(aka: Red Thai Ridgeback)
Thai Ridgeback Description
The Thai Ridgeback has a loose-skinned, muscular body. Its back is strong, firm, and covered with dense hair. Coat colors include: chestnut, black, blue, and silver. It has a ridge on its back, formed by hair growing in opposite directions which forms whorls and circles. The shoulders are strong and muscular. The head is carried high on the firm, strong, clean cut neck. The muzzle is wedge-shaped and powerful looking. The tongue should be blue or bluish gray. The ears are large, high set, triangular, pricked and inclined forward. The top of the skull is flat and slopes gently to the stop. The dark-brown eyes are almond-shaped with an alert expression. The nose is black and the tail is thicker at the base tapering to the tip. The ribs are well sprung with no hint of a barrel appearance. The hind legs are long and moderately lean and bend slightly to the stifles. The back of the neck has extra rolls of skin when the dog is alert. This is particularly noticeable in puppies.
Until recently the Thai Ridgeback was relatively unknown outside of eastern Thailand and is very rare elsewhere. This breed is a good watch, guard and hunting dog, but also makes a nice companion. Tough and active with excellent jumping ability. It is a very active and alert dog but also without socialization can be a bit aloof towards strangers. May be difficult to train. The Thai Ridgeback needs a dominant owner who understands the breed. One who has a natural authority to them, in a firm but calm manner. Confident and consistent with the rules placed upon the dog. A Thai who does not have an owner who corrects the dog at the proper times may find that the dog develops aggressive tendencies. With the right handler it is never too late to curve any unwanted behaviors once the owners learn how to properly treat the dog along with providing the proper mental and physical exercise.
The Thai Ridgeback does not need a lot of grooming. An occasional combing and brushing to remove the dead hair will do.
The Thai Ridgeback first appeared in eastern Thailand more than 400 years ago. Used by farmers as guard dogs, watchdogs and hunters, these canines were mostly isolated with few opportunities to crossbreed. This very protective dog was known simply as "the cart-following dog." Rarely seen in the U.S. and Europe, the Thai Ridgeback is still very popular in Thailand.
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. Training must be done with love, respect, firmness, fairness, consistency, and patience. This breed excels in agility.
Thai ridgebacks are a hardy, overall healthy breed with few inherent heath issues. The breed has reproduced in Thailand almost exclusively by natural selection until the very recent past. The domesticated population is small. Inbreeding depression has not been observed in the breed. Thai Ridgeback Dogs are prone to dermoid sinus. Modern lines of Thai Ridgeback, resulting from interpopulation crosses, may also be prone to hip dysplasia and other genetic disorders.