Dear Ridgeback friends,


when we held our first "International Symposium on Rhodesian Ridgback" (now known as the Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress RRWC) in Halfway House, South Africaback in 1984, notices and invitations were still sent by post. The meeting place was a communal building and there was meat from the Grill and homemade salads to eat. For each of us, about 40 participants, that was all quite normal, because it was important for us to talk and discuss the contents of the presentations.


In 1984, the program of the symposium was divided into 3 sections:


  1.      World-wide round-up; history and development of the breed.
  2.      Veterinary problems and heritable characteristics of the RR; Hip Dysplasia;                 Dermoid Sinus; temperament.
  3.      Breed clinic; breeder’s workshop; discussion of the breed standard with slides.


These core themes have been a recurrent theme throughout our congress programs for the last 35 years. And I would like to use the 10th RRWC in 2020 as an opportunity to present the results of the 1984 exercise today:

               to Section 1: To what has our breed evolved?

               to section 2: What have we achieved in respect to hereditary diseases and their                                          control?

    to section 3: What is our breeding goal nowadays and how do international                                     special breed judges interpret the standard of our breed?


In addition, we will look at the results of recent studies, such as

  • Diagnosis, Statistics, Therapies and Genetic Testing for Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME), Speaker Prof. Dr. med. Andrea Fischer, Univ. Munich
  • The study of motion by Prof. dr. Martin Fischer, Univ. Jena, with the perspective: How does the size of the RR affect its health and functionality? Which dog structure leads to the ideal sequence of movement?
  • Prof. Dr. Ottmar Distl, from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, will report on the state of genetic testing for the control of dermoid sinus. A study that has been running since 2014 and may come to a close in 2020.
  • Miss Dr. Cornelia Renczes will report on experiences and statistics on the mating of ridgeback / ridgeless ridgebacks. Is it an option to combat the DS?
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Friedrich, President of the VDH will report on the topic of the FCI discussion: "Acceptance of ridgeless Ridgebacks".

and additionally, we will hear further presentations on current topics.


But we do not just want to hear but also to see. Therefore, we will present some international, top winning dogs 'life' ans ask our international judges from different continents for their comments on the questions:

  • What comes cloeses to the standard?
  • What should the Ridgeback look like?
  • What is acceptable and what do we see critical in the evaluation on dogs?

In this section, all our participating breeders will receive valuable information for the desired breeding goal.


We kindly ask for your understanding that while we are still waiting for just a few confirmations of the above mentioned speakers, the program may still be subject to change.


And we are glad to take on other topics of interest -- the 'call for papers' hasn't closed yet (see below).




Call for Papers

Dear Ridgeback friends,


The general idea of the Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress is to socialize with peers and to exchange insights. Therefore we start off the “call for papers” i.e. an appeal to contribute presentations, lectures and reports to the world congress 2020. 


In order to share your experience as breeders, judges, veterinarians or scientists we are looking for you as speaker respectively panellists. But also exhibitors, trainer or simply fanciers are very welcome to take an active part in our discussions.   


To give you a rough idea: We ask for your experience of what is noticed in the past four decades in the development of our Ridgebacks? Whereto has the breed evolved?

  • Did this development affect health and functionality?
  • Have methods of the molecular genetic tests been helpful so far
  • … or have we left anything to chance and have simply been lucky?
  • Did our discussions on prior world congresses lead to a consistent interpretation of the standard?
  • What’s required for future breeding work?

... and so on.


We are seeking for a summary of the breeder’s work since we started our discussions in 1984 on the 1st RR World Symposium in South Africa and would highly appreciate your lively participation. 


Please send any requests or proposals to