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Thai Ridgeback


Thai Ridgeback Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 21" - 24.5"
  • Weight
  • 37-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Blue
    • Fawn
    • Red
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Can be trained for defense
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

None known.


The Thai ridgeback is believed to have originated in eastern Thailand.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1600's as the breed we know today.


There is very limited information as to the history and origins of this breed. It is believed to have existed since ancient times, however, it did not become the dog we know today until the 1600's. It is most common in Eastern Thailand where it is used for hunting and guarding. It is a rare dog, but becoming more popular in the U.S.


The Thai ridgeback is a medium size, muscular dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. It has a wedge shaped muzzle; large, erect, triangular ears; and dark, almond shaped eyes. It has a short, smooth coat with a ridge along the back that is formed by hair growing in the opposite direction. It mat be chestnut, red, blue, fawn or black.


The Thai ridgeback is a tough and protective dog. It is often dog aggressive.


This breed has been used as a hunter, a companion and a guard. Today it is primarily used as a guard and companion, especially outside of Thailand.

Health Concerns

Dermoid sinus.

Additional Information

This dog does best with a dog experienced owner. Be sure to incorporate socialization into your pup's training and continue throughout its lifetime.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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