Here you will find more information about this rare breed


The Thai Ridgeback is a breed that belongs to the so-called „primitive or original breeds”. It has first been mentioned in a documentary in the eastern part of Thailand more than 350 years ago.


At that time there were hardly any transport possibilities in this part of the country and therefore no mixing with other races could happen.

Originally, the Thailand Ridgeback was also used as a watchdog and companion of the wagons in addition to hunting.


The nature, temperament and character of this breed:


The Thailand Ridgeback is not so domesticated and adapted to life with us humans. Therefore, it behaves in a much more original way than many other races. The communication of this race is much finer, more diverse and differentiated.


This often leads to misunderstandings within the dog-human communication and thus in the interpretation. Many people, as well as many domesticated races, often do not understand the finely nuanced body language, facial expressions and the diverse vocalizations of the Thai.

The Thailand Ridgeback has largely preserved its way of life and survivability. His character is courageously alerted, self-reliant, self-confident and extraordinarily intelligent.


At the same time, he has a mixture of curiosity, caution and sensitivity. These are all things he needs to survive as a primal dog in the wild.

He is considered a very good jumper and as a dog standing in the origin, he can procure himself his prey (e.g. he does not need us humans to survive! The Thai is a hunting dog, a sight-hunter. When hunting, he is fast, agile and sure-footed. For this reason, many Thais cannot get off the leash. Personally, I'm lucky enough to be able to run my dog ​​without a leash.


New and unknown things and situations are carefully examined by most Thais. This behavior is called fear by many people. Where the dog wants to get a first impression of the situation.


It is important for this breed to have the opportunity to retreat at any time. Most Thais love to explore and get to know their everyday life with their people. Because of its natural caution, socialization is the building block of everything.The breed learns very fast and well. But sometimes his stubbornness stands in the way. Here, its owner is in demand again with patience, encouragement and consistency to support and educate the dog.The Thai very friendly to people he knows and he likes is.


Many are reserved and carefull in front of strangers. Through his natural initial restraint, it is important to give this breed time to get in touch with humans (including other things) on their own. I am fascinated by his ease of assessment in many situations and of strangers. And my dog ​​has taught me to control my body tension and language in our common handling and to correct it if necessary.This also shows that the Thai cannot be educated with pressure. He likes to get his own impression of things.


So it is important to be consistent in education. The breed sometimes behaves in the house / apartment similar like a cat.The nreed will live in a balanced ways under the roof together with its owners in a calm manner and in a good mood. He is also known as a breed that hardly barks. What I can confirm from my own experience. If the Thai is on the side of its owner, he is a faithful and a reliable companion.

As a family dog, I would recommend the Thai after very consequent socialization. The liveliness and spontaneity of young children particularly, as well as the volume and pitch thereof, are sometimes suspect to many Thais, so having a Thai with young children needs carefulness.


Important here is the insight of the parents to know the dog in its essence and to understand ist behaviour. In this way, you can show your children how to handle your dog at an early stage.


If everything is prepared and implemented with patience, love and structure, then all doors are open to the common family happiness.

The Thailand Ridgeback is not a working dog. Therefore, the big challenge for me is to see what each one likes and where his inclinations are. Dog sport offers many facets, from agility to obidience, mantrailing or even dog scooters.


My bitch does e.g. like Obidience and my male is very athletic and always wants to make everything right and I like it. He loves the sport and the movement. I perform agility with him.


This breed of dog is so fascinating as it challenges much: the interesting thing is that the dog is constantly questioning what his human is doing and doing and whether it is good.


Your Thai will notice if you know what you are doing and he will accept your fair and consistent lead as a pack leader. The Thailand Ridgeback is strong in character with a great personality.


His expansive movements are elegant, as is the Thai was flying over the floor.


The Thai is a medium-sized dog with a short, mostly soft coat. The males are in the standard between 56-61cm and the bitch 51-56cm, with a weight of about 23-34kg. The coat is opposite on the back, mostly on the rerist to the hips. This is the so-called Ridge. The ridge should be clean and as symmetrical as possible.

Origin of the breed

The Thai Ridgeback comes from Eastern Thailand, where the breed was largely isolated from other races. The breed type was mentioned 350 years ago in Thai document, according to a document with which the Japanese Kennel Club, as the lead section of the Asiatic Kennel Union in 1990, first applied for recognition of this breed.


It is also stated there: "The dog was mainly in the east of Thailand for hunting, but also kept as a guard dog. The dog was a companion of the carters. Transportation was bad to partly impossible in the eastern part and so it was not mixed with other races.


The origin of the Asian dogs is assumed on the island Phu Quoc in the gulf of Thailand. Whether a connection to the Rhodesian Ridgeback exists, could not be proven so far. Dogs with Ridge were also in other places in Asia.


FCI standard No. 338

Group 5: Tip and dogs of the original type

Section 7: Urtyp - dogs for hunting use

Without a working test

Origin: Thailand



Male: 56-61 cm

Bitches: 51-56 cm

(each ± ​​2.5 cm)


Use of this breed


The Thai Ridgeback is a sight hunter, alert, fast and agile, very sure-footed in the most difficult terrain and has excellent jumping ability. Originally, the breed was used in addition to hunting as a guard dog and companion of the wagons. In the FCI breed standard, which describes the ideal image of the breed, the Thai Ridgeback is called a loyal family dog.


