Thai Ridgeback

Thai Ridgeback

Breed Fact

Country of Origin: Thailand
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Female: 51–56 cm, Male: 56–61 cm
Weight: Female: 16–25 kg, Male: 23–34 kg
Color: Black, Fawn, Blue, Red
Life Expectancy: 11 – 13 years
Temperament: Loyal, Independent, Intelligent, Loving, Protective, Familial
Litter Size: 3 - 5 puppies
Health Problems: A very healthy breed.

Brief info: The Thai Ridgeback has been found in eastern Thailand since the Middle Ages. Thai farmers value this breed as guard dogs.

This very protective dog was known simply as "the cart-following dog." The Thai Ridgeback has a loose-skinned, muscular body. Its back is strong, firm and covered with dense hair. Coat colors include: chestnut, black, blue and silver. It has a ridge on its back, formed by hair growing in opposite directions which forms whirls and circles.

The shoulders are strong and muscular. The head is carried high on the firm, strong, clean-cut neck. The muzzle is wedge-shaped and powerful looking. The tongue should be blue or bluish gray. The ears are large, high set, triangular, pricked and inclined forward.

The top of the skull is flat and slopes gently to the stop. The dark-brown eyes are almond-shaped with an alert expression. The nose is black and the tail is thicker at the base tapering to the tip. The ribs are well sprung with no hint of a barrel appearance. The hind legs are long, moderately lean and bend slightly to the stifles.

The back of the neck has extra rolls of skin when the dog is alert. This is particularly noticeable in puppies.