GENERAL APPEARANCE:
The Rhodesian Ridgeback should represent a well balanced">
GENERAL APPEARANCE:
The Rhodesian Ridgeback should represent a well balanced, strong, muscular, agile and active dog, symmetrical in outline, and capable of great endurance with a fair amount of speed. The emphasis is on agility, elegance and soundness with no tendency towards massiveness. The peculiarity of the breed is the ridge on the back, which is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction of the rest of the coat. The ridge is the escutcheon of the breed. The ridge must be clearly defined, symmetrical and tapering towards the haunch. It must start immediately behind the shoulders and continue to the hip (haunches) bones. The ridge must contain only two crowns, identical and opposite each other. The lower edges of the crowns must not extend further down the ridge than one-third of it's length. A good average width of the ridge is 5 cm (2").

This illustration of a well-balanced Ridgeback indicates what the Standard is striving for.

 
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT:
Dignified, intelligent, aloof with strangers, but showing no aggression or shyness.