Thursday, November 17, 2005
The Thai Ridgeback is a dog not often seen outside it's country of origin, Thailand. They are used primarily for guarding homes and livestock. It is a primitive breed that has been kept pure in Thailand due to poor transportation systems.
Males average 22-24 inches and weigh 50-60 pounds. Females average 20-22 inches and weigh approximately 35-55 pounds as an adult.
Their short coat should have a ridge of hair growing up along their back. A lack of the ridge or a plush coat is considered a fault. Coat colours are black, blue, red and fawn. A black mask is acceptable on the red and fawn only, and there should be no white markings. Ears are pricked. Their tongues are spotted and some are even solid black/blue like a chow.
Life expectancy is from 12-15 years.
They are naturaly protective of their family and territory. They can be aggressive towards other dogs, even with lots of socialization at a young age. Females tend to be more aggressive with each other.
The Thai Ridgeback is fully recognized by the UKC and the FCI.