Members of The Rhodesian
Ridgeback Club of Canada (the “Club”) have an obligation to
the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed to preserve and improve the breed without
exploiting it. Members also owe an obligation to current and future
Club members, and others interested in the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed,
to supply factual information without misrepresentation.
An ethical owner is an active member of their breed club(s), as well as
a promoter of their breed through activities such as conformation,
obedience and other canine sports.
All members of the RRCC will make a conscious effort to represent the
breed in a positive manner. They will not engage in the
misrepresentation of the breed nor intentionally make misleading or
false comments against fellow owners, breeders, exhibitors, or against
the RRCC, the CKC or its members.
All members of the RRCC are obligated to maintain the health and
well-being of their dog(s), including but not limited to; the provision
of regular veterinary visits, adequate food and water, proper
housing/shelter, appropriate age/health related exercise, training and
socialization. When it has been deemed necessary to end their
dog's life, owners will ensure that this is performed in a humane
fashion by a veterinarian.
As education is a core value to the RRCC, members of RRCC are expected
to provide prospective owners (and the public at large) with
information about the pros and cons of this breed. Provision of
such honest and unbiased information about Rhodesian Ridgebacks (RR)
will help to ensure that prospective owners can make informed decisions
as to the appropriateness of including a RR in their family.
Anyone breeding a RR (bitch or stud dog owner) will ensure that all the
puppies are registered with the CKC (or recognized equivalent in their
country of residence). Per CKC regulations, all puppies must be
permanently identified (by microchip or tattoo) prior to leaving the
breeders premises. Breeders shall provide a written contract that
outlines the expectations and responsibilities of all parties involved,
and the breeder will provide ongoing support to owners.
Anyone breeding a RR (bitch or stud dog owner) is responsible for all
of the progeny for the lifetime of every animal. Should the
situation arise that a RR enters rescue or is in need of re-homing, the
breeder of that dog must either take the dog back or assist the owner
in rehoming the dog. Should the breeder be unable or unwilling to
take the dog back or is unable to assist in the care and placement of
the dog, the owner of the stud dog is expected to assume
responsibility. If a RR bred by any RRCC member enters rescue due
to the fact that the breeder is unwilling or unable to take the dog
back, the breeder should reimburse rescue for all costs incurred during
the rehoming of the dog.
No ethical breeder will put puppies on generic web classifieds for the
sole purpose of immediate sale or knowingly sell their puppies to a
commercial distributor (e.g., pet store or dog broker), nor allow a dog
or puppy to be given away as a prize. They will not engage in
overbreeding, nor will they engage in or encourage breeding merely as a
source of income or profit. An ethical breeder will encourage
puppy buyers to spay or neuter their pets by educating owners about the
health benefits of sterilization and will sell pet quality puppies with
a non-breeding registration. All puppies shall be sold under a
contract that stipulates the breeder’s expectations regarding the
care and rearing of the puppy and which includes a return to breeder
Anyone breeding RRs (bitch or stud dog owner) will use purebred
Rhodesian Ridgebacks only and will neither breed nor sell a Rhodesian
Ridgeback that cannot be registered with the CKC. They will only
use animals that are healthy and are certified free of the following
heritable diseases: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, thyroid disease
(only valid for 1 year from date of test), cardiac disease and
degenerative myelopathy (DM). It is highly recommended that all dogs
and bitches that will be bred be tested for the presence of eye
diseases- CERF (when available). Breeders should only breed a known DM
carrier to a DM certified clear dog or bitch. Anyone who claims that
their dogs are free of certain diseases, must (when requested) provide
written proof showing the up to date/current disease free certification.
An ethical person will not breed a dog or a bitch before the age of 24
months, and prior to it being certified healthy and free of the
heritable diseases identified in section 8. Bitches must not be
bred on their first heat cycle. While it is recommended that a
bitch not have two litters within a rolling twelve month calendar
period, such back-to-back litters may be undertaken only with the
approval of the breeder’s veterinarian. If such a
breeding is undertaken and a bitch has litters from successive heat
cycles, she must not be bred on the next heat cycle. When
breeding a bitch that is seven years old or older, additional
precautions should be taken including (but not limited to) a
written veterinary consultation.
breeding a RR will select breeding stock that conforms to the approved
CKC breed standard to the highest possible degree, will have a sound
understanding of inheritable traits/diseases and will only breed
animals that are free of disease and which have sound
temperaments. They will not breed animals with defects that may
cause pain and suffering to them or their offspring (e.g.,
over/undershot jaw, dermoid sinus, DM), and will not breed a dog that
is in gross disregard of the Canadian breed standard (e.g., single
descended testicle in dog, ridgeless). It is recommended strongly that
both of the breeding pair should have their Champion
designation. An ethical stud dog/bitch owner will not breed
their dog/bitch to bitches/dogs that do not comply with this COE.
