Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.

Thai Ridgeback – The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Jul 27 ·
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The Thai Ridgeback is a muscular, medium to large dog breed. