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[VIDEO] What Does a Rhodesian Ridgeback Look Like?

Not all Rhodesian Ridgebacks are created equal, and that’s a good thing. One of my favorite parts about the breed is it’s diverse genetic history and how it plays out with different pups. I get a lot of questions asking about what a Ridgeback should look like, so today’s video covers some of the common and not-so-common variations in the breed.

Special thanks to Mary (Zero’s breeder), the extended Vyrtuous Ridgeback family and the members of RRCUS who donated a lot of the media for this video.

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Wow, what a great video (and blog) in both content and appearance! I’ve read a number of entries in this sitting and greatly appreciate the work you do, and in particular find your article defending breeding insightful and dangerous to dog park political ignora-drama ūüėČ I am moved to comment particularly because the information you gave at the end of the video about the Black and Tan RR may have illuminated the answer to the mystery that has been bugging me for two years now: why my Brittany/RR cross is black with tan markings instead of being a lighter brownish mix that the parentage would seem to create. Well, when I adopted her, I met the mother, but not the father, and in fact didn’t even believe them when they told me she was half RR because of her coloring – I was convinced she was actually Rottweiler or GSD and that I was lied to – until her ridge started showing (because she is not pure RR the ridge DID take time, and doesn’t show 24/7, only when she is playing, on alert, or otherwise excited). Now I now that her coloring may have come from a B&T father! It definitely explains her coat appearance. Thanks for the revelation! Cheers!

Thanks for the kind words, glad you like the blog! I only recently learned about B&T Ridgebacks myself, so I’m hoping to meet one in person one day.

Thanks for the great videos and photos! I follow you on instagram all the way from the home of the Ridgeback, South Africa.

Our little pup, Thandi, is now 9 months old and crazy as you can imagine.

I would just like to confirm what you said with regards to the ridge not getting more prominent as they grow. Advise to any prospective RR owner, get the pup with the best defined ridge with 2 crowns either side of the ridge. Always check that the ridge is not connected through the skin to the spinal cord. You should be able to pinch the skin between you fingers all the way along the ridge and “lift” it away from the spinal cord.

Keep the videos and stories coming, my wife and I love them and we even show the videos to Thandi and Rupert our Jack Russell terrier.

Thanks for all the kind words! Every responsible breeder will screen for dermoid sinus multiple times, but I agree it’s important thing for owners to be aware of the issue as well. During your first puppy appointment your vet should also do additional screening to confirm.

Love that you captured all the different markings. You captured the temperament as well! Love my RR to the moon and back … and he will gleefully race me both ways!

Great video, as usual! It really is amazing the breeds variations. How big do you expect Zero to get? Also, what are your thoughts on neutering as it relates to growth? My Niko was intact until he was a little older than 2 years. While researching, I would always come across conflicting info. Either way, Niko is about 100 pounds, but looks nowhere near it, his body conforms to that of a healthy RR. I have no idea if his height and weight are in any way related to the length of time he was intact. Will, what is you opinion and experience?

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