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Short History of the BreedThe origin of the Thai Ridgeback is undocumented, but the breed was developed in eastern Thailand. The history of the breed is the subject of numerous hypotheses. It is generally considered a Pariah-type dating back to ancient times. Rock art indicated that Thai dogs had accompanied a hunter since the new stone age of the country (over 2,000 years ago).
Physical Description and Size
TemperamentThai Ridgebacks are an intelligent breed. The energy level is typically medium, with most of the day spent lounging and activity periods occurring in sporadic bursts. Well bred and properly socialized Thai Ridgebacks make loyal, loving family pets. They are naturally protective of their home and family and can be aggressive or shy when not properly socialized. They are best kept by dominant owners who have a thorough understanding of dog behavior. Because of prior geographic isolation and lack of human contact, the Thai Ridgeback remains independent minded and much of the original natural instinct and drives remain intact, particularly prey drive. Due to its nature, the Thai Ridgeback is not recommended for the novice dog handler unless you seek training guidance from a professional with an understanding of primitive breeds. They have an excellent jumping ability and may seek to roam if not properly contained.
Dog CareGrooming requirement for Thai Ridgebacks is low. Due to the length and density of the coat shedding is minimal, occurring once or twice yearly. Because this breed does not have an undercoat the hair does not usually bother people allergic to other breeds of dogs. This breed requires regular periods of exercise. Training methods should be positive reinforcement based as the breed does not respond well to heavy handed training.
Health Issues and Life ExpectancyThai ridgebacks are a hardy, overall healthy breed with few inherent heath issues. The breed has reproduced in Thailand almost exclusively by natural selection until the very recent past. The domesticated population is small. Thai Ridgeback Dogs are prone to dermoid sinus. Modern lines of Thai Ridgeback, resulting from interpopulation crosses, may also be prone to hip dysplasia and other genetic disorders. When more data has been collected by the organizations that compile this information the extent of this will become more clear. Thai Ridgebacks have an average lifespan of 12-15 years.
Additional ResourcesUSA Breed Club: Thai Ridgeback Dogs of the USA
Rescue: Thai Ridgeback Rescue Network
Thai Ridgebacks on WikiFido
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