Thai Ridgeback

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


This is an ancient breed, which until recently was completely unknown outside Thailand. Their true homeland is not known, but their history is a subject of multiple hypotheses. It is generally accepted that this dog was used for hunting big animals.

One of the most common assumptions about its origin is that it is mutation of another breed from Thailand with a similar appearance, but without characteristic ridge on the back. There are preserved rock paintings more than 2000 years old, which clearly show dogs like these accompanying hunters. A reason why the breed was preserved for centuries without changes in conditions of life in East Thailand - a fairly isolated, albeit a very beautiful region where the probability of crosses with other breeds from various parts of the country was negligible. For generations, only the strongest and healthiest dogs survived. There is no scientific evidence of any link between the Thai and Rhodesian Ridgeback although some cynologists offer possible cross through the Hottentot dog.

Physical characteristics

The Thai Ridgeback is a medium-sized, muscular, dog. Males have a standard height of 56-61 cm, females - 51-56 cm. Body is slightly elongated with muscular thighs and aerodynamic shape, which makes it extremely mobile. Ears are triangular, erect, set low and slightly off. On its forehead, there is a wrinkled characteristic fur with horizontal lines which are very mobile and expressive in mood swings. Eyes are almond-shaped with an average size, and their main color is dark brown. Its tail is very thick from the base, slightly pointed tip, set high, carried sickle.

Character and behavior

Originally the Thai Ridgeback breed was used, in addition to hunting, as a watchdog and companion of wagons. In the FCI breed standard, which describes an ideal image of the breed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is considered to be a loyal family dog.

Training and education

Thai Ridgebacks are considered to be an intelligent breed with a medium to a high energy level that spends most of the day in lounging with activity periods taking place in bursts. Because of its nature, the Thai Ridgeback is not recommended for new pet owners. They have an excellent jumping ability and may try to run away if not properly taken care of or supervised.

Health problems

Overall the Thai Ridgebacks are healthy and hearty breed with some inherent issues. Reproduction of the breed has been concentrated mainly in Thailand until recent past, although domestic population of the breed is still small. Inbreeding has not been considered as an issue to the breed so far and also there have been no reported cases of it. Dermoid sinus is one of conditions the Thai Ridgeback Dogs are prone to. However, nowadays, lines of Thai Ridgebacks who are resulting from interpopulation crosses, can also be prone to hip dysplasia and or other genetic disorders.

Grooming and care

You should brush your Dog's hair to prevent any matting. Matting can become a very painful experience. So, it is important to find a soft approach to grooming, otherwise your pet will feel the experience as an unpleasant one.

Children and other pets

By nature the Thai Ridgebacks are very protective of home and family. Sometimes they can be very aggressive or very shy when not properly brought into society. While in the other hand, socialized and well bred Thai Ridgebacks are considered loving and loyal family pets. The best way to raise them is to be looked over by a consistent owner, who has good understanding on how dogs behave. Some Thai Ridgebacks can remain independent and a lot of natural instinct remains unchanged, mainly because of geographical isolation and lack of human contact.

These dogs are very kind with kids and other pets and can live peacefully even with cats.

Interesting facts

Actual ridge of every individual dog is determined by two groups of biological genes. The first one actually determines if the puppy would even have a ridge. The other one is in charge of size of ridge itself. It can vary from very large and long to even non-existing. In other words, the more pure genes dog has, the longer and broader ridge would be and it will appear only if at least male or female from a pair is purebred. Of course, people look for puppies for sale with a longer ridge.