|Posted on January 18, 2015 at 3:35 AM||comments (612)|
The depth of chest in a Rhodesian Ridgeback is hugely important to our breed. The rib cage hosts the heart and lungs which need good space to work in and, if necessary, for long periods of time. The chest of a Rhodesian Ridgeback should reach the elbow - and the measurement from Withers (bottom of neck) to Elbow should be exactly the same as the measurement as Elbow to Floor.
Here is the entry in the UK Breed Standard for the chest region:
"Chest not too wide, very deep and capacious, ribs moderately well sprung, never barrel ribbed. Back powerful, loins strong, muscular and slightly arched."
Demonstrating this measurement perfectly is Lana (Colkeririn Indigo Lightly at Lonaza) (Indie x Bhali) who we co-own with Jane Hawkins and John Smith. This is beautiful Lana at 18 months. Give it a try - measure her for yourself and you'll see she's spot on! (Photo Lena Piehl)