Thai Ridgeback Breed Summary

The Thailand Ridgeback has a tight-skinned, muscular body.  Its back is strong,
​and covered with a fine dense hair that grows in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat, forming a ridge which gives this breed it's unique appearance.  The TRD comes in a variety of colours: Red, Black, Blue and Fawn.  The shoulders are strong and muscular.  The head is carried high on a firm, strong, slightly curved neck.  The muzzle is wedge-shaped and powerful looking.  The tongue can be solid black/blue or have blue/blacks dots at the back of the tongue.  The ears are medium sized, high set, triangular, pricked and inclined forward.  The top of the skull is flat and slopes gently to the stop. The dark-brown eyes are almond-shaped with an alert expression.  The nose is black/grey and the tail is thicker at the base tapering to the tip.  The ribs are well sprung with no hint of a barrel appearance.

Until recently the Thai Ridgeback was relatively unknown outside of Eastern Thailand but has steadily been gaining in popularity and numbers in the last 10 years.  This breed is best suited to experienced dog owners with a sound understanding of dogs.  Temperaments in the breed can vary from dog to dog, dogs of a shy or nervous disposition should be avoided as these dogs can develop problems with fear aggression and be challenging to live with.
Tough and active with excellent running and jumping abilities.  The breed's high prey drive and primitive nature can create problems for the less experienced owner.  The Thai Ridgeback Dog can be aloof toward strangers, and daily socialisation is recommended until the dog reaches adulthood.  Thai Ridgebacks do best with an assertive owner who has natural authority, in a firm but calm manner; with confident and consistent rules for the dog.   A Thailand Ridgeback Dog owner that does not correct the dog at the proper times may find that the dog develops problems as it matures.

Height:  Males 22 - 24 inches (56 - 60 cm)  Females 20 - 22 inches (51 - 56 cm)
Weight: 51 - 75 pounds (23 - 34 kg)
According to the official standard of the FCI, there are no weight requirements.

Health Problems: The TRD is a very healthy breed. With relatively few health problems compared to other pedigree breeds.  The main health problems in the breed are the Dermoid sinus cyst and Hip dysplasia.
Cherry eye and Umbilical hernias are the next biggest problems in the breed, and we have had some cases of hypothyroidism and Luxating Patella. 

Living Conditions: Thai Ridgebacks will do well in any size apartment if it is sufficiently exercised.  These dogs do best in warmer climates, as dogs with a velvet coat cannot withstand the cold.  So they  cannot be kept outside in our cold UK climate. 

Exercise: This breed does not require a lot of exercise, a good run including a daily walk a couple of times a day is sufficient as TRD also make great couch potatoes.

Life Expectancy: About 12-15 years.

Grooming: The Thai Ridgeback dog needs very little grooming.  An occasional brush with a soft bristled brush to remove the dead hair/skin will do.   And a wipe down with a baby wipe is usually sufficient.  The velvet coats when moulting can also benefit from an occasional rub down with coconut oil as they can be prone to dry areas of skin.

The Thailand Ridgeback has been found in eastern Thailand since the Middle Ages.  Thai farmers valued this breed as  hunting/guard dogs.  This very protective and loyal dog was known simply as "the cart-following dog." or the "Mah thai lang Ahn", loosely translated as (Dog with Ridge).   As they increased in popularity with Westerners, they became known as the Thai Ridgeback Dog or TRD for short.
​The Thai Ridgeback dog has been known amongst the Thai people for several centuries.  Most of them freely roamed around isolated residential areas, farms, and temples breeding naturally amongst themselves. With little chance of cross breeding.  There are old documents that mention the Thai Ridgeback dogs. In the era of the King Ram Kham Hang Maharach of Sukhothai Kingdom in the year B.E. 1826,
The Thai Ridgeback dogs were first accepted into the Asian Dog Organization in 1987.

The breed was first imported to the UK by Carmen Zapatero 16 years ago and were featured at 'Discover Dogs'.
At present the Thai Ridgeback dog is not recognized by the UK Kennel Club.  The Club is in the process of preparing an application to get the Thai ridgeback breed on the Import Register.  (All owners of the breed are encouraged to get in touch with us, so we can add your details to the application)

FCI' Classification Group 5 (Spitz and primitive types) Section 8 (Primitive Type Hunting Dogs), Without  working trial. Recognized by the :
ATROF = Association of Thai Ridgeback Owners & Fanciers
FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
ATRA = American Thai Ridgeback Association
KCTH = Kennel Club of Thailand (formerly DAT)
TRCUS = Thai Ridgeback Club of the United States
NKC = National Kennel Club
APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
ACR = American Canine Registry
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
AKC/FSS = American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service® Program
ACA = American Canine Association Inc.​

All Members of the Thai Ridgeback Dog Club GB must undertake to abide by the General Code of Ethics. 

1   Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required. 

2   Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operation to the UK Kennel Club. 

3   Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Thailand Ridgeback Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes. Puppies born with a Dermoid sinus cyst, should have the DS removed before homing the puppy. 

4   Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act. 

5   Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally. 

6   Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed. 

7   Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties

8   Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home. 

9   Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited. 

10  Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.  And even take back the dog if necessary.

11   Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home. 

12   All breeding Thai Ridgeback male or bitch shall be carefully screened through KC/BVA hip scoring screen and/or any equivalent scheme offered by the Country of origin in the case of import stock before they are used at either stud or bred from.  It is also encouraged that all breeding Thai Ridgeback male or bitch shall be eye tested by the KC/BVA eye testing scheme.  However this is only a recommendation. 

13   Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as standalone items (not accompanying a dog).

14   Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog. 

15   Will only breed or attempt to breed from dogs and bitches, which we (TRDClubGB) consider to be good representatives of the Thai Ridgeback breed in the UK. And understands that it is important that breeding will only be undertaken for betterment of the Thai Ridgeback breed to produce typically sound and healthy stock. 

16  Will not mate or condone the mating of a Thai Ridgeback to any other breed of dog or crossbreed. 

17   Bitches should not be mated before they reach the age of 2 years of age and neither shall she be bred from within 12 calendar months from the date of her previous litter. and must not be mated after 8 years of age, Dogs should not be used at stud before they reach the age of 15 months. 

18   No Thai Ridgeback puppy should leave its maternal home under the age of 8 weeks. 

19   Any defects which may possibly be hereditary should be notified to the Secretary who will, in turn, notify the Officers of the Thai Ridgeback Dog Club and no one else. 

 If a pattern of a genetic health problems starts to emerge which gives rise for concern, the Committee shall be advised of the cause for concern and assistance sought from the Committee. 

20   Will not sell any Thailand Ridgeback or allow any dog in your charge to be used for experiment or fighting purposes neither shall you allow any Thai Ridgeback to become a raffle or competition prize or allow any stud service to be available as a raffle or competition prize. 

21   Regular grooming and bathing is essential to a dog's well being and should be considered as essential as exercise. 

22   The Thailand Ridgeback must be allowed adequate exercise and must not be restricted to a cage for excessive amounts of time.. 

23    Shall at all times encourage and exhibit good conduct and sportsmanship in all competitions and shall not display any derogatory manner or speech with regard to any other exhibitor or their dogs. 

24   No Thai Ridgeback exhibitor should ever behave in a way which could bring the breed into disrepute. Good manners and sportsmanship should be exhibited at all times

Our Mission 

The object of the Thai Ridgeback Dog Club GB, is to develop and promote this beautiful and rare, primitive dog in the UK.
​To educate and encourage interest amongst Exhibitors, Breeders, and Owners of the Thai Ridgeback dog,  while doing all within our power to protect and improve the health and development of the TRD in the best  interests of the dog according to the Breed Standard.