The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States

2023 Membership Renewal & Breeders Directory
United States, Canada & Foreign

The Renewal Schedule is listed below.
Please read this entire document carefully and act promptly!

Dear RRCUS Member,

RRCUS offers an electronic renewal process. The information below should guide you through the process easily. IMPORTANT: Submit your renewal form from the same page on the club Shopify Store as the option you choose to renew.. At this time of year, you have the option to change your membership status. You will also be receiving a hard copy of the renewal form as usual through the mail. In the revised Bylaws, the scheduled date for your annual dues and completion of the renewal form is December 31, 2022. Membership is considered lapsed after January 1, 2023. If your renewal and payment are not received by the deadline, you will have to pay a late fee.

Please choose your renewal option below. The renewal form will be displayed on the Shopify product page below the cart button. Fill out the form, including all required fields, and use the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the form. Then check out and go to your Shopify cart to pay.

Questions about online payment may be directed to or Please be sure to note that it is an online payment question and your name is in the subject line.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation
If you would like to donate to the Foundation, any donation is tax deductible.
Check out their website to donate online at

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue Inc.
If you would like to donate to rescue you can go to to donate online.
Any donation is tax deductible.

2023 Membership Renewal & Breeders Directory Renewal

Late fee included in the membership pricing

The IRS has stated that membership dues are not deductible


The Breeders Directory fee includes a listing in the ONLINE Breeders Directory by March 1 each year, a listing on the RRCUS website and a hyperlink connecting the RRCUS website listing to your personal web page. The online directory will be updated as the changes come in. The online listings will run from Jan. 1 to Dec 31. By vote of the Board of Directors, to be listed in the Directory, you must have been a member of RRCUS for the previous three years or have a current listing in the Directory. Please certify to the following:

  1. By Advertising in the Breeders Directory, I/we agree to:

    Abide by the RRCUS Bylaws and Code of Ethics, Regulations of the American Kennel Club and specifically adhering to the BREEDING and SALES sections of the RRCUS Code of Ethics:


    A breeder's aim and foremost responsibility shall be to produce the healthiest and best representatives of the breed possible.

    1. Only purebred, registered (American Kennel Club or equivalent Foreign Registry) Rhodesian Ridgebacks shall be used for breeding.
    2. Each litter shall be the result of conscientious planning, including consideration of physical and genetic health, soundness, temperament and conformity to the official standard of the breed as established by the RRCUS and approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC). RRCUS strongly recommends that health testing be performed on all breeding stock. Full disclosure of all health screening results-especially abnormal results-must be made to all parties to the breeding and to all prospective purchasers of puppies resulting from such a breeding.
      1. In order to protect the health and safety of the stud dog and brood bitch (as well as resulting puppies) it is recommended that both dog and bitch have pre-breeding veterinary screenings to certify that they are in good breeding condition. A test for Brucella is prudent to protect both stud dog and bitch.
      2. Dogs and bitches bred under the age of 24 months must have preliminary screenings indicating they are clear of hip and elbow dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) or comparable foreign registry.
      3. Dogs and bitches bred over the age of 24 months, must have final screenings certified clear of hip and elbow dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), or comparable foreign registry.
      4. A Penn Hip evaluation of 0.30 or below, is an indication that hip dysplasia is very unlikely to occur, is also acceptable as a final screening.
      5. Foreign dogs must be screened as appropriate for their country of residence.
      6. RRCUS has identified other strongly recommended screenings that are outlined in the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) which include a complete thyroid panel from an OFA approved laboratory or ACVIM Board certified Internal Medicine specialist, cardiac certification (OFA or cardiologist evaluation), OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry certification (CAER)*. Bear in mind that a CHIC number only indicates that testing has been done-it does not certify normal results (*indicates annual re-test requirement). Additionally, DNA testing is encouraged for the autosomal recessive genetic diseases: degenerative myelopathy (DM), juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) and Early Onset Adult Deafness (EOAD). While it is perfectly acceptable to breed carriers to dogs that have tested clear, to avoid the production of affected offspring, carriers should never be bred to other carriers.
      7. Breeders shall endeavor to stay current in their knowledge of all known heritable diseases present in the breed and demonstrate reasonable care in eliminating those diseases. For up-to-date date test availability and current RRCUS recommended tests please check the Health & Genetics section of
      8. Only mature adult dogs shall be used in a breeding program. Additional precautions including a veterinarian consultation should be taken when breeding a bitch over seven (7) years and under 18 months of age.
      9. Dogs born prior to 2000 whose semen has been collected and frozen shall only be required to be certified free of hip dysplasia by OFA or a comparable foreign registry.
    3. A litter should only be bred with the intention of producing conformation and performance candidates and healthy, mentally stable companion animals.
    4. When entering into a breeding agreement, a written contract should be signed and dated by all owners and co-owners of the sire and dam. Full disclosure of all test results for inheritable disease shall be made available to all parties.
    5. Breeders are responsible for the progeny of their dogs. They are required to assist rescue in the placement and care of any dog they bred which is surrendered to rescue. For the purposes of this document "Breeder" is defined as the owner, co-owner or lessee of the bitch at the time of breeding, whelping, selling and/or placing of the puppies. Stud dog owners are also responsible for the progeny of their dogs and are required to assist in the placement and care of any dog in rescue that was sired by their dog. For the purposes of this document "Stud dog owner" is defined as the owner, co-owner or lessee of the stud dog at the time of the breeding.
  3. SALES

    Members must be particularly concerned with the proper placement of adults as well as puppies, both pet and show potential.

    1. Rhodesian Ridgebacks should not be displayed in public places for the sole purpose of immediate sale.
    2. Breeders shall require purchasers to sterilize (spay, neuter, vasectomize or perform tubal ligation) on any dog that is not considered breedable quality and make use of limited registrations where appropriate. When puppies with serious defects or faults (Dermoid Sinus, ridgeless) are sold the breeder must take the extra responsibility to see that the dog is sterilized. Dermoid surgery should be performed prior to placing the pup in a new home.
    3. Members will not knowingly furnish puppies or adult dogs for wholesale, pet shops, puppy brokers, commercial facilities, guard dog businesses or agents thereof, or dispose of them as "Give away" prizes or auction items; neither will they sell puppies to nor breed to dogs owned by those whom they have reason to believe may do so.
    4. AKC (or equivalent) registration papers or a bill of sale stating sire, dam, and date of birth shall accompany puppies to new homes.
    5. Breeders shall furnish the buyer with dates of inoculations, deworming, as well as written details on feeding and general care of the dog and the name and address of a licensed veterinarian who has examined the puppy after the age of six weeks. Furthermore, full written disclosure of inheritable disease testing done on both sire and dam shall be enclosed in the puppy packet when the puppy leaves the breeder's home. Puppies should be microchipped between 8 weeks and two years at the breeder's discretion.
    6. Responsibility of the breeder does not stop with the sale. The breeder should be available for consultation and to assist in the recovery and placement of any dog sold by the breeder if such need arises at any time in the dog's life. Members will not dispose of dogs or puppies by giving them to the local animal shelter, pound, humane society or any organization of that type. If due to distance or circumstance the breeder is unable to accept physical return of a dog, the breeder should direct the dog's return to Ridgeback Rescue and financially support the animal until it can be rehomed.