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Thai Ridgeback

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

The Thai Ridgeback is a rare breed that is smart and loyal with a "tough" persona. Does this sound like a breed for you?

Although popular in eastern Thailand, the Thai Ridgeback is almost unheard of in the United States.

Not a Breed for Just Anyone

The Thai Ridgeback is known to be courageous, brave, and protective. Many farmers in Thailand rely on the Thai Ridgeback to guard their livestock and possessions. The Thai Ridgeback needs an experienced pet-parent because of their protective demeanor.

They will do best in a home that displays strong leadership. This breed is not for the passive personality. The Thai will do well when raised with children that are respectful to them.

Training and More Training

The Thai Ridgeback has a strong assertive personality, and will require early obedience training. They are smart, focused, and can be stubborn. The Thai will do best with positive reinforcement training methods, as they do not respond well to harsh training.

They are known to have active "moments," meaning they don't require hours on end to drain their energy, but a good walk, hike, or run once a day will help keep the Thai's energy level manageable. The Thai has an uncanny ability to jump very high and scale walls. This breed will require a secured fenced in-yard.

If not properly exercised, trained, or socialized, the Thai Ridgeback will develop serious behavioral problems such as aggression, destructiveness, excessive jumping, barking, nipping, and much more.

Can have issues with other dogs

The Thai Ridgeback is considered to be an independent dog that works with its master, but not with a pack of other dogs. They can have temperament traits of being shy, timid, or aggressive. Socialization at a young age will help this breed to be comfortable around other dogs.

Ridgeback Uniqueness

Their name is in part because of the ridge in the middle of their back that runs backwards. They are one of three purebreds that have this distinct trait. The Thai typically has a black tongue, or one that has black spots. Their coat is short and they have no undercoat, which keeps shedding minimal throughout the year. The Thai is typically a good breed for allergy sufferers. The Thai requires infrequent bathing and regular nail trimming should be provided every 8 - 12 weeks.

Health Concerns

The Thai Ridgeback is a very healthy breed due to lack of over-popularity and unscrupulous breeders. They can suffer from dermoid sinus (skin condition).

The average life span of the Thai is 12 - 13 years.

Adopt First

As you begin looking for a Thai Ridgeback, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!


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