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Country of Origin, History of Thai Ridgebacks
The origin of the Thai Ridgeback is undocumented, but the breed was developed in eastern Thailand. It is generally considered a Pariah-type dating back to ancient times. The Thai Ridgeback may have mutated from another form of Thai dog that has similar appearance.
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A General Description of the Dog
The Thai Ridgeback has a loose-skinned, muscular, medium-sized body. Its back is strong, firm, and covered with dense hair.
The Thai Ridgeback coat comes in two distinct varieties. The first type consists of a hard, short, and straight outer coat with a very thin under coat. The second type consists of a short, dense coat that has an appearance and texture of velvet.
Coat colors include: chestnut, black, blue, fawn and silver. It has a ridge on its back, formed by hair growing in opposite directions which forms whorls and circles.
Males 22-24 inches (56-60 cm.)
Females 20-22 inches (51-56)
51-75 pounds (23-34 kg.)
Temperament of the Breed
This alert, fearless, fierce and intelligent breed is a good watch, guard and hunting dog, but also makes a nice, loyal and devoted companion. This breed does best in a home with older considerate children. They do not get along well with other dogs or other household pets they have not been raised with. They are exceedingly protective of their family and will display aggression toward anything or anyone they perceive to be a threat. Thai Ridgebacks do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time.
Are they good for homes with kids?
The Thai Ridgeback can be a good companion for older children, but they may not best for toddlers. They may view family cats as preys unless they have been socialized with them from an early age. Similarly Thai Ridgebacks can be aggressive towards other dogs they don't know, unless they have been socialized well.
Thai Ridgebacks will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. However, the Thai Ridgeback does best with a large yard where there is ample room to romp and run. It is crucial that yards be safe, secure, and have a very high fence. They prefer warm climates and cannot withstand the cold due to the texture of their coat.
The active and athletic Thai Ridgeback thrives on exercise and stimulation, and should be taken on daily long walks. It is extremely important that this breed does not become bored, as they will be highly destructive. They benefit from going on securely leashed walks, enjoy all family activities and jumping.
Thai Ridgebacks require formal obedience training as well as intense and extensive socialization. They are generally quick to learn, obedient, and eager to please their master. They are easy to housebreak. Training must be done with love, respect, firmness, fairness, consistency, and patience. This breed excels in agility.
The Thai Ridgeback sheds little and does not need a lot of grooming. An occasional combing and brushing to remove the dead hair will do. Bathing should be done only when necessary. Special attention should be given to the eyes, ears, and teeth.
A very healthy and robust breed, although they may be prone to hip dysplasia, entropion and dermoid sinus.
Life Expectancy: About 12-13 years.
Group: Hunting Dog.
AKC Popularity Ranking: Foundation Stock Service.
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