The Thai Ridgeback is a short-haired dog with smooth, soft, velvety fur. The shape of the ridge (hair grows opposite the normal direction of hair growth on the back, starting from the shoulder to the hip bones) is characterized by 8 ridge shapes. Attention is paid to a uniformly marked ridge (symmetrical).


The coat color is red, black, blue and very pale violet (Isabela), red preferably with black mask. The triangular standing ears are medium sized and set high on the head. The tail, which is thick close to the back (at the base of the tail) and thins towards the tip, is supported vertically in a slight curve and darkens towards the tail end.


The frescoes found in Thailand by archaeologists are about 2000-3000 years old. There, the dogs are described with sickle-shaped tail and ears. It indicates that Thai Ridgebacks existed even before the time of Thailand.




TRANSLATION: Dr. med. J.-M. Paschoud and Harry G. Hinckeldeyn, reviewed by Mrs. Elke Peper.


ORIGIN: Thailand.


USE: hunting and companion dog.




CLASSIFICATION FCI: Group 5 top and basic type dogs.


Section 7 primitive dogs for hunting Use.


Without a working test.


BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Thai Ridgeback is an ancient race, which is already mentioned in about 350 years old archaeological documents of Thailand. These dogs were used in the eastern part of Thailand mainly for hunting. In addition, they served humans as companions of their wagons and watchdogs. The breed remained in the original state for many years, as in the east of Thailand, the transport options were underdeveloped. So there was little opportunity to cross this breed with other breeds.


GENERAL APPEARANCE: Medium sized dog with short hair that forms a ridge along the back. His body length slightly exceeds the height at the withers. The muscles are well developed; his physique allows him every activity.



Body length: withers height = 11:10

Breast depth: withers height = 1: 2


BEHAVIOR / TEMPERAMENT: Robust and lively, with excellent jumping ability. Loyal family dog.





Skull: Flat between the ears, slightly rounded from the side.

Forehead: covered with wrinkles when attentive.

Stop: Clearly recognizable, but moderately pronounced.



Nose Sponge: Black. With blue coat color, the nose is bluish.

Nose ridge: straight and long.

Muzzle: Wedge-shaped, a bit shorter than the top of the head.

Lips: Tight fitting, well pigmented.

Mouth: tongue preferably black spotted.

Jaw: Upper and lower jaw are strong.

Teeth: white and strong, scissor bite.

Eyes: Of medium size, almond-shaped. Dark brown. Dogs with a blue coat color may have amber eyes.

Ears: Set on the side of the skull. Of medium size, triangular; tilted forward, straightened up. Not cropped.


NECK: Medium long, strong, muscular, slightly bent, carrying the head high.



Back: strong and straight.

Loins: Strong and wide.

Croup: moderately sloping.

Chest: Deep enough to reach down to the elbows. Ribs well bent, but not barrel-shaped.

Lower profile line: well raised stomach.


TAIL: Thick at the base, gradually tapering towards the tip. The tip can reach to the hocks. The tail is carried vertically upright in slight curvature.





Shoulder: Slanted backwards.

Forearm: Straight.

Pastern: Straight seen from the front, slightly tilted from the side.

Paws: oval.

Toenails: Black, lighter depending on coat color.



Thigh: Well developed; with well bent knees.

Hocks: Strong, low above the ground.

Hocks: Seen straight from behind and parallel.

Paws: oval.


GAIT / MOVEMENT: Space-taking step, with the body moving neither up nor down nor sideways. Footed parallel at normal speed. Seen from the front, the forelimbs move back and forth in a straight line, so that the shoulder, elbow and forefoot root joints lie approximately on one level. Seen from the back, the knee and hock joints are approximately on an imaginary vertical line. The movement is directed straight forward, with the paws are thrown neither inward nor outward, so that the step space and the thrust is powerful. The movement should be rhythmically fluid and harmonious overall.


SKIN: supple and thin, tight fitting; no dewing at the throat.



HAIR: Short and smooth. The ridge (hair comb) on top of the body is made of hair growing in a direction opposite to the rest of the coat; he should settle clearly from the rest of his hair. The ridge occurs in different shapes and lengths, but it must be symmetrical on both sides of the spine and must not extend beyond the width of the spine. Hair swirls on the front end of the ridge are acceptable.

COLOR: Monochrome: red, black, blue and very pale violet ("isabella"); Red preferably with black mask.



Ideal height at withers: Male: 56-61 cm (22-24 inches),

Bitches: 51-56 cm (20-22 inches).

There is a tolerance of +/- 2.5 cm (1 inch).


ERRORS: Any deviation from the above points must be considered as a mistake, the evaluation of which should be in proportion to the degree of deviation and its influence on the health and well-being of the dog.

Any dentition other than a scissor bite.

Uneven Ridge.



Aggressive or anxious.

dogs without ridge.

Long hair.

Dogs with significant physical abnormalities or behavioral disorders must be disqualified.

N.B. : Males must have two apparently normal testicles that are completely in the scrotum.





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