American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Thai Ridgeback


History

Developed thousands of years ago in Thailand, the Thai Ridgeback was used for protection and guarding. This breed has an extremely strong, natural instinct to protect their family no matter what. This breed is gaining popularity in the United States today.

Appearance

The Thai Ridgeback is a large size breed with males and females measuring 20-24 inches in height and up to 75 pounds in weight. This breed has a broad, wedge shaped head that forms into a rectangular muzzle. The space between their ears has extra skin and wrinkles, as their two ears are large in size, thin and triangular in shape, standing firm at the top of their head. Their two eyes are small and almond in shape, generally a light amber to dark hazel in color, typically matching their coat. Their tail is medium in length, thick and tapers to a point. Their coat is thick and short in length, available in chestnut, black, blue and silver.

Temperament

The Thai Ridgeback is a courageous, fearless, loyal, devoted and loving breed who also has unknown hunting and working talents within them. This breed is very reserved and questionable of strangers due to their natural instincts, and generally only accepts their close family. This breed creates a very strong bond with their family members and feels as though their job is to protect you. This breed requires a very firm and confident owner who is able to remain back leader at all times and set early rules and boundaries. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended. This breed is recommended to be in adult only homes without other pets, as without proper leadership on a consistent basis, this breed can be aggressive at times.

Grooming

This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Thai Ridgeback prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new addition. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard or proper fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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