Thai Ridgeback dogs are considered as good guard dogs, hunting dogs as well companion dogs. These medium to large sized dogs are active, agile and characterized by great jumping ability. Previously, this breed was relatively unknown outside eastern Thailand.
In fact, Thai Ridgeback dog breed is considered to be one of the oldest breeds in Southeast Asia. These sighthounds were earlier used to hunt wild boar, tapir, deer and other such animals in their native region.
They seem to share a common ancestry with the Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Formerly, when Thai Ridgeback breed dogs were used by farmers, they were nicknamed as the “cart-following” dogs.
Thai Ridgeback dogs are strong, muscular and athletic in build and are quite similar to Pharaoh Dogs in appearance. The head is wedge shaped accompanied by distinctive wrinkled forehead. There is a ridge of hair running against the rest of the coat.
The tongue is blue or bluish grey in color. The almond shaped eyes are dark brown in color. The triangular, pricked ears are inclined forward. The nose is black. The tail has thick base and gradually tapers towards the tip. The croup is moderately round.
Color: Common Thai Ridgeback colors are black, blue, red, fawn, beige, brindle etc.
Height: These dogs are usually 22 to 24 inches in height. The average height of female Thai Ridgebacks is generally 20 to 22 inches.
Weight: The average weight of Thai Ridgeback dog breed ranges between 51 to 75 pounds.
They tough and hardy dogs are relatively healthy but may be prone to health issues like Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Bloating, Osteochondrosis, Allergies, Ear Infections and other similar problems. Thai Ridgeback dogs also have a tendency to gain weight easily.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of these dogs is generally 12-13 years.
Litter Size: The average Thai Ridgeback litter size is about 5 puppies.
The short and smooth hair coat of a Thai Ridgeback requires minimal grooming. Occasional brushing and combing of the hair coat should be sufficient to remove dead hair and maintain the hair coat in perfect condition.
These dogs are extremely clean and free of doggy odor; therefore, they need to be bathed only when necessary. Other Thai Ridgeback grooming activities include regularly checking and cleaning the eyes and ears, trimming the toenails etc.
Thai Ridgeback temperament is active, alert, loyal, protective, courageous and highly intelligent. These dogs are usually affectionate with their family but tend to be aloof and wary of strangers. Driven by independent and stubborn behavior, these dogs may be difficult to train and hence require dominant owners.
Therefore, they need early training and socialization or else they can develop destructive and aggressive tendencies. Due to strong prey drive, they generally do not get along well with other pets in the house, especially when they have not been introduced properly. Nonetheless, they are good with children, particularly older children. Thai Ridgeback dogs are regarded as excellent watchdogs.
These dogs are best matched with experienced dog owners who have a good understanding of this breed and dog behavior in general. These energetic dogs need to be exercised regularly and hence should be taken for long daily walks. In addition, Thai Ridgeback breed dogs should also be allowed to romp in securely fenced yard.
They are considered suitable for suburban and rural settings as well as apartment situation, as long as their activity needs are fulfilled. They are easy to housebreak. Being tropical dogs, Thai Ridgeback dogs prefer warmer climates and may find it difficult to tolerate extremely cold weather, unless they are adapted to it.