The Thai Ridgeback is a dog breed that originates from Thailand, dating back at least three thousand years.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Thai Ridgeback.
The Thai Ridgeback first appeared in eastern Thailand more than 400 years ago. Used by farmers as guard dogs, watchdogs and hunters, these canines were mostly isolated with few opportunities to crossbreed. Rarely seen in the U.S. and Europe, the Thai Ridgeback is still very popular in Thailand.
The Thai Ridgeback can have as many as eight different ridge patterns formed by hair growing in the opposite direction of the rest of the coat. Patterns include whorls, circles, and even the shape of a guitar.
Because the Thai Ridgeback is a strong and agile dog breed, it needs plenty of exercise. It can be kept indoors or even in an apartment but it has to be taken on long walks daily. You can even set an obstacle course for it in your yard that your Thai Ridgeback can go through everyday so that it won’t get bored. You’ll know it’s bored when it starts barking a lot or wreaking havoc in your home.
4) Big Dog
The Thai Ridgeback is about the size of a German Shepherd, but more heavily built, a truly muscular dog. It grows from 20 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 35 to 75 pounds. That’s heavy.
5) Average Thai Ridgeback
Whilst being determined on the hunt and fearless in safeguarding its family from potential danger, the Ridgeback is otherwise obedient, calm and loyal, adapting well to the home setting. Possessing a natural authority as the original pack leader, the Thai Ridgeback benefits from firm leadership, early socialisation and consistent obedience training in order to settle well into domestic life. In general, a healthy Thai Ridgeback will weigh 23-34 kg depending on its gender, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years when exercised regularly, given constant human companionship, and mentally enriched.
6) Possible Agression
Thai Ridgebacks make excellent companions and family dogs. This is because they crave companionship and easily bond with their owners. They are also outstanding watchdogs that will alert you to the slightest threat but will stay quiet otherwise. Indeed, Thai Ridgebacks are great dogs – if trained well. If not, they have a tendency to become aggressive like other primitive dogs, especially towards unfamiliar people and other dogs. They can also become extremely territorial.
The Thai Ridgeback is a smart dog and a fast learner. The downside to this is they are just as quick to pick up bad habits as they are the good. As previously mentioned, their training must begin early and it has to be consistent and always fair throughout a dog’s life so they understand what's expected of them. They enjoy playing interactive games which includes activities like fetch the ball because they thrive on the attention they are given during their training and it helps reinforce the bond between owner and dog. The key to successfully training a Thai Ridgeback is to make their training as interesting as possible and to avoid too much repetition. It's also a good idea to keep training sessions short which helps dogs stay more focussed on what it’s being asked of them, bearing in mind that the more intelligent a dog is, the faster they get bored, bearing in mind that Thai Ridgebacks are smart dogs that need to be kept busy both mentally and physically for them to be truly happy characters.
8) Prey Drive
Having survived in the wild for a long time, the Thai Ridgeback is good at hunting. In fact, even up to now, it is still used in Thailand to hunt and to keep away snakes and rats. This means that it has a strong prey drive, which in turn, means it has a tendency to see smaller animals as prey and chase after them. If you already have a cat, you’ll need plenty of work to make sure your cat and your Thai Ridgeback get along.
Thai Ridgeback dogs don’t need a lot of grooming. They shed minimally and all you have to do is give them a good comb when they do to get rid of the dead hair. Other than that, just give them a bath once a month or so and they’re good to go. No need to take them to the groomer.
Generally, the Thai Ridgeback is a healthy breed that can live for 12 to 16 years. The only condition you have to watch out for is dermoid sinus, which is the abnormal growth of the neural tubes on the back of the dog’s neck, close to where the ridge begins. Symptoms include lumps or skin openings in the said area, a high body temperature, loss of appetite and difficulty walking.