Thai Ridgeback

The Thai Ridgeback Dog is one of the oldest breeds in Southeast Asia found on the mainland of Thailand and is thought to be a cross between the Phu Quoc Dog (found on Pho Quoc Island, now a part of Vietnam), and other local breeds. Muscular, strong, fearless and very athletic, the TRD resembles in many ways the Pharaoh Hound. The breed can be registered with the AKC Foundation Stock Services and can be shown in ARBA (American Rare Breed Association) shows and FCI shows. It is officially recognized by VDH (the all breed kennel club of Germany), KCTH (Kennel Club of Thailand), AKU (Asian Kennel Union), UKC (United Kennel Club) and many other clubs and canine organizations.

A loyal family dog, the Thai Ridgeback Dog is affectionate with his family but reserved with strangers and is also a natural watchdog. He will bark to alert about strange people or sounds but will never be a neighborhood nuisance. This is not a one-person breed as he becomes devoted to the entire family.

Thai Ridgeback Breed Outline

Country of Origin: Thailand

Utilization: Hunting and Companion Dog

FCI Classification: Group 5 - Spitz Dogs and Primitive Type Dogs; Primitive Type-Hunting Dogs (without working trial); AKC Classification: Hunting and companion dog; registered with Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Size: Medium/Large (20-24 inches at shoulders (there is a tolerance of plus or minus one inch)

Coat Type, Colors and Specific Features: The coat is short and smooth. The ridge on the top region which gives the dog its distinctive look, is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. Solid color: red (ranging from deep mahogany to light chestnut), black, blue (or silver) and very light fawn (isabella). Black mask is preferable in reds. The nose is usually black, but in blue dogs, the nose is bluish.

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Litter Size: 5

Life Span: 10-13 years

Grooming Requirements: They need little grooming. Because of their thin coats they do not do well outdoors in cold weather.

Shedding: Little

Personality: Intelligent, tough, active, loyal and fearless. Some lines may be more aggressive than other.

Social skills: They have a strong prey drive and should never be left alone with small pets such as cats.

Suitability for Children: Generally good with children of their family.

Exercise Needs: Thai Ridgebacks are very athletic and active dogs and will benefit from moderate amount of exercise (two long walks a day). They love to run.

Train Ability: Thai Ridgeback Dogs can be independent and stubborn. Very clean, with no "doggy" odor, Thai Ridgebacks are very easy to house break.

Health & Behavioral Issues: Due to natural selection the breed is very healthy. There have been identified only a few cases of hip dysplasia, PRA, entropion and dermoid sinus cyst.

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