Thai Ridgebacks have medium-sized, muscular bodies with loose skin and wedge-shape heads. Their dense coats come in black, blue, silver and brown. They have dark brown eyes, strong muzzles and triangular ears that point straight up. Their tapered tails are carried upward.
The Thai Ridgeback is a protective yet playful member of the household. Watchful, strong and alert, not much gets past these dogs. You feel very safe having a Thai Ridgeback around. But they also know how to have fun. Thai Ridgebacks get along very well with children, playing any number of outdoor games or rolling around on the carpet. They are somewhat reserved with strangers, however, and they need to be properly introduced to cats—as with any dog. Thai Ridgebacks are rare and unique companions, not to mention pals for life.
Thai Ridgebacks can live as long as 16 years with relatively few health issues. Some may develop hip dysplasia. Easily groomed, the Thai Ridgeback needs just an occasional brushing. Because it grows a heavier coat in cold weather, it tends to shed more in cooler climates.
The Thai Ridgeback first appeared in eastern Thailand more than 400 years ago. Used by farmers as guard dogs, watchdogs and hunters, these canines were mostly isolated with few opportunities to crossbreed. Rarely seen in the U.S. and Europe, the Thai Ridgeback is still very popular in Thailand.