form coarseness. It should be of moderate length. It should not be attached too high nor too low, and should be carried with a slight curve upwards, never curled.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS : The forelegs should be perfectly straight, strong and well boned, with the elbows close to the body. When viewed from the side, the forelegs should be wider than viewed from the front.
Shoulders : The shoulders should be sloping, clean and muscular.
Pastern : Should be strong with light spring.

HINDQUARTERS : In the hind legs the muscles should be clean and well defined.

Stifle : Good turn of stifle.
Hock : Strong, well let down.

FEET : The feet should be compact and round, with well arched toes and tough, elastic pads, protected by hair between the toes and pads.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Straight forward, free and active.

COAT

HAIR : Should be short and dense, sleek and glossy in appearance, but neither woolly nor silky.

COLOUR : Light wheaten to red wheaten. A little white on the chest and toes is permissible, but excessive white hairs here, on belly, or above toes is undesirable. A dark muzzle and ears permissible. Excessive black hairs throughout the coat are highly undesirable.

SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at withers : Dogs : 63-69 cm (25” -27”).
Bitches : 61-66 cm (24” -26”).
Weight : Dogs : 36,5 kg (80 lbs).
Bitches : 32 kg (70 lbs).

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
 
 Några bilder från "Handbook of the Rhodesian Ridgeback club"
        (The parent Club -founded 1922)
Whit hope that it will be given careful study by all judges, breeders and fanciers ,thus eliminating the diversity of concepts of the standard that are currently so widespread.
The parent club's interpretation of the standard General appearance. The illustration of a well-balanced Ridgeback indicates what the Standard is striving for.
 
Handbok om RR