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Rhodesian Ridgeback Standard
F.C.I. Standard No 146 dated 10/12/96
Adopted in Australia 1/1/98 Origin: Southern Africa
Standard supplied by Kennel Union of Southern Africa and Zimbabwe Kennel Club


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

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. Pasterns should be strong with slight spring. 
Shoulders - Should be sloping, clean and muscular, denoting speed. 

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. 

HINDQUARTERS - In the hind legs the muscles should be clean and well defined with good turn of stifle and strong hocks well let down. 

FEET - Should be compact and round with well arched toes and tough, elastic pads, protected by hair between the toes and pads. 

TAIL - Should be strong at the root and gradually tapering towards the end, free from 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. 


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