Active, alert, distrustful of strangers, the Thai ridgeback was bred as a draft and hunting dog. Currently, it plays the role of an accompanying and guard dog. It has a short, dense coat with a strip of inversely growing hair on the back and tail, red, black or blue ointment.
The Thai ridgeback is, next to the more well-known Rhodesian ridgeback , the only FCI registered breed with a ridge on the back of inverted fur. However, there are many differences between the two races.
The much smaller Thai ridgeback is, in terms of appearance and psyche, a typical primitive dog. Rhodesian, on the other hand, was created by crossing European breeds with streaked African dogs, which could have been descendants of Asian dogs.
The basic feature of the Thai ridgeback character, typical of primitive dogs, is its independence. He is said to have a cat-like nature. On the other hand, he is very attached to his human family. However, it does not belong to the dogs of one owner, it is loyal to all members of the domestic herd.
Thai ridgeback is very agile and lively. He loves movement, but will also adapt to a less active lifestyle, provided that we provide him with regular, long walks. At home, he behaves calmly.
There is a very clear difference between a dog and a bitch, both in exterior and appearance. The dog is much larger and more independent. Bitches, in turn, are much softer, they love to cuddle and get on their knees. Thai ridgebacks are also known for their passion for sleeping, especially in the warm bed of the owner.
The Thai ridgeback, due to the strong instinct to chase animals, was used primarily as a hunting dog, as well as a guardian. He is alert but not aggressive. Perfectly fulfills the role of an “alarm bell”. Perfect for a cyclist companion or a jogger. Works well in agility.
Thai ridgeback. Training and education
He is a tough and sensitive dog. Harsh treatment and traditionally understood training disastrously affect his psyche. Then it completely encloses itself and loses contact with people.
Every owner should accept the fact that his dog will never be as obedient as the German Shepherd. Ridgebacks are usually not unleashed because they like to go on longer trips.
Who is this race for?
The Thai ridgeback company will be enjoyed by a person who values natural beauty and does not require blind obedience. Due to the very short hair, as well as the need for human closeness, the breed is absolutely not suitable for a penny lifestyle.
Thai ridgeback. Advantages and disadvantages
- stubborn and independent
- it is not easy to teach him to call
- males tend to be dominant
- has a strong hunting instinct
- healthy and resilient
- attached and affectionate towards the family
- he likes to cuddle
- easy to care for
These dogs generally enjoy very good health, although sometimes they develop a genetic disease called a dermoid sinus. It can lead to serious infections or even death of a dog.
In addition, some dogs with light-colored (blue, Isabel) may have problems with the coat and skin, so-called Color Dilution Alopecia. As well as many breeds, dysplasia of the hip and elbow joints also occurs.
The Thai ridgeback is not overly demanding in this respect. Remember to increase your energy intake in winter, because this short-haired dog freezes easily.
It is uncomplicated, just brush the dog from time to time with a rubber comb.
Thai ridgeback. History
It is not possible to determine exactly when the breed was created. It is known that dogs of this type have been known in East Asia for centuries. Description of the ridgeback we find in a 17th-century Thai document. Striped dogs occurred in Thailand (considered the cradle of the breed), Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.
These Asian dogs can have a streak of varying shapes and sizes. Sometimes the entire back is covered with hair growing in the opposite direction. The number of “crowns” (specifically arranged hair on the ridged border) varies. However, the modern pattern recognizes eight basic shapes of the stripe.
Thai ridgeback – group V FCI, section 7, reference number 338
- Country of origin: Thailand
- Date of FCI recognition: 1993
- General impression: Medium-sized dog, short-haired, with a strip of inversely growing hair on the back. The construction indicates excellent physical fitness.
- Temperament: Fearless, active, shows tenderness and affection to the owners.
- Head: The ratio of the length of the muzzle to the skull as 2: 3. Skull flat, moderate stop, with a slight slope. A wedge-shaped muzzle with a straight back. Close-fitting lips. Black marked language. Scissor bite. Medium-sized eyes, almond-shaped. Eye color is dark brown, in blue and silver individuals it may be amber. Ears set high, but quite broad, erect.
- Body: Length to height ratio 11:10. Strong back. Belly slightly tucked up.
- Limbs: Forelegs straight, hindlegs well muscled.
- Tail: Carried high. Straight or saber-curved.
- Coat: Short, hard and smooth hair. There is a ridge on the ridge formed from hair growing in the opposite direction. The beginning of the ridge slightly behind the withers, the end (maximum) at the height of the hips. The bar may have a different lengths and shapes.
- Color: Red with or without a black mask, black, blue, very light fawn (isabel).
- Dimensions: dogs: 56-61 cm, bitches: 51-56 cm. Tolerance approx. +/- 1.5 cm.
- Lifespan: approx. 12-14 years
The Asian Thai Ridgeback Club distinguishes between 9 colors (including white – very rare), while in the FCI standard there are only four and three hair lengths:
- short hair (up to 2.5 cm)
- velvet hair (very short, soft, soft to the touch)
- long hair (once very common in blue Thai ridgebacks.
Some also distinguish nine types of bar shapes, including shape: needles, saddles, lute, violin, arrows, leaf.