Rhodesian Ridgeback Question

Do all Rhodesian Ridgeback's with "ridges" potential have the dermoid sinus disease?

Do all Rhodesian Ridgeback's with "ridges" potential have the dermoid sinus disease?

    In Rhodesian Ridgeback - Asked by Anonymous - 8/12/2011 12:30:27 PM
NO. The dermoid sinus is a genetic trait that is eliminated by breeders who just forego using any animal that has this condition. You should receive a 1 year genetic guarantee from any reputable breeder which covers the dermoid, thyroid, orthopedic and other genetic deficencies. Note that all dog breeds have some genetic problems, usually expressed by improper breeding but any can have a problem unknown to the breeder. The ridge is not connected with this genetic trait. The ridge is unique to two breeds (Rhodesian and Thai) that marks the fullbloods back. The ridge is not a potential, it is a distinction of the breed. No ridge then it is not a Rhodesian Ridgeback, period. Hope this helps.
    Answered by carlem - 8/13/2011 11:20:16 AM

Thanks Carlem. That helped alot.
    Answered by Anonymous - 8/15/2011 4:34:04 PM

Not true, we have 2 pure breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks, rescued from homes that didn't want them because they had no ridge, some pups just don't have one, but they are completely healthy and normal, the genes that make the ridge are actually a defect, so sometimes it just isn't present.
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/20/2011 12:36:53 AM

I'm not sure where the people that answered your question got there information, but it's wrong. 1) ONLY ridged ridgebacks can get dermoid sinus. 2) A ridgeless ridgeback IS still a ridgeback. It was just born without a ridge. 3) The ridge IS a defect but it's also what makes the breed stand out. Natures way of trying to correct this defect is puppies born with out a ridge. But the breed standard calls for a ridge. 4) A ridgeless ridgeback CANNOT get dermoid sinus..period!
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/12/2012 2:38:41 AM

A Rhodesian Ridgeback does not have to have a ridge to be one. If they are born without one; they just can't be shown or usually bred. It's like a black lab; they are suppose to be all black. If they have a spot of white; they can't be shown; but they are still a black lab.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/26/2012 7:40:41 PM