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Thai Ridgeback Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Thai Ridgeback so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginThailand
Other Names
What other names does the Thai Ridgeback have? The dog breed also known as...
Mah Thai, Thai Dog, Mah Thai Lung Arn
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Thai Ridgeback recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Thai Ridgeback recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Primitive type - Hunting Dogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Thai Ridgeback breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Thai Ridgeback puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Thai Ridgeback price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Thai Ridgeback, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Thai Ridgeback for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Thai Ridgeback gets to a happy place.

History

The Thai Ridgeback is a very ancient breed dating back to 4000 years according to archaeological drawings. It is believed that the breed originates from the isolated Islands of Western Thailand. Moreover, the Thai Ridgeback is considered to be a “pariah-type” dog, a term used to describe part-wild, free-range dogs that live on the outskirts of human civilization and reproduce almost entirely by natural selection. Pariah dogs, just like the Thai Ridgeback, have remained much the same over time because there were fewer opportunities for them to breed with different types of dogs. However, it is not 100% clear whether the Thai Ridgeback actually evolved from Asian pariah dogs, but some evidence found from the 17th century suggests that. The earliest written documentation seems to come from an ancient manuscript of the period of King Sonthan of Ayutthaya (1611-1628) who described the breed as follows; “The dogs are big, they appear in a variety of colors. They are fierce. They are loyal to their masters.” “When they catch an animal they will bring it to their masters.” This also shows that the Thai Ridgebacks were originally used for hunting. They hunted wild boar, deer, tapirs, and birds. They were also used to escort carts alongside their masters, which were the mode of transport in Thailand at that time.

Furthermore, it has only been with the introduction of modern-day transport that these dogs have begun to get more widely publicized and recognized around Thailand and the western world. However, intense deforestation throughout Thailand has destroyed most hunting habitats and the Thai Ridgebacks were no longer used in the same way. Nowadays they seem to be used mainly for guarding their master’s family and property. It is considered a real status symbol to own a Thai Ridgeback in Thailand. Especially the government, military, and police officials seem to be keen enthusiasts of this breed.

Moreover, the Dog Association of Thailand was founded in 1976 and recognized the indigenous Thai Ridgeback as an official breed. There have been many speculations regarding their numbers in Thailand, but not all of them are registered. In 2002 the actual recorded number was only 367 in the Kennel Club of Thailand. The first one to be exported out of Thailand was in 1990 by ray Mersmann from Hilland with his blue male called Hintza. A few years later, they were also brought to the United States, in 1994, by a rare dog breed enthusiast Jack Sterling. The breed has been a member of the AKC’s Foundational Stock service since 1997 and has been designated part of the Hound group.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Thai Ridgeback size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Thai Ridgeback weigh? Thai Ridgeback weight:
51-75 pounds (23-34 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Thai Ridgeback? Thai Ridgeback average weight:
63 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Thai Ridgeback? Thai Ridgeback height:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-60 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Thai Ridgeback average height:
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Thai Ridgeback have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Thai Ridgeback's coat?
BrindleRedBlue BrownWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Thai Ridgeback and how often?
Effortless: The Thai Ridgeback requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Thai Ridgeback is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Thai Ridgeback dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Mah Thai? Thai Ridgeback shedding level:
Thai Ridgebacks shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Thai Ridgeback have? What characteristics does the breed have?
FamiliarIntelligentLoyalIndependentLovingProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Thai Ridgeback? Are they intelligent?
Average: Thai Ridgeback's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Thai Ridgeback dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Thai Ridgebacks aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Thai Ridgebacks, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Thai Ridgeback sensitivity:
Thai Ridgebacks don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Thai Ridgebacks may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owners emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Mah Thai need? Thai Ridgeback social needs:
Thai Ridgebacks need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Thai Ridgeback dogs bark a lot? Why does my Thai Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Thai Ridgeback rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Thai Ridgeback good as a watchdog?
Thai Ridgebacks are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Thai Ridgeback dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Thai Ridgebacks can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Thai Ridgeback bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Mah Thai? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Thai Ridgeback? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Thai Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Thai Ridgeback do?
Thai Ridgebacks have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Thai Ridgebacks need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Thai Ridgeback to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Thai Ridgeback roam?
Thai Ridgebacks have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Thai Ridgeback have high prey drive?
Thai Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Thai Ridgeback dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Thai Ridgeback good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Thai Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Thai Ridgebacks adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Thai Ridgeback dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Thai Ridgebacks are not stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Thai Ridgeback dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Thai Ridgeback and children:
Thai Ridgebacks are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Thai Ridgeback dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Thai Ridgebacks are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Thai Ridgeback good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Thai Ridgeback dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Thai Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Thai Ridgeback is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Thai Ridgebacks good office dogs? Do Thai Ridgebacks make good office friendly dogs? Can Thai Ridgebacks be office dogs?
No
Thai Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Thai Ridgeback dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Mah Thai temperament with senior people? Are Thai Ridgeback dogs good for elderly owners?
Thai Ridgebacks are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Thai Ridgeback dogs get along with other pets? Are Thai Ridgeback dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Thai Ridgebacks do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Thai Ridgeback breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Thai Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Thai Ridgeback be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Thai Ridgeback is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Thai Ridgeback be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Thai Ridgeback is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Thai Ridgeback be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Thai Ridgeback is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Thai Ridgeback be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Thai Ridgeback is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Thai Ridgeback be a boat dog?
Not really
Thai Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Thai Ridgeback be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Thai Ridgeback is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Thai Ridgeback dogs have health problems?
Thai Ridgebacks tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Thai Ridgeback dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Thai Ridgeback be?
11-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Thai Ridgeback breed hypoallergenic?
No
Thai Ridgebacks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Thai Ridgeback have?
Thai Ridgebacks have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Thai Ridgeback dogs require per day?
Thai Ridgebacks need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Thai Ridgebacks are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Thai Ridgeback need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Thai Ridgeback risk for obesity:
Average. The Thai Ridgeback has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Thai Ridgeback's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Thai Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Thai Ridgeback drool?
The Thai Ridgeback is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Thai Ridgeback could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Thai Ridgeback. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Thai Ridgeback pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Thai Ridgeback pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Thai Ridgeback: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Thai Ridgeback have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Thai Ridgeback have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-5 puppies

Pros & Cons of Thai Ridgeback

Pros
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Thai Ridgeback requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Thai Ridgeback is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Thai Ridgebacks adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Thai Ridgebacks are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Thai Ridgebacks are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: Thai Ridgebacks aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Health Issues: Thai Ridgebacks tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Thai Ridgebacks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Watchdog Ability: Thai Ridgebacks are not the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Thai Ridgebacks have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Cat Friendly: Thai Ridgebacks are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Thai Ridgebacks are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Thai Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Thai Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • TRD first of few

    Dec 9, 2019, 10:09:53 AM:

    These are not kid friendly dogs.