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Breed origin: Thailand
Original purpose: Used as a sentry dog, a carting dog, and also used to hunt small vermin, cobras, and wild boar.
AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service
Weight: males 45 to 55 lbs;
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Blue, black, fawn, red, or red with a black mask.
The Thai Ridgeback is independent, exceptionally intelligent, active, tenacious, and protective. Dominant and independent thinkers, they have been described as unruly children, tend to keep pushing their limits, and are not suitable for first-time owners. They can have either solid black/blue tongues, or tongues with black spots. They are excellent jumpers and can be escape artists, so must be kept indoors or in a very securely fenced area with a high fence. They are exceptionally clean dogs and most do not like to get wet. They are generally very quiet, only barking when necessary. They have a strong guarding instinct as well as a strong hunting instinct, and will chase small animals including cats. Some purebred Thai Ridgebacks are born without a ridge or with a plush coat. Those individuals should not be bred.
Good with children?
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Yes if properly socialized with them.
Good with cats?
OK for inexperienced owners?
Easy to train?
The short and dense single coat sheds little. Brush occasionally and bathe only as needed.
Known health problems:
Dermoid sinus, hip dysplasia.
Additional photos of Thai Ridgeback
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Association of Thai Ridgeback Owners and Fanciers
Wikipedia breed information page