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.

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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.

Does your Thai Ridgeback bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Thai Ridgeback puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
51-75 lbs
Male: 22-24; Female: 20-22 inches
Chestnut, black, blue, and silver



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Thai Ridgeback Questions

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.

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

Are Thai Ridgebacks alright for the winter?

Depends what you mean by winter? Will the Thai Ridgeback be left outside in the snow? If yes then no he will die. Will he be inside with you? Then if you get him a jacket and shoes, he will be ok for a walk and to pee etc., but not to hang out.

My Thai Ridgeback was outside in northern Alberta working with me in minus 30 Celcius. I did have a custom jacket made for him, but he was good till minus 20. Their coat will thicken as the weather changes, so they will shed out in a colder climate.

I have a Thai Ridgeback puppy and its winter and snowing here in Norway. What do you think about a little walk? 1 hour or less???

I'm really considering adopting a Thai Ridgeback, but I live in Las Vegas, and I'm worried that the climate is too hot and dry for the dog, and it might be bad for their health; would this be the case?

A Thai Ridgeback will be fine! Not too hot at all! He may even get a bit cold in the winter = )

I own a Ridgeback and I am living in Thailand. I can assure you, there is nothing like 'too hot' for this dog!

My Thai Ridgeback loved laying in the sun on the hottest days. She loved laying against the hot radiator in winter.

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