Thai Ridgeback At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (FSS: Hound); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)
Large. Weight: 51–75 lbs Height: 20–26 inches
Short and dense.
Red, Black, Blue, Light Fawn (Isabella)
12 to 16 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
A Thai Ridgeback may be born with a plush coat. But this is considered a flaw so breeding Thai Ridgebacks with this coat is discouraged.
Thai Ridgeback Overview
While relatively unknown, the Thai Ridgeback is actually an ancient breed from Thailand. They were known as “cart following dogs”, but the name was changed due to the distinctive ridge of hair on their back similar to the Rhodesian. The breed accompanying carts on dangerous roads, and also worked as a hunter on farms, killing vermin including cobras. The breed has been relatively isolated, leaving him to be relatively pure and have little crossbreeding.
Thai Ridgeback Characteristics
Despite the pure and ancient heritage of this dog breed, they look like a combination of several others. The ridge of hair on his back gives him the look of a Rhodesian, while his pricked, large ears look almost like that of Pharaoh Hounds. The strong body and angular head also give an ancient Basenji or even Bull Terrier appearance. All combined, they are unique to look at breed.
Thai Ridgeback Temperament
They are fiercely loyal to their owners and can be territorial when it comes to sharing them with others. They are aloof with strangers and need strong socialization to get along with other people and animals. Their prey drive is also strong, meaning small pets should always be kept away from this breed.
Thai Ridgeback Care
The lifespan of this dog breed is 12 to 16 years, higher than average for other dogs his size. Breed health concerns are minimal, possibly due to the lack of knowledge about the breed, or the fact that little crossbreeding has occurred, however dermoid sinus (a skin condition) is one known health issue.
Thai Ridgeback Coat
Their short, dense coat is very easily cared for. It requires only occasional brushing and bathing to keep it looking its best. The breed is prone to some skin issues, so care should be taken to help keep the skin healthy and clean.
Thai Ridgeback Training
This is a breed that was used for his independent and brave nature, which may make training more difficult. Teaching in ways that keep the Thai Ridgeback occupied and learning while making it seem like he is in charge are helpful. Socialization is also critical from puppyhood if he is to be around strange people or animals.
Thai Ridgeback Activity
As a cart-following dog, they are very active. He needs lots of exercise and long walks that allow him to hunt and explore his surroundings. Off-leash play in a dog-secured area is also recommended, or else he may wander off on his own for mental and physical stimulation.