Description of the Ridgeback (lion dog)

The peculiarity 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. This ridge, which must be regarded as the escutcheon of the breed, is broad behind the shoulders
and tapers off towards the root of the tail. It should be clearly defined and start immediately behind the shoulders and
continue up to or over the lion. In shape it resembles a fiddle with thw string towards the tail.
A dog without a clearly defined ridge is not recognized as belonging to this breed.CCF28082010_00000

In general appearance the Ridgeback should represent a strong, muscular and active dog, symmetrical in outline and capable of great endurance with a fair amount of speed.
The head should be of fair length, the skull flat and rather broad between the ears and should be free from wrinkle. The stop should be defined and not in one straight line from the nose to the occiput as required in a Bull Terrier.

The muzzle should be long, deep and powerful. jaws level and strong with well developed teeht, especially the canines or
holders. The lips clean, close fitting the jaws.
The eyes should be moderately well apart and should be round, bright and sparkling, whith intelligent expression.
their colour harmonising whith the colour of the dog.
The ears should be set on rather high, of medium size, rather wide at the base and gradually tapering to a rounded point.
They should be carried close to the head.

The nose should be black but a lighter colour is admissible if it is in keeping with the colour of the dog.
A spotted nose is incorrect, but is not a disqualification. The neck and shoulders:
The neck should be faily long, strong and entiely free from throatiness. The shoulders should be sloping, clean and muscular denoting speed.

The body, back, chest and lion: The chest should not be too wide, but very deep and capacious, ribs moderately well sprung,
never rounded like barrel hoops (which would indicate want of speed) ; the back powerful; and loins strong, muscular
and slightly arched.foto oude type RR

Legs and feet: The fore legs should be perfectly straight strong and heavy in bone, elbows close to the body. Fore feet round, compact, with well arched toes, round tugh elastic pads, protected by hear between the toes and pads.In the hind legs the muscles should be clean though well difind and the hocks well let down.

The tail should not be to strong; strong at the insertion but grandually tapering towards the end, free from coarseness. It should not be insertion to low down but carried whit slight curve upwards and never curled. A short tail is a blemish, but not a disqualification.

The coat should be short, hard , dense and fine, sleek and glossy in appearance, but neither wolly or silky.
Colors: brindle, fawn, sable, whole colours or mixed whit white.
Size: up to 28 inches. (71, 12 CM)
Weight: up to 80 lbs. (36.287 KG)

Deze rasstandaard heb ik uit het boek: RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK DER LOWENHUND AFRIKAS van: P. Obschernicat.

Deze oude foto’s heb ik ooit ergens een keer gekocht en nu hier voor gebruikt, ze zijn uit 1934,
De bovenste foto gaat om 3 nest genoten ze zijn hier negen maanden oud en gefokt door Mr. C.J.HAMILTON.
Naam van de honden Utisha, Ubule en Ulanka of the Heightfinden.
De onderste foto is de teef Utisha of the Heightfinden maar dan alleen op de foto….. (Photos R. Robinson)

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