Original Name : Thai Ridgeback Dog
Type : Lupoid
Male size : 22-24 inches
Female size : 22-24 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Thailand
These tough, active dogs, excellent jumpers by the by, make very loyal companions. Medium-sized, with a ridge of hair on the back, their body is slightly longer than the height at the withers. They have well developed muscles and a build that is well suited to their activities.
Flat skull between the ears, but slightly rounded viewed from the side. Wrinkled forehead when the dog is attentive, clearly defined but moderate stop.
Solid, straight back, strong, broad loins, moderately sloping croup.
Solid red, black, blue or very light fawn, black mask is preferable in red coats.
Set on the side of the head, triangular and medium-sized.
Thick at the base, gradually tapering to the tip.
Short and smooth, ridge at the top formed by hairs that run counter to the rest of the coat.
Thai Ridgebacks belong to an old breed cited in documents from many hundreds of years ago. They were mainly used for hunting in the eastern part of Thailand, although they were also used to protect carts during transport and to guard. Poor communication in the region meant that crossbreeding was rare, so they retained their purity for many years. It is one of only two recognized breeds with a ridgeback.
Few breeds can claim such continuity in terms of type and build. Thai Ridgebacks have not gone through the usual gamut of crossings so often needed to obtain the sought-after characteristics of a specific breed.