Thai Ridgeback Dog

Thai Ridgeback Dog

Thai Ridgeback Dog


The Thai Ridgeback dogs originated in Thailand and are believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds around. They were used as hunters, watchdogs, and protectors of their family. It's very rare to find these dogs outside of Thailand. Because of isolation and no human interaction, these dogs are mostly independent and undomesticated.


Thai Ridgebacks must have stimulation and exercise, and must never get bored or they'll start destroying things. They can live in an apartment if they get enough exercise. However, these dogs are happiest when they have a large fenced yard to run in. Be sure this fence is high enough so they can't jump over. They enjoy walks while securely leashed as well as activities with their family.


Thai Ridgebacks must have weekly care and grooming. Their coat must be combed and brushed regularly to move loose and dead hair. Only bathe when absolutely needed. Give special attention to their ears, teeth and eyes. These dogs don't do well in cooler climates. Health concerns with this dog are Dermoid sinus and hip dysplasia.


Thai Ridgebacks are medium in size and muscular. They're also alert, powerful, fearless, very agile, graceful, unique and athletic. These dogs are quite sensitive to sound and sight, and are brave and magnificent. They adapt easily to all new environments.


There are 2 coat varieties of the Thai Ridgeback. One is a short, straight and hard top coat and a thin underneath coat. The other type is a dense and short coat that looks and feels like velvet. The Thai Ridgeback has a distinctive feature of a ridge of hair on their back that moves in the opposite direction of the dog's coat. There are 8 of these patterns. They're names are leaf, needle, bowling pin, arrow, saddleback, lute, violin and feather. Their coat colors are red, black, fawn and blue. These dogs are light shedders.


Thai Ridgeback dogs are very smart, devoted and loyal, which makes them faithful companions and effective guard dogs. They're cautious of strangers and do better in homes with older well-behaved children. In addition, they don't get on well with other dogs or household pets unless they've been raised with them. They're intensely protective of their family and are aggressive when they perceive a threat. These dogs shouldn't be left alone for very long at a time and don't do well with 2 career families. Only experienced dog owners should have a Thai Ridgeback.


Thai Ridgebacks must receive intense socialization and formal obedience training when they're quite young. Usually, they're fast learners, eager to please, and obedient. Training must be conducted with respect, love, patience, firmness, consistency, and fairness. They excel in agility.