Thursday, November 17, 2005

Thai Ridgeback



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.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

awwwww i love thai ridgeback dogs!!!!! i also love Rhodesian RIDGEBACKS!!!!! they are my favs :)

Anonymous said...

thai ridgebacks look just like my dog.....he is a half lab half austrailian shepard...he is black

Anonymous said...

thai ridgbacks look just like my dog...he is a half lab half austrailian shepard.......

Trane said...

I have a dog that was abandoned in front of a pet store near my home late one evening. I have no idea what she is, except she looks exactly like the Thai Ridgeback in your picture (black). She even has a dappled tongue. She doesn't, however have a ridge. Maybe that is why her former owners left her there at only about 5mths old. She is the best dog I have ever owned. I would like to share a picture...