Muscular and athletic, the Bull Ridgeback might have a future in dog sports like Agility, but due to its territorial and confrontational temperament this lovely bandog is better suited for farm life. Only dogs with the trademark ridge on their backs are bred to reinforce the trait. Some specimens are lean and tall, while others are fairly "bully" in type, resembling larger Pit Bulls. The head is large and broad, with a strong muzzle and well-developed jaws.
The nose can be black, brown or pink. Ears can be cropped or left natural, the tail is usually docked and the short dense coat is preferred in lion-yellow shades, although other colourings exist, including various bicolours. The average height is around 25 inches, but smaller examples can be found as well.