What type of dog is the Thai ridgeback?

The classification of the breed in UKC is sighthound - pariah group and in FCI the Spitz - Primitive group.

Is the Thai Ridgeback a rare breed?

Yes, they are very rare. Only a few are found throughout North America and Europe

How many different colors are there?

The Thai Ridgeback comes in four different colors. Black (dark chocolate brown to true black) , Blue (dark gunmetal to light silvery), Red, and Fawn (Yellow). A TRD should have no markings except black masks in reds and fawns. For show consideration dogs should be of solid color with no white spots or markings.

Does their coat require a lot of maintenance?

No, the the hair grows naturally short. Some have longer, thicker coats up to 2cm long. Their coat requires little grooming other than brushing and bathing.

Does the Thai Ridgeback shed?

All dogs shed. Due to their short hair shedding is minimal and you probably will not notice it. Due to the minimal shedding and odor the Thai Ridgeback is often a choice for people who are allergic to other breeds of dogs.

Are their ears cropped or is their hair cut to look like that?

No, their ears stand naturally and the ridge grows like that naturally.

How large will a Thai Ridgeback grow?

The males are larger than the females, averaging 22 to 24 inches at the withers and weighing 50 to 75 pounds on average. The females average 20 to 22 inches tall and weigh about 35 to 55 pounds fully grown.

How long will they live?

You can expect your Thai Ridgeback to live on average from twelve to sixteen years.

Does the AKC recognize this breed?

No, AKC does not recognize the breed except on a limited basis in their Foundation Stock Service. However the breed is fully recognized by other organizations such as UKC, FCI and ARBA. We also have our breed club Thai Ridgeback Dogs of the USA. www.trdusa.org

Are Thai Ridgebacks easy to train?

Yes and no. They are extremely intelligent and easy to train but hard to make obedient. Provided the right training methods are used, they are good learners and can be trained to do anything. In Thailand there are many obedience shows hosted by the KCTH/FCI. The agility and obedience requirements for the dogs is quite extensive. Comparable to that of the Master Agility Excellence and Obedience Trial Championship titles here in the United States.

Do they make a good house dog?

The Thai Ridgeback is a very clean dog with no odor due to its short coat. They do not salivate a lot or drool. They are generally easy to house break. They will however take over the most comfortable furniture in your house. They will claim your bed, couch, or chair unless you discourage this habit from puppyhood. They are good sized dogs, not so small as to be underneath you, not too big that they are constantly in the way. Their presence is formidable enough to intimidate a prowler. Their upright tail wags in a short radius, not knocking over your house plants or fragile items.

Are they good Guard dogs?

The Thai Ridgeback is an outstanding guard dog. They are a natural watchdog and family protector but they are NOT suitable for protection training because of their independent nature. As a dog owner you should responsibly maintain control over your dog at all times.

Are Thai Ridgebacks noisy?

Thai Ridgebacks tend to bark only for a reason. When they are alerted, startled unexpectedly or when there is something unusual occurring. A dog may tend to bark more if left unattended for long periods of time.

Are they good with children?

Thai Ridgebacks are great with children as long as you socialize them properly. Naturally care and caution should always be taken when dealing with children and animals. An adult should always be present to closely observe a child and an animal together especially with infants. In most cases you need to worry about the children behaving badly more so than the dog. Children should be taught how to behave properly with dogs and other animals. All dogs have teeth and limits to what they will put up with before they use them.

Will I have trouble finding a puppy?

Yes, you may have a difficult time finding a puppy. Litters in the United States are few. You may have to wait some time for a puppy as litters from quality breeders are frequently sold already before they are born. It is likely you will need to travel to pick up your puppy in person because there probably will not be a breeder in your state. The USDA has implemented new rules that do not allow hobby/show breeders to ship puppies any longer unless they become USDA licensed commercial breeders. The requirements for this licensing are too costly for most hobby/show breeders to meet. Be very careful when selecting a breeder. Ask the breeder what they do to determine their dogs are worth breeding. Ask how they determine a pair is a good match for breeding. Do they do medical testing to attempt to reduce heritable defects in their offspring? Ask to see copies of results. Do they show their dogs in conformation or performance events or do therapy work with their dogs to evaluate structure, temperament or working ability? Does the breeder seem knowledgeable about what to expect and how to solve problems? Does the breeder have references from others that have bought puppies and vets they use?  Some of these things may not seem important to someone just looking for a pet but it is evidence that the breeder is actively trying to improve their breeding and preserve the breed. Demand for quality puppies is high and supply is low. Please be patient, do not sacrifice quality in order to obtain a dog faster.

Some things you should know about the Thai Ridgeback breed:

The Thai Ridgeback is not for everyone. They are not Labrador Retrievers. These dogs still possess much of their natural drives. It is in their nature to hunt small animals such as birds and cats. They must be raised with smaller animals from puppyhood to live with them and accept them as family. They are very athletic, love to run, and are able to jump fences if jumping is not discourage from puppyhood. They require daily excercise to keep them from becoming overweight and bored. They are highly intelligent, can be stubborn and crafty and they will require consistent training reinforcement. Care must be taken to socialize them so they do not become shy or aggressiv


Why do Thai Ridgeback puppies cost so much money!?

Thai Ridgebacks are one of the rarest dog breeds in the world. All breeders have to import dogs from Thailand or Europe as most of the dogs here in the US are too closely related. Importing puppies costs thousands and the puppy may not even grow up to be breedable. It takes 2 years to find out. Alternatively we have to take foreign stud via AI. Attempting AI can cost $3-4K and that may not even result in successful pregnancy! These costs are in addition to the thousands of dollars in vet fees for health testing, routine care for mom and puppies and also the equipment and supplies necessary to house and care for a litter properly. My last litter consumed over $900 in food alone. Then there are the numerous hours it takes to raise and care for a litter which often means time taken off of work. Breeding is expensive and even more so in a rare breed when our gene pool is limited.

Are you thinking about Breeding?

That is the question you hear most as an owner of a Thai Ridgeback. They are a pure breed native to Thailand. Thai’s are medium sized dogs, very clean with a velvety low maintenence coat. There are four recognized colors blue, black, red and fawn (yellow) with each color having varying shades. Most striking about their appearance is the ridge growing along the spine that is formed by hair growing in the opposite direction of the rest of the coat. Thai’s are muscular, agile and extremely intelligent. They are affectionate, loyal and make a great family dog.