The Rhodesian Ridgeback is known to be a relatively healthy breed. However, there are a number of breed-specific disorders. In addition, there are also known diseases in the Rhodesian Ridgeback that are not breed specific.
Breeders within the RRCN confirm to the VFR (association breeding regulations). This means, among other things, that the parent animals are tested for HD, ED and JME before being used for breeding. There are also research options for a number of other disorders, but these are either not yet conclusive, depend on several factors or occur to a (very) limited extent. It is up to the breeder to decide whether or not to conduct further research.
The RRCN aims to produce healthy Rhodesian Ridgebacks, which means that the VFR is subject to changing views. Conditions that should not be tested for now can therefore be included in the VFR in the future.
Puppies born within the RRCN get a human check of the litter inventory at the breeder's home. This means that every puppy gets his/her own report on which, in addition to appearance, a number of health aspects are also assessed, including
- Dermoïd Sinus
- bony deformity of the tail
- umbilical hernia
Whether or not it is present is noted for each condition. This inventory is available to the puppy buyer and a copy will accompany the puppy to the new owner. This approach gives a puppy buyer more certainty and/or openness about some important aspects before purchase. Pups born outside the association will not receive a nest inventory. It therefore regularly happens that during the first visit to the own vet or even at a later age, abnormalities are found and require treatment.