Breeders will not knowingly misrepresent their puppy's potential nor
place any puppy prior to 8 weeks of age. All puppies must be
examined by a veterinarian prior to placement and a record of that vet
check (along with its worming and inoculation record) must accompany
the puppy at placement. Any puppy that is found to have a dermoid
sinus (DS) should either have the DS surgically removed at the expense
of the breeder or, if the DS represents a significant health risk to
the puppy, be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. The breeder
maintains financial responsibility for removal of the DS regardless of
when it is discovered (i.e., pre or post placement). .
Code of Conduct (COC) for the Rhodesian Ridgeback
Club of Canada (RRCC) (2012)
of Conduct (COC)
Members of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Canada (RRCC)
Code of Conduct has been developed to set out expectations of conduct
Members. This policy is adopted in part with the kind permission of the
Kennel Club and C Waller Orlandi, Ph.D
to any individual in good standing with the RRCC. Members agree
to abide by the COC and
further respect the RRCC and
the CKC bylaws, rules regulations and policies.
Self-discipline: A Member recognizes
that self-discipline is at the heart of what you do and how you do it.
Member has a fundamental obligation to
act honestly and
with integrity at all times.
the standard of behavior which is expected of all Members.
shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the
principles and ethical standards set out in the RRCC Code of Ethics
shall display good sportsmanship (see: Sportsmanship and
by Claudia Waller
shall respect one another, as everyone has the right to be
treated fairly, with decency and respect.
welcome, encourage and support newcomers to the sport.
will refrain from embarrassing the sport, RRCC or
themselves in person or by the use of Social Media (see: Use of
attached Sportsmanship and Etiquette1
and the Use of Social Media2 policy are presented as guidance and are not
intended to be enforceable. Members tend to use social media to discuss
hobby and sometimes do not do so in the most appropriate terms. The
RRCC has no
remit to intervene and shall not enforce
The Best Out of The Sport of Dogs
Claudia Waller Orlandi, PhD.
with any activity which gives enjoyment or recreation, the
breeding and showing of dogs is a sport. In the competitive world of
dog fancy, your success as a breeder or handler will be greatly
only by the quality of dogs you produce and show but also by the
others have of you as a sportsman and ambassador of your breed.
defines sportsmanship as “qualities
and behavior befitting a person who can take loss or defeat without
or without gloating, and who treats his opponents with fairness,
courtesy, etc ...” Simply
put, sportsmanship is another
word for good manners. In the world of dogs, rules of etiquette apply
judge as well as to your fellow breeders and exhibitors.
in the Ring
sports, from football to tennis to showing dogs, have
of behavior and certain codes of sportsmanship which need to be learned
“players.” Some of these are simply elements of common
courtesy, others relate
specifically to “how the game is played.”
Towards Fellow Breeders and Exhibitors Outside the
in the sport of dogs can lead to the formation of
lifetime friendships. Unfortunately, the reverse may also be true.
some validity to the saying: “You will learn who your friends are
really start winning.” Good friends are sincerely happy for your
guidelines of etiquette outside the ring:
if you feel you had the best dog but still lost, congratulate
the winner. Remember, the exhibitor does not point the finger!
someone does not necessarily mean you love his dog. It is saying you
can be a
a day when the loss was particularly disappointing, it may take
20 minutes or so to collect your feelings! Once you’ve got things
control, go back to the ring, watch the rest of the judging, and if you
already done so, congratulate the day’s winners. If possible,
cheer your breed
on in the group, regardless of who owns the dog.
stand ringside and bad mouth the dogs or the judging.
