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The Thai Ridgeback is a rare
dog. The breed was formerly
unknown outside of Thailand, but is gaining notice in the western world. Very
small numbers of the Thai Ridgeback exist in the U.S. The Thai Ridgeback is one
of only three breeds that has a ridge of hair that runs along its back in the
opposite direction to the rest of the coat. They are also known as a TRD, Mah
Thai, or Mah Thai Lang Ahn.
The Thai Ridgeback is a muscular, medium-sized pariah-type dog with a
wedge-shaped head, triangular-shaped prick ears, and a short, smooth coat. It
has a pronounced ridge on its back from behind the withers to the hips. Thai
Ridgebacks have muscular thighs and a streamlined body, making them an extremely
agile. The tail is carried vertically or curved like a sickle. Its forehead
wrinkles with enormous expression. The tongue can be black or have black marks.
Eyes are dark and almond-shaped. The ears are set low and point slightly
outward, and are never cropped. The back is straight and level. The coat is
short, hard, and straight and can be solid colors of blue, black, red, or fawn.
The Thai Ridgeback is a clean breed who sheds very little. Shoulder height
should be 22-24 inches (56-61 cm) in males and 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) in
females. The weight should be 19-24 kilograms (42-53 pounds) in males, and 17-22
kilograms (37-48 pounds) in females.
The origin of the Thai Ridgeback is unknown, but the breed was developed in
eastern Thailand. The history of the breed is the subject of numerous theories.
It is generally considered a Pariah-type dating back to ancient times. The Thai
Ridgeback may have mutated from another Thai dog of similar appearance but with
no ridged back. Thai Ridgebacks were originally used for hunting and guarding.
Descriptions of the breed can be found in written references dating back to the
17th century. The Thai Ridgeback was used for hunting and as a guard dog. The
relationship between the Thai Ridgeback and the Rhodesian Ridgeback is uncertain
and there is no scientific proof that they are related. The breed is still very
rare outside of Thailand.
Thai Ridgebacks are an intelligent and obedient breed. Due to isolation and
lack of human contact, the Thai Ridgeback remains an independent and largely
undomesticated breed. They are naturally protective of their home and family and
can be aggressive with other dogs. They have a strong hunting instinct.
Like many large dogs, the Thai Ridgeback may be prone to hip
dysplasia. They are
also prone to
dermoid sinus cysts.
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