The primary aim of this code of ethics is to serve the welfare and interests of Rhodesian
Ridgebacks - as a breed and individually. In any activity involving ownership, breeding,
sale and exhibition of Rhodesian Ridgebacks, members shall act with this in mind.
All members of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain are required to adhere
to its principles.
1. The acquisition of a Rhodesian Ridgeback is to assume responsibility for it's
welfare and behaviour until it's death or transfer to a new home.
2. Concern for the animal shall always take precedence over personal gain, profit
3. A breeder shall only breed from Kennel Club registered Rhodesian Ridgebacks which
conform to the Breed Standard, are believed to be clear from hereditary defects,
are mentally and physically sound and not suffering from acute nervousness or aggressive
4. Bitches shall not be used for breeding prior to 2 years of age and shall not be
bred from on more than one occasion in any period of 12 calendar months or over the
age of 7 years. No bitch shall be expected to produce more than 3 litters OR 30 puppies,
whichever comes first, in her lifetime.
5. All puppies shall be carefully examined for dermoid sinus a few days from birth
and at least twice thereafter before leaving for new homes. Any puppy discovered
to have sinus before leaving the nest shall be humanely destroyed. When a sinus is
detected after the puppy has been sold, the breeder shall, in consultation with the
(a) agree a financial contribution towards the operation to remove the sinus and
neuter the puppy OR
(b) take the puppy back and either reimburse the owner OR undertake in writing to
supply another puppy. In this event the puppy may be humanely destroyed OR be operated
upon for the removal of the sinus and neutered. Thereafter it may be retained or
re-homed without charge. All new owners will be made aware of the facts about sinus,
it's implications for the breed and how to detect its presence.
6. Any puppy sold over the age of 12 weeks shall be inoculated and no puppy shall
leave the breeder under the age of 7 weeks. They shall be accompanied by a certificate
of pedigree, diet sheet and details of worming. All puppies sold hall be registered
with the Kennel Club.
7. Any mismarked puppies shall be described as such and sold as "not to be shown
or bred from." This shall be reflected in the price. Ridgeless puppies shall be culled
at birth ; if a breeder finds this morally impossible the puppy shall be homed, without
pedigree certificate, at rearing costs only, with an under taking that it shall be
neutered. Registration documents for all puppies referred to in this paragraph shall
be suitably endorsed.
8. Puppies shall not be sold through dealers, pet shops, "trading posts," "puppy
ranches" etc. Ideally they should be sold direct to their new homes, every effort
having been made to ascertain that the new owners have the facilities, time and commitment
to correctly raise, train, exercise and appreciate a large, active but sensitive
9. A breeder shall make every effort to find an alternative home for any stock which
subsequently needs it.
10. Stud dog owners shall satisfy themselves as to the suitability, breeding and
condition of any bitch presented to them and also as to the conditions under which
any resultant litter would be reared. If the owner of the bitch is not a member of
the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain they shall be required to indicate
that they will adhere to this Code of Ethics by signing , prior to mating, a copy
to be retained by the owner of the stud dog.
11. No member shall engage in false or misleading advertising or other falsification
of their Rhodesian Ridgebacks, nor shall they malign judges, fellow competitors,
breeders or owners by making false or misleading statements about other dogs, members'
practices or character.
Any member acting in violation of this Code may be called upon to explain their actions,
initially to the Committee. At the Committee's discretion, serious violations will
lead to the members' suspension or expulsion from the Club in accordance with the
It is recommended that:
All breeding stock be X-rayed under the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme.
All Rhodesian ridgebacks used for breeding & hip scoring should be identified by
microchip and/or DNA and/or tattoo
All puppies be sold with insurance cover.
Checks for dermoid sinus be undertaken by at least 2 competent persons i.e. experienced
breeders / veterinary surgeons with some knowledge of sinus and it's detection.
Bitches should not be bred from for the first time over the age of 4 years.
No member should breed more than 2 litters in any 12 month period.