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Thai Ridgeback: Temperament, Exercise, Grooming, Health

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About Thai Ridgeback

Country of Origin, History of Thai Ridgebacks

The origin of the Thai Ridgeback is undocumented, but the breed was developed in eastern Thailand. It is generally considered a Pariah-type dating back to ancient times. The Thai Ridgeback may have mutated from another form of Thai dog that has similar appearance.

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A General Description of the Dog

The Thai Ridgeback has a loose-skinned, muscular, medium-sized body. Its back is strong, firm, and covered with dense hair.


The Thai Ridgeback coat comes in two distinct varieties. The first type consists of a hard, short, and straight outer coat with a very thin under coat. The second type consists of a short, dense coat that has an appearance and texture of velvet.

Coat Color

Coat colors include: chestnut, black, blue, fawn and silver. It has a ridge on its back, formed by hair growing in opposite directions which forms whorls and circles.


Males 22-24 inches (56-60 cm.)
Females 20-22 inches (51-56)


51-75 pounds (23-34 kg.)

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Thai Ridgeback Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

Thai Ridgeback Activity Level

The active and athletic Thai Ridgeback thrives on exercise and stimulation, and should be taken on daily long walks. It is extremely important that this breed does not become bored, as they will be highly destructive. They benefit from going on securely leashed walks, enjoy all family activities and jumping.

Thai Ridgebacks require formal obedience training as well as intense and extensive socialization. They are generally quick to learn, obedient, and eager to please their master. They are easy to housebreak. Training must be done with love, respect, firmness, fairness, consistency, and patience. This breed excels in agility.


The Thai Ridgeback sheds little and does not need a lot of grooming. An occasional combing and brushing to remove the dead hair will do. Bathing should be done only when necessary. Special attention should be given to the eyes, ears, and teeth.

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Health and Care

A very healthy and robust breed, although they may be prone to hip dysplasia, entropion and dermoid sinus.

National Breed Clubs

Life Expectancy: About 12-13 years.

Group: Hunting Dog.

AKC Popularity Ranking: Foundation Stock Service.

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