This health resource page is a collection of links and articles that could be of help to you and your veterinarian throughout the life of your Ridgeback. It is not intended to be inclusive, but rather focuses on Ridgeback-specific issues, such as dermoid sinus, or it makes available hard-to-find information on uncommon conditions.

Ridgebacks are fortunate in that ours is a relatively healthy breed, and most breeders are extremely diligent in trying to breed vibrant and long-lived dogs. However, genetic disease is a reality of life. In humans, disorders such as hypothyroidism, nearsightedness and farsightedness, diabetes and hemophilia are examples of genetic disease – in other words, people inherit the disorder or a predisposition to it from their parents. Animals – and purebred dogs -- are no different.

For a good understanding of what genetic disorders are found in the Rhodesian Ridgeback, click here.

Please feel free to scroll through the alphabetized list of health-related topics and references below, or click open the pull-down menu to narrow your search.

Health Resources For All...


Breed Health

Buying a Ridgeback?

Cancer - General

Cancer - Hemangiosarcoma

Cancer - Mast Cell Tumors (MCT)

Cancer - Osteosarcoma

Canine Health Registries

DNA Archiving at Home

  • The RRCUS "DNAah" - a program for progressive Ridgeback owners

Epilepsy, see Seizures (below)

Eye Disorders - General

Eye Disorders - Cataracts

Eye Disorders - Entropion

Hip Dysplasia



Lupoid and Lupoid Diseases

Myasthenia Gravis



Papilloma virus (canine warts)



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