Are there black Rhodesian Ridgebacks?

Answered by James Kissner

There are black Rhodesian Ridgebacks, although they are quite rare. The standard coat colors for Rhodesian Ridgebacks range from light wheaten to shades of red. These colors can vary from a pale cream to a deep reddish-brown. Occasionally, you may also see some white markings on the chest and toes of a Ridgeback.

However, it is important to note that purebred black Rhodesian Ridgebacks do exist, but they are not commonly seen. The black coloration in Ridgebacks is considered a deviation from the breed standard, which is why it is less prevalent.

In my experience as a dog enthusiast, I have come across a few black Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and they are truly striking and unique. Their solid black coat sets them apart from the more common wheaten and red Ridgebacks. It’s fascinating to see how the characteristic ridge along their back stands out against the black fur.

While black Ridgebacks may not conform to the traditional expectations of the breed, they are still considered purebred if both parents are registered Rhodesian Ridgebacks. The black color is simply a result of certain recessive genes being passed down through generations.

It is worth mentioning that the rarity of black Ridgebacks can make them highly sought after by some individuals who desire a more unusual and distinctive color in their Rhodesian Ridgeback. However, it is important for potential owners to prioritize the breed’s temperament, health, and overall suitability as a companion rather than solely focusing on coat color.

To summarize, black Rhodesian Ridgebacks do exist, but they are not commonly seen. The breed standard primarily includes wheaten to red coat colors, with occasional white markings. However, the occasional occurrence of black Ridgebacks adds diversity to the breed, making them even more unique and captivating.