The Thai Ridgeback dog is an old breed which can be seen in archeological writings in Thailand. The ancestry of the breed is unknown, but it is believed to have descended from the dingo of Southeast Asia. The Phu Quoc dog, a ridgeback breed is believed to have evolved from the Thai Ridgeback. The relation of this dog to an ancestor of the Rhodesian Ridgeback is uncertain. In the eastern parts the dog was used for hunting, escorting carts and as a watch dog. It has kept its own original type because of poor transportation systems therefore fewer chances of crossbreeding.
Medium sized dog with short hair forming a ridge along the back. The ridge is formed by the hair growing in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat, starting from slightly behind the withers and extending to the point of prominence at the hips. It’s unique coat is short and dense but very soft. The coat quality is somewhat reminiscent of the Shar Pei. Their short coat ranges from black, red (ranging from deep mahogany to light chestnut), blue (silver), and fawn. The body is slightly longer than its height at the withers. Muscles are very well developed and its anatomical structure is suitable for activities. The height at the withers for the male is on average 22-24 inches (56-62 cm), for the female an average of 21-23 inches (53-60 cm).
They are a very primitive by nature and need extensive socialization at an early age. They are very loyal and affectionate to their owners, frequently using their paws like hands to solicit attention. They are also very protective and are generally suspicious of strangers. Litters bred by American breeders and hand raised in households are very good people dogs, bonding closely to their families. They are usually gentle with their families and with people their families introduce them to, but are excellent watch dogs if people they do not know appear or sounds they don’t understand occur around the house. They are extremely intelligent and will respond to obedience training. They are clean dogs by nature and their short coats shed very little. They are a fun loving dog with a “get up and go” attitude that seems to have a great joy for life. They are not high strung but do require periods of exercise.
The are keen sight hounds and were used to hunt deer, small game and birds in the dense jungle. They would accompany their owner on their hunting trips in packs of 5 or so dogs. If a wild boar was encountered the owner would face the boar head on and the natural instinct of the dogs to protect their masters would be set off and the Thai Ridgeback would move in for the kill. Today they still exhibit their natural instinct to protect their owners and families against harm. They are very athletic and are renowned for their extraordinary jumping ability (Fairtex Nala Langley can acheive heights of 6 feet!!!). They are alert and aware of their surroundings, and love the thrill of the chase. They are quick and agile and will need a fenced in yard to prevent them from wandering after their prey.