The Thai Ridgeback!

Thai Ridgebacks have strong, firm backs covered with hair. They also have a loose-skinned, muscular body. The name Ridgeback comes from a ridge on its back, formed by hair growing in opposite directions, thus creating whorls and circles. They have very strong, muscular shoulders. Their head is carried high atop a firm, strong, clean-cut neck. Thai Ridgebacks also have a powerful-looking muzzle shaped like a wedge. Their tongues are blue or bluish gray in color. The ears are high set, large, pricked and inclined forward. Their dark-brown, almond-shaped eyes have an alert expression. They have a black nose, and a tapering tail – thick at the base and gradually thin at the tip. They have well sprung ribs, long hind legs, and no hint of barrel appearance. When the dog is alert, it shows extra rolls of skin at the back of the neck, particularly evident in puppies.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-13 years

Energy Level:
Can be aggressive..

Living Conditions:
Prefer warm climates; apartments are fine.


Exercise Needs:
Daily 40 minute walk or 20 minute run.

Breed Group:


20-24 inches

50-75 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Chestnut, black, blue, and silver.

National breed club:
American Thai Ridgeback Association

Thai Ridgeback Skills

This breed originated from eastern Thailand and can be found there through the present. Their value as guard dogs are very well appreciated by Farmers in Thailand. They are a very protective breed and were simply known then as the “cart-following dog”.

Thai Ridgeback Personality

This dog requires a dominant owner. They are difficult to train so it is important that the owner understands this particular breed. A poorly raised Thai Ridgeback can be fiercely aggressive and capable of attack at the slightest provocation. Until recently, this breed was relatively unknown except in Eastern Thailand. They are a very rare breed elsewhere. Thai Ridgebacks make a good watchdog. They are also excellent guard and hunting dogs. Tough and active with commendable jumping skills, they can also be perfect companions. They are friendly to the family who owns them but the exact opposite with strangers – distant and aloof.

Exercise Needs

Thai Ridgebacks need a good deal of exercise to keep from being restless.

Living Conditions

This breed is very sensitive to weather conditions. They prefer warm climates, as with their native country, and will not be able to survive in cold places. If given the proper exercise, they can live in an apartment. However, a house with a small to medium yard is a more ideal living set-up for Thai Ridgebacks.

Grooming Requirements

Occasional combing and brushing to remove dead hair is all this breed requires.

Health Issues

A very healthy breed with no major health issues.

If you liked this dog… may also like the Japanese Spitz, which are also good companions like the Thai Ridgeback.


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