The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of QLD officially came into being as a social club on the 17 December 1977.

In 1991, the RRCQ became an incorporated body with the QLD Department of Justice and Corrective Services, while a drive to see increased numbers supporting Open and Championship Shows resulted in the then Canine Control Council of Qld (now T/As DogsQueensland) granting affiliation in 1993. Since affiliation the Club is authorised to hold RR Specialty shows and to affiliate with the National Rhodesian Ridgeback Council (NRRC) allowing our members to have a voice within Queensland, Australia and the world.
Since its inception, the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Qld Inc. has strived to protect and promote our chosen breed in Queensland.

  • Rescue has been an important focus for the Club for over 30 years however, its formalisation into a sub-committee has seen RRCQ Inc Rescue become a major force throughout Australia actively assisting dogs requiring new homes.
  • The Club promotes the breed holding two specialty conformation shows a year (a Championship Show in June and an Open Show in September) and also participating in pet expos and charity events.
  • The Ridgie Rave newsletter is also a vehicle for promotion of the breed and support for all members activities – including conformation showing, obedience, agility, tracking, lure coursing, endurance trialling, jumping and simply owning a Ridgie.
  • The Club tries to hold educational fun-days throughout the year, welcoming all to the days that consist of educational sessions on health and other topics of interest, as well as great games that our four legged friends relish.

The Club welcomes all members new and old to actively participate and contribute to our wonderful Club to further our aims in protection and promotion of the breed we love.

Please do not hesitate to contact
any member of the committee,
all of whom are always willing to
assist with any enquiries.



The Rhodesian Ridgeback is presently the only registered breed indigenous to Southern Africa.  The original function of the RR or Lion Dog was to track game, especially Lions and with great agility, keep it at bay until the arrival of the hunter.  They were crossed with the early pioneer dogs and the semi-domesticated, ridged Hottentot hunting dogs.  The Hottentot Hunting Dog had a ridge of hair along its spine running in a reverse direction to the rest of the coat.


The Rhodesian Ridgeback should represent a well balanced, deep chested strong muscular, agile and active dog capable of endurance and a fair amount of speed. The Ridgeback is an eye catching dog with a rare combination of elegance and substance with no tendency towards massiveness. The peculiarity of the breed is the ridge on the back which is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat and two crowns (whorls) placed opposite of each other. Hair is short and dense. Colours are light wheaten to red wheaten. They can have a black nose, or brown nose (which usually has an amber eye colour).


  • Grooming Needs: RR is a short coated dog that requires little grooming, a regular brush is all that is required.
  • Coat Type: Short coat.
  • Moulting: RR shed little hair if they are brushed regularly. They have a slight seasonal moult.
  • Exercise Needs: Running and long walks should be limited until they are 12 months of age. They are active and will require activity to burn energy.
  • Average Life Span: 10 – 12 years.


  • Family: An active family that will be firm and consistent in all aspects of the RR’s life.
  • Temperament: Intelligent, aloof with strangers, but never shy or aggressive.
  • Trainability: Initial and consistent training is required. They do not respond well to harsh methods. They will learn well if treated with respect.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): As they are an aloof breed, exposing them to all types of situations at an early age will make the transition to having a great, well rounded dog much easier.
  • Barking: Low tendency – RR’s only bark when it is necessary.


To stare at you with their big brown eyes, guaranteed to get what they want. Run all day or sleep all day.


First and foremost they are a family companion dog, they do not fare well being left outside and not being part of the pack.  Any dog will become destructive if they are bored.

Stand Number: B186