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Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed

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HEIGHT: 65 cm
WEIGHT: 35 kg
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 13 - 15 years
CHARACTERISTICS of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog
The breed originated from what is now called Zimbabwe at the end of the XIX century. Since then it was used by the Boers for hunting, especially large game and felines.
At present it is a very popular dog in England and it is accomplished as a effective family guardian.
Its appearance defines it as a very strong and resistant dog.
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Doesn't need of special care and adapts very well to weather. What it needs, logically, is adequate exercise.
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Majestic behavior, intelligent, hesitant with strangers, without being aggressive or shy.
The Rhodesian ridgeback must be a very aplomb dog, strong, muscular agile and active, with a symmetrical silhouette.
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It has great resistance and can reach considerable speeds.
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It stands out for its agility, elegance and firmness, not being aggressive.
DESCRIPTION of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog
The peculiarity of this breed is the crease on its back, which is caused by the way the hair grows in the opposite direction than on the rest of the body. This must be clearly defined and be symmetrically, reaching the hip. It must begin directly behind the shoulders and continuo until the hip bone.
HEAD:
Must be of a specified length (the width between the ears, the distance from the occipital to the frontal-nasal depression and from there to the snout must all be equal), flat and wide between the ears; the must be free of creases when the dog is at rest.
The frontal-nasal depression must be well defined and not in a straight line from the truffle to the occipital bone.
TRUFFLE:
The truffle must be black or brown. When it's black it should be matched by dark eyes; and a brown truffle with amber ones.
SNOUT:
Must be long deep and strong.
LIPS:
The lips must be consistent well adjusted to the jaw.
BITE & TEETH
Strong jawbone, with a perfect and complete scissor like bite, meaning the upper teeth surpass slightly the lower ones and they are implanted vertically on the jaw. The teeth must be well developed especially the canines.
EYES:
They must be moderately separated; bright, round, shinny and sparkling, with an intelligent look; its color matches its coat.
EARS:
Placed fairly high, of medium size, wide at the base and gradually diminishing to wards a rounded tip. It carried them against the head.
NECK:
Must be long, strong and without a double chin.
BACK & LOIN:
Powerful back. Strong loins, muscular and arched smoothly.
CHEST:
Must be too wide, but yes very deep and with plenty of space; the chest must reach the elbows. The fore-chest must be visible when seen from the side. The ribs are moderately tight-fitting, never rounded like a drum rim.
TAIL:
Strong at the root and diminish gradually towards the tip; without being bulky. Must be of moderate length. Mustn't be placed too high or too low, must be carried upward with a slight curve, never rolled up.
FRONT EXTREMITIES:
The front extremities must be perfectly straight; strong and good boned, with the elbows close to the body. When seen from the side, the front members must be wider than when seen from the front.
SHOULDERS:
The shoulders must be inclined, compact and muscular, denoting speed.
FEET:
They must be compact and round, with well arched toes; with elastic and resistant pads protected with hair between the toes and pads.
BACK EXTREMITIES:
In the back extremities, muscles must be compact and well defined; well angled knee and strong low hocks.
MOVEMENT:
Straight forwards, free and active.
HAIR:
Must be short and dense, having a smooth and shinny appearance, without being stringy or silky.
COLOR:
From light to reddish wheat. With a little white on the chest and toes being admissible, but the excess of white hair on these parts, in the abdomen or over the toes is admissible. Dark ears and snout are allowed. In is very undesirable the excess of black hair over the entire coat.
SIZE:
The desired height for males is between 63 and 69 cm and for females, between 61 and 66 cm.
WEIGHT
The preferable weight for males is of 36 kg and for females, 32 kg.

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