COAT
Hair: Should be short and dense">
COAT
Hair: Should be short and dense, sleek and glossy in appearance, but neither woolly nor silky.

Colour: Light wheaten to red wheaten. A little white on the chest and toes is permissible, but excessive white hairs here, on belly, or above toes is undesirable. A dark muzzle and ears permissible, Excessive black hairs throughout the coat are highly undesirable.

There are many shades of light wheaten to red wheaten and this is best explained by an extract from the Rhodesian Ridgeback Minute book, Annual General Meeting, Item 10, March 22, 1945:

"It was decided that "wheaten" implied the colour of a ripe ear of wheat of which there were two main types, mainly white wheats and red wheats. The ear of the red wheat is usually of a fairly dark reddish brown colour while that of a white wheat os if a golden yellow or paler yellow shade. the three primary Ridgeback colours are therefore "wheaten", "red wheaten" and "fawn". Red wheaten implies bordering on a chestnut colour with lighter or darker shades in places. Given this information, it was thought that a determination as to colour should not be difficult".

This description still applies today.