Thai Ridgeback is an ancient breed found in Thailand’s archeological documents around 360 years earlier. The local people used the tough dog for hunting in country’s eastern part. It was also used to escort carts and as a guard dog. Due to poor transportation
The people hardly know it, and it did not have chances to cross with other breeds. Presently, it is rarely found outside the country, Thailand.
Temperament & Personality
They were used as working dogs in ancient times, but presently they are used as companion dogs, but they do have the same instincts for which they were used guarding and hunting. They are self-sufficient, independent and they tend to hunt for their food. This aptitude increases their prey drive, intelligence level and provides them robust survival dispositions. But with proper training, they can be loving, loyal and best companion dogs. Due to its guarding instinct, it is naturally protecting its property. It is very suspicious of strangers and stay very reserved. They do well with a consistent, patient and experienced owner who has excellent dog behavior knowledge. They are not perfect for apartment life and first-time dog owners.
Their high energy requires high exercising routine. Exercising options include playtime in a fenced yard or a Dogs Park, Long walks several times a day, jogging, etc. Indoor activities like chasing a ball hide and seek, learning new tricks, etc. Other activities like hiking, swimming, flying discs, retrieving discs offer a good outlet to release energy. During odd weathers, walks or games inside the house will keep them happy. Teaching them dog sports that includes obedience, agility, and command can be an excellent way to give them proper exercise.
They have a hard, short which do not require heavy grooming. Brushing to remove dead hairs once a week followed by occasional bath will be adequate to keep them clean. But during their shedding time, one needs to brush them every day to remove loose furs.
Trim their fast growing and strong nails when they overgrow to avoid cracking, splitting and overgrowth. If they have tear stains, clean it with a damp, wet towel. They can get ear infections due to water, dirt buildup and needs regular checking to prevent infections and pain. Clean their ears with Vet prescribed ear solution. Brushing their teeth twice a week prevents tartar development and hinders oral problems.
Most of these dogs are healthy, but few can suffer from specific problems like bloating, hip dysplasia, cataracts, etc. However, Dermoid Sinus Cyst is the most common amongst all. But random tests like X-Ray, Eye checkups, Blood tests, complete body checkups and frequent Vet visits will keep them healthy.
They are tough to train due to their independent nature, and a proficient owner or trainer is essential to teach them. A dominant owner, with natural authority but the calm approach is the best choice for this breed. They tend to develop aggressive behaviors and needs training in varieties and for the shorter period.
Socialization from early stages will make them a well-behaved pet. They also tend to run after small pets and needs leash training. Command training can help to improve better communication between the dog and the owner.
Thai Ridgeback is a medium-sized dog, but feeding them is the personal choice of the owner. However, feeding them according to the breeder and veterinarian will keep them healthy and increase their lifespan.
Homemade food rich in protein or high-quality dry dog food 3-4 cups is ideal to meet their energy requirements. Dividing meals into two halves will provide better digestion. For better health owners should keep them on a strict diet prescribed by the vet.