Chances are, people within earshot may own one of the dogs or a
or family may be nearby. Any comments about the day’s activity
are best saved
for the ride home.
days when you do win, don’t gloat! Be modest and remember there
are people who didn’t win. Don’t brag about the virtues of
you win, don’t declare the judge a genius. If you lose, never
tell the winner you think the judge did a bad job.
that your entry fee entitled you to an opinion from a
judge. If you don’t like what he/she did simply don’t show
to that judge again.
have long felt that there exists a positive correlation between
kennel blindness and sportsmanship in that the more kennel blind one is
more likely he/she may be to displays of poor sportsmanship. Kennel
is a kind of “disease” which renders a breeder or exhibitor
incapable of seeing
the faults in his own dogs. These individuals are characterized by the
following “symptoms”: (a) an inability to see and
appreciate the good qualities
in a competitor’s dog; (b) a belief that they have bred the
“perfect” dog; and
(c) a tendency to blame not winning on bad judging, politics or
the fact that there may be something wrong with their dog (Orlandi). On
when your dog does not “get the nod,” any or all of these
traits may precipitate
displays of poor sportsmanship in and out of the ring.
Final Thoughts On the Psychology of Competition
defines a competitor as “a rival: one
who endeavors to obtain what another seeks; one who strives for
superiority.” Research in
the field of social
psychology suggests that individuals engage in competition for 3
it may be unavoidable because the desired goal cannot be shared; (2)
activity of competing is exciting and fun; and (3) competition may be a
form of social comparison in which we
can compare ourselves with others
and learn about our own traits and capabilities (Baron and Bryne). In
of dogs, most breeders and exhibitors probably fall into all three of
competing with others provides new information about ourselves,
it benefits each of us to closely examine our reactions to winning and
Our displays of good or poor sportsmanship as well as our knowledge of
rules of etiquette, shape the perceptions others form of us, our dogs
breed. Episodes of poor sportsmanship on the part of handlers for
not only their own reputation but also that of the dogs they are
because these animals are on the ends of the lead.
true sport of dogs goes far beyond the competition of the dog
show to include our interaction with fellow breeders, the people we
the new owners of puppies we place. What we convey through
common courtesy and fair play can greatly affect not only how many
attract to our breed but also how much we get back from our sport.
Winning Edge: Show Ring Secrets. New York, Howell.
Psychology: Understanding Human Interaction. Boston: Allyn and Bacon,
and Forsyth, J. 1989.
The Forsyth Guide to Successful Dog Showing. New York, Howell.
Secrets of Show Dog Handline. New York, Arco.
blindness” Tally-Ho (July-Aug). 12-13
of Social Media
This policy is reprinted June 16, 2012 with the kind
from the Kennel Club, UK
The rapid growth of social media technologies combined
ease of use and pervasiveness make them attractive channels of
However, these tools also hold the possibility of a host of unintended
consequences. To help you identify and avoid potential issues we have
some examples of the best practices which are intended to help you
from a wide range of perspectives, the implications of participation in
Do not post confidential or proprietary information. Do
discuss a situation involving named or pictured individuals on a social
site without their permission. As a guideline, do not post anything
would not present in any public forum. Ask yourself, would I want to
published in the newspaper or posted on a billboard tomorrow or ten
Does it Pass the Publicity Test
If the content of your message would not be acceptable
face-to-face conversation, over the telephone, or in another medium, it
not be acceptable for a social networking site.
Think Before You Post
There’s no such thing as a “private”
social media site. Search
engines can turn up posts and pictures years after the publication
Comments can be forwarded or copied. Archival systems save information
you delete a post. If you feel angry or passionate about a subject,
it’s wise to
delay posting until you are calm and clear-headed.
Understand Your Personal Responsibility
You are personally responsible for the content you
blogs or any other form or user-generated content. Be mindful that what
publish will be public for a long time—protect your privacy.
Be Aware of Liability
You are responsible for what you post on your own site
and on the
sites of others. Individual bloggers have been held liable for
deemed to be copyright infringement, defamatory, proprietary, libelous
obscene (as defined by the courts). Be sure that what you post today
come back to haunt you.
Make sure that you have all the facts before you post.
to verify information with a source first than to have to post a
If you make a mistake, admit it. Be upfront and be quick
correction. If you’re posting to a blog, you may choose to modify
post—just make it clear that you have done so.
You are more likely to achieve your goals or sway others
beliefs if you are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad
experience or disagreeing with a concept or person.
Respect Your Audience
Don’t use personal insults, obscenity; also show
consideration for others’ privacy and for topics that may be
sensitive. Users are free to discuss topics and disagree with one
be respectful of others’ opinions. You are more likely to achieve
your goals if
you are constructive and respectful while discussing a bad experience
disagreeing with a concept or person.
Take the High Ground
Remember that you’re most likely to build a
if you discuss ideas and situations civilly. Don’t pick fights