From the induction of the Rhodesian Ridgeback into Australia the breed has seen a steady growth in popularity and is nowadays one of the largest registered breeds in the Hound group. With the breed's popularity came the formation of Rhodesian Ridgeback breed clubs.
RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB INCORPORATED (NSW)
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Inc is based in NSW. It was founded in early 1973 making it the first and oldest RR breed club in Australia. Being the first RR Club in Australia, the State of the club was not included in the clubs official name. The club was the first in Australia to hold an RR championship speciality show in 1976 and the first club to hold a breed symposium which was held in 1988. The Club hosted the inaugural RR National Show held in Sydney in 1992.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of QLD was formed in late 1977. The Queensland club originally started as a social club and in 1994 became affiliated with the State controlling body (now Dogs Queensland). The Club holds a Championship Show and an Open show each year. The RRCQ conduct a variety of activities such as fun days, lure coursing, obedience, agility, tracking, search and rescue and endurance. RRCQ is hosting the upcoming national show in 2023.
THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of WA was founded as a social club in 1981, the Club decided to gain affiliation in 1991. The Club holds a Championship Show and an Open show annually, and conducts various activities throughout the year. The club has hosted two National RR Championship Show however, opted out the NRRC after the second National.
THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB OF VICTORIA
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Victoria was formed in August 1985. Activities conducted by the club include annual Championship and Open Shows, lure coursing days, members competitions, show handling lesson, the Club also holds a yearly obedience trail. The club hosted the RR World Congress in 1996 in conjunction with a National show.
THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of SA was formed 1988 making it the youngest Rhodesian Ridgeback club in Australia. The club conducts a yearly RR Championship Show, race days, monthly RR walks and fun days to name a few activities. To date the club has hosted two national RR shows.
THE RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK CLUB OF ACT
The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was founded in early 1977. The main reason for the formation of this Club was to hold an annual Rhodesian Ridgeback Specialty show in a central Australian east coast location (Canberra), which would hopefully attract and bring together exhibitors from all states within Australia. The club utilised international Rhodesian Ridgeback specialist judges. Initially the shows were run under the umbrella of the Hound Club of the ACT. In addition to the annual specialty show, the RR Club of ACT also held open shows for trainee judges, all breeds obedience agility trials, lure coursing and fun days and information evening. Unfortunately, the club disbanded in 2003 due mainly to the small local membership base.