Also known as Pariah Dogs, Thai Ridgebacks were largely unknown outside their native Thailand, where they originally were bred to hunt and guard. However, in recent years, this loyal, muscular, agile, and independent breed has been gaining popularity in other parts of the world as well. If you’re curious to find out more about the Thai Ridgeback, please keep reading. The following dog breed information on Thai Ridgebacks will help you decide if this dog could be a good fit for your family and lifestyle.
In terms of size, Thai Ridgebacks are medium sized dogs, standing 20-24 inches tall and weighing anywhere from 35 to 75 pounds. The average lifespan of a Thai Ridgeback is 12-13 years.
Thai Ridgebacks are playful and affectionate with family members but maintain some independence. They can be patient and tolerant with young children and get along well with other dogs provided there is appropriate socialization, i.e., a Thai Ridgeback puppy is exposed to children and other animals in a variety of settings. However, small animals may not be safe around Thai Ridgebacks due to the strong prey drive that these dogs have.
Thai Ridgebacks can be reserved with strangers and are not overly friendly with people they don’t know. They have a strong protective instinct and are vigilant by nature, and therefore make excellent watchdogs. This is a moderately adaptable breed that can adjust to some changes in routine. People who live in apartments might want to consider other breeds, but can consider a Thai Ridgeback if they can meet the dog’s exercise needs. Thai Ridgebacks tolerate cold weather but they are originally from a warm tropical climate and do best in warmer weather.
It is fairly easy to train a Thai Ridgeback, given that this is an intelligent dog. However, Thai Ridgebacks are independent and strong willed and therefore require patience during training. This is not a breed for first-time dog parents as Thai Ridgebacks require owners who understand dog behavior and have experience in handling dogs. Thai Ridgebacks have a strong prey drive and wanderlust potential and therefore must be kept on leash or in a fenced yard when outside.
In terms of energy levels, Thai Ridgebacks have moderate to high physical exercise and mental stimulation needs. These dogs are muscular and agile and can jump very high. They need 2-3 walks a day or playtime of 30-60 minutes twice a day in a fenced yard. Hiking, swimming, and fetch are also good activities for Thai Ridgebacks. The barking level of Thai Ridgebacks is moderate.
The Thai Ridgeback’s short smooth coat is low maintenance and requires only an occasional brushing in terms of grooming. There is no undercoat and dog allergy sufferers may find this breed bothers them less than others. Thai Ridgebacks are not heavy droolers.
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