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Thai Ridgeback Puppies
Description: The Thai Ridgeback is found mainly in Thailand. They are very intelligent dogs, which tend to have a mind of their own. Thai Ridgebacks are independent, somewhat undomesticated, and naturally protective of their own. The Thai Ridgeback is very intelligent and tough. Unfortunate to some, they can often be aggressive with other dogs and with strange people. The Thai Ridgeback is a medium sized dog, it has a wedged-shaped head, pricked ears with a short coat. It’s one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Thai Ridgebacks have an interesting look to them, looking almost like they have been pushed back into their own skin, making it wrinkly around the neck and face. The Thai Ridgeback can be a variety of colors, being chestnut, red, blue, fawn or black. Some have been white as well, but it is rare. Thought to be the perfect mix of a spitz-type dog and a primitive breed, the Thai Ridgeback is a classic example of the results of isolated breeds. They are only one of three breeds every discovered to have a ridge of hair growing in the opposite direction on the back: the Rhodesian Ridgeback of Africa, and the Phu Quoc Dog of Vietnam. Thai Ridgebacks have up to eight different types of ridges along their backs, and some Ridgebacks are actually born without ridges or with plush coats! With a spotted or completely blue or black tongue, the Thai Ridgeback is truly a unique breed.
Other Names: Mah Thai Lung Ahn, TRD
Height: 18 - 26 inches.
Color: Light chestnut, red, black, fawn,
silver or blue. Some have been recorded as white. All solid colors.
Temperament: Intelligent and protective
dogs, the Thai Ridgebacks have primitive instincts. They can be wary with strangers,
and are not averse to a scrap with their fellows as well as people they do not
know. They are tough as well, being somewhat undomesticated for many years.
They have been known to kill cobras. They are independent. They are excellent
jumpers and exercise this trait. They are excellent guard dogs and excellent watch
dogs. They do well at hunting as well as simply being a companion. They can
be difficult to train, are very active and lively.
Care and Exercise: Daily exercise with
little grooming such as brushing occasionally will keep the coat looking smooth
and remove dead hairs.
Activity: Medium. They have considerable
stamina; they are very active and agile. They are more tentative around strangers.
Health Issues: Prone to allergies, ear infections and obesity. Some common diseases and disorders are hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, osteochondrosis, dermoid sinus, and gastric torsion (bloat). Bloat is a deadly health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer. It is also known as twisted stomach, and dogs with deep chests are more susceptible to it.
Life Span: 8 - 12 years.
Country of Origin: Thailand
First Registered by the AKC: FSS (Foundation
Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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