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Thai Ridgeback

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Thai Ridgeback

Thai Ridgebacks have short dense coats that are red, black, blue and fawn in color. The unique feature of this breed is the ridge of hair that lies along their spine and grows in the opposite direction of the rest of their coat. The long head is moderately broad between the ears and the skull is flat. The muzzle tapers towards the nose. The almond-shaped eyes are either brown or amber with a dark nose. The medium-sized, triangle ears are erect and set at the outer edges of the skull. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The neck should be moderately long and the chest is moderately broad. This breed can have wrinkles around the neck and face. The well-developed legs should be straight and the round, oval-shaped feet should have well-arched toes. The tail tapers to a point and curves slightly upwards.

Temperament The Thai Ridgeback is intelligent and very protective. They are very wary of strangers and may be aggressive towards both strangers and dogs. They are aggressive and tough due to their primitive instincts and by being undomesticated for many years. They are excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. They can be a bit difficult to train and are very active and lively. They are good with children and require a strong and firm owner.
Height, Weight Male Height: 22-24" ; Weight: 51-75 lbs.
Female Height: 20-22" ; Weight: 37-55 lbs.
Health Problems The Thai is prone to allergies, ear infections and obesity. Some in this breed may suffer from hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, dermoid sinus and bloat.
Living Conditions This breed loves to be indoors making them a good choice for an apartment, but they also enjoy the outdoors as long as it is not too cold. They need a secure and high fence.
Exercise The Thai needs daily exercise. They are excellent jumpers and exercise this trait often. They do well in agility.
Life Expectancy About 8-12 years
Grooming The coat of this breed is easy to groom. They only need to be brushed every now and then to remove dead hairs.
Origin The Thai Ridgeback has been known in Thailand for over 350 years. Their name comes from the ridge of hair along their backs that grows in the opposite direction. They were used by farmers for hunting and guarding. They are thought to be related to the Rhodesian Ridgeback of Africa and the Phu Quo Dog of Vietnam. They are extremely rare outside of Thailand. They were recognized by the UKC in 1996 have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Hound, UKC Sighthound and Pariah