About Ridgebacks


Origins of the breed

In the late 1800s, The Reverend Charles Daniel Helm brought two dogs to his mission at Hope Fountain near Bulawayo, in south-west Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). These two bitches were to become the foundation of the Rhodesian Ridgeback of today. > more

The breed standard

The original standard 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. We detail here the version supported by KUSA and the FCI 10/12/96.

Advisory notices

These notices consist of very concise recommendations covering various important matters we felt had to be dealt with to assist the novice breeder without covering the matter in full detail.

General Info about the Rhodesian Ridgeback

Information on their role as working dogs, their characteristics, intelligence and personality, showing them, training, Dermoid Sinus and more ...

KUSA Information

Find more information about the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) at its web site.

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