Thai Ridgeback

Other names/Nicknames:
  • None
Country/Date of origin:
  • Thailand
  • 1600′s
  • 23 to 26 inches
  • 60 to 65 pounds
  • Tough and active.
  • Excellent watchdog.

An ancient dog, this breed was unknown outside of its homeland until about 360 years ago when it was seen on the island of Dao Phu Quoc.  Because it has a ridge of hair running against the rest of the coat, it is thought to share a common ancestry with the Rhodesian Ridgeback.  Like the Rhodesian Ridgeback, the Thai Ridgeback is a very fierce guard and watchdog.  It is still extremely rare outside of its country of origin, but is beginning to be noticed by dog fanciers in other countries.

Body Type:
  • Medium-size, well-muscled dog.
  • The long tail is held vertically or curved like a sickle.  It is not altered.
  • The ears are large and carried erect.
  • Eyes are usually light in color, giving the gaze a fierce intensity.
  • Short and smooth.
  • Allowed colors are black, gray, blue, and shades of red.
  • Minimal grooming required.
  • Hair along the ridge of the back grows opposite to the rest of the coat.  It begins with a pair of whorls behind the shoulders and extends about half way down the back.
Health and Wellness:
  • Generally robust.
What you should know:
  • Early training and socialization is recommended.
  • This dog is agile, energetic, and likes to jump so be prepared to get lots of exercise.
  • Its tongue is blue or bluish-gray in color.
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