Thai Ridgeback

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Considered to be one of the oldest breeds, the Thai Ridgeback originated in Thailand. Used as a hunter, watchdog, and family protector, this breed is exceedingly rare outside of their native country. Due to a lack of human interaction and isolation this breed remains largely undomesticated and independent.
This muscular and medium-sized breed is typically fearless, alert, and powerful. The Thai Ridgeback is extremely agile, athletic, unique, and graceful. They are very sensitive to both sight and sound. They are a magnificent and courageous breed, and are highly capable of adapting to any new environment.
Highly intelligent, loyal, and deeply devoted, the Thai Ridgeback is a faithful companion and fierce guard dog. They are aloof and wary of strangers. This breed does best in a home with older considerate children. They do not get along well with other dogs or other household pets they have not been raised with. They are exceedingly protective of their family and will display aggression toward anything or anyone they perceive to be a threat. Thai Ridgebacks do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time and are not suited for a two-career family. The Thai Ridgeback is not recommended for the novice dog owner.
The Thai Ridgeback requires weekly grooming and care. The coat needs to be brushed and combed on a regular basis to remove dead hair. Bathing should only be done when necessary. Special attention should be given to the eyes, ears, and teeth. They do not tolerate cool climates. The Thai Ridgeback is a relatively healthy breed, although they may be prone to hip dysplasia and dermoid sinus.
The Thai Ridgeback coat comes in two distinct varieties. The first type consists of a hard, short, and straight outer coat with a very thin under coat. The second type consists of a short, dense coat that has an appearance and texture of velvet. A distinguishing feature of the Thai Ridgeback is the ridge of hair on the back that runs in the opposite direction of the coat. There are eight distinct ridge patterns: bowling pin, leaf, saddleback, needle, feather, arrow, lute, and violin. The color of the coat comes in blue, red, fawn, and black. This breed is light shedding.
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.
The Thai Ridgeback thrives on exercise and stimulation. It is extremely important that this breed does not become bored, as they will be highly destructive. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they receive sufficient exercise. However, the Thai Ridgeback does best with a large yard where there is ample room to romp and run. It is crucial that yards be safe, secure, and have a very high fence. They benefit from going on securely leashed walks, and enjoy all family activities.
51-75 lbs
Male: 22-24; Female: 20-22 inches
Chestnut, black, blue, and silver
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How much do Thai Ridgeback puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Thai Ridgeback varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Thai Ridgeback puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Thai Ridgebacks sold is $1,297.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Thai Ridgeback with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $7,000 upwards to $10,000 or even more for a Thai Ridgeback with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Thai Ridgebacks sold is $1,700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,297.50
Average Price: $1,700.00
Top Quality: $7,000.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 76 Thai Ridgeback puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Thai Ridgeback puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Thai Ridgebacks true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Thai Ridgeback Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 76 Thai Ridgeback dogs.
  • 1. Waffles
  • 2. Ruby
  • 3. Buttercup
  • 4. Timmy
  • 5. Tessa
  • 6. Teddy
  • 7. Simba
  • 8. Sikaru
  • 9. Scarlet
  • 10. Trgb
  • 11. Trga
  • 12. Trb B
  • 13. Topking
  • 14. Topaz
  • 15. Tony
  • 16. Titan
  • 17. Tina
  • 18. Bowzer
  • 19. Blue Boy
  • 20. Blue

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Anonymous asked:
I’m looking at the Thai Ridgeback. I live in an appointment with my 2 year old cat and 12 year old female dog, she is German Shepard and Golden Retriever mix. Any thoughts about that situation?

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I believe you may have had a typo and meant to say apartment, not appointment. If that is true, then I would have to say it depends. This breed needs space and if you live in an apartment, then you're going to have to give the dog space in another way. They need an experienced owner, not just someone who has had a dog before. This breed is a warm climate breed that does not do well in the cold and needs a lot of mental and physical exercise. Staying in an apartment all day with noises from other people in the building could cause this breeds protective instincts to kick into high gear.

Anonymous asked:
I live in Westchester New york and I'm interested in buying a thai ridgeback. Are they smaller than the Rhodesian? Are they fine with the different weather here in NY?

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The Thai Ridgeback is not a breed for everyone. They need an experienced owner that will put forth the effort to socialize, train and exercise this breed every day from day 1 to the end of the dogs life. They are smaller than the more popular Rhodesian Ridgeback, as the Thia Ridgeback's average height is 20 - 24 inches at the shoulder, and they weigh between 35 - 75lb. This breed does not do well in cold weather as they have an extremely short coat and came from the warmth of Thailand. They do not tolerate cold weather well and would need to be indoors unless out for exercise, but would need a minimum of a coat and possibly paw protection as well. The Thai Ridgeback has an extremely high prey drive and needs to be on leash at all times. They are escape artists and will find a way to escape if they can to chase after anything that is smaller than them and moving. Thai's are highly protective of their owner/family/property and will display a reasonable level of aggression to keep someone at bay if the dog believes that someone or something is a threat. This breed is a primitive breed and is highly versatile. They are used as guard dogs, watch dogs, hunting dogs, family companions/protectors, and then carting dogs as they are strong and have a high level of endurance. I would not recommend this breed for your area simply because of the weather, but if you invest in a minimum of an 8' (no chain link as they can climb) fence that is buried 1' minimum, and will get the winter gear your dog would need to be comfortable, then it may work out.

Anonymous asked:
I have a 14 month female Thai Ridgeback she had her first heat in June. I was expecting one in December or January, she showed signs of it whining and more needy then usual but have not seen any discharge. Wondering if I am missing something here.

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A true heat is when the female dogs vulva swells and the dog has bleeding for 7 - 10 days, then some clear discharge as the dog is ready to mate, and then some pink - red discharge for another 2 - 5 days following the breeding cycle of 3 - 5 days. All in all, if there was no actual swelling / bleeding / discharge, your dog did not have a full heat. While female dogs are developing, they can go through hormonal changes that seem as if the dog has gone into a heat, but really she has not. Taking her to the vet for a quick check up would be a good bet to ensure that there is nothing going on with her. Getting some blood work done and making sure she has all of the parts necessary for a heat would be best. Just like in humans, infertility can happen and so making 100% sure that your dog is up to health is a good idea.

Anonymous asked:
How would a Thai Ridgeback do in the ever changing climates of South Dakota?



A Thai Ridgeback should do fine in that setting as long as the dog's basic needs were met. Fresh/cool water should be available at all times, the dog should be allowed to be indoors with air conditioning during the hot times of the year, and the dog should be well exercised every day.


Contrary to the article, the Thai Ridgeback barely has enough hair that would require that frequent grooming mentioned above. The more frequent bath with medicated shampoos to deal with dead skin and "very-short-hair shedding" is actually more beneficial. It also does well on its own much more than Western breeds. It has over hundreds of years been accustomed to village-style living.

Anonymous asked:
I'm about to have a child. Is it ok to get a Thai Ridgeback after the child is 1 or 2?



As long as the Thai Ridgeback is a puppy it will be fine. I had two with my first child and they were 4 and 5 they were very caring about my daughter. But this was just my experience


I was told that my Thai girlfriend's TRD would follow her everywhere even to school and even wait on her. Dad had nothing to worry about. old school Thai

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Updated: 7/2/2022