Thai Ridgeback

35-55 lbs
20-22"
Thailand
Mah Thai Lang Ahn, Pariah Dogs

The Thai Ridgeback is an independent thinker and will look for ways to outsmart you. He does require a strong leader and constant training to ensure that he respects his family. He will favor one person but can learn to tolerate and respect other members of the family. The first time dog owner should not consider the Thai Ridgeback. Your Thai Ridgeback should always be walked on a leash to prevent him from chasing or attacking other animals. He does have a high prey drive and without proper training can become a vicious dog. It is usually easy to housetrain the Thai Ridgeback and once he is past puppyhood any destructive behavior should subside unless he is not given enough attention or exercise.

Purpose
All-purpose dog, companion
Date of Origin
1600s
Ancestry
Mastiff

Thai Ridgeback Health

Average Size
Male Thai Ridgeback size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 50-75 lbs
Female Thai Ridgeback size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 35-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dermoid Sinus
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • X-Rays
  • Full Physical Examination

Thai Ridgeback Breed History

The first documentation for the Thai Ridgeback dates back more than 350 years. However, some researchers believe that he has been in existence much longer in Thailand and might be a descendant of the Hottentot dog which is now extinct. It is also believed that the Hottentot also was used to create the Rhodesian Ridgeback. The Thai Ridgeback was originally used as an all-purpose dog to guard his property, pull carts and hunt game. He was also used to hunt cobras. The Thai Ridgeback was mainly found on the eastern side of Thailand and also on the island of Dao Phu Quoc which is located near the Vietnam and Cambodia border. Because he has been isolated for so long, his distinctive, powerful look has not been altered much since he was first documented over 350 years ago. The first Thai Ridgebacks appeared in the United States in 1994 and were used as guard dogs. The United Kennel Club officially recognized the Thai Ridgeback in 1996 and allowed him to participate in all of their sanctioned events. The American Kennel Club began accepting Thai Ridgebacks into their Foundation Stock Service in 1997, which is the first step in becoming officially recognized by the AKC. He was able to compete in companion events beginning in 2008. He was also approved to compete in lure coursing in 2008. He was officially recognized by the AKC and became a member of the Hound Group. Thai Ridgebacks can now compete in all events including conformation.

Thai Ridgeback Breed Appearance

The Thai Ridgeback is a medium to large sized dog with a wedge shaped head, ears that stand up and a short, smooth coat. He has a deep, well-muscled chest and gives the impression of a powerfully built dog. Many people compare him to his cousin, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, but he stands slightly shorter at the shoulder and has a more muscled body. His skin is soft and tight fitting to his body.


He has short, smooth coat and a clearly defined ridge of hair that grows in the opposite direction from the rest of his coat. The ridge of hair on his back will extend down his spine from his withers to his pelvis bones. His ridge can grow in several different patterns and shapes but they must be symmetrical on each side of his backbone. The Thai Ridgeback must have this ridge of hair. He also must also be black, red, blue, isabella or brindle in color and must be a solid color. He can have a black mask if he is red. A small white patch is acceptable on his chest.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Thai Ridgeback eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Thai Ridgeback nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Thai Ridgeback coat
Black
brindle Thai Ridgeback coat
Brindle
blue Thai Ridgeback coat
Blue
red Thai Ridgeback coat
Red
isabella Thai Ridgeback coat
Isabella
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Thai Ridgeback straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Thai Ridgeback Breed Maintenance

The Thai Ridgeback has a short coat that is low maintenance. He will require weekly brushing to remove any dead hairs and dirt. A rubber curry brush or a hound mitt can be used to brush him. By brushing him weekly, the oils on his skin will be redistributed and his coat will have a shine to it. He does shed year round, but it is not heavy, fine hairs will float through the air and settle on furniture and clothing. He generally only needs a bath once or twice a year or on an as needed basis when he is dirty. Bathing him too often can cause him to have skin irritation. Trim his nails as needed which is usually every two to three weeks. His ears should be cleaned weekly to prevent infection. A dental routine should also be set up for him including weekly teeth brushing using a canine safe toothpaste.

Brushes for Thai Ridgeback
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Thai Ridgeback requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Thai Ridgeback Temperament


The Thai Ridgeback is an independent thinker who has a mind of his own. He really likes to get his own way and is stubborn enough to keep trying until he finally wears you down. He needs a solid leader who will not give into him. The Thai Ridgeback is not the ideal dog for the first time dog owner. He requires continual training to ensure he does not try to usurp your authority. He is not recommended for families with toddlers. He can do well with older children as long as he is raised from puppyhood with them. He is an excellent hunter and a very skilled escape artist. He should never be left alone in the backyard for long, he will find a way to get out and go hunting. Because he has such a high prey drive, he should be closely monitored with small pets and other dogs that he is not familiar with. The Thai Ridgeback should be socialized early so he does not become dog or people aggressive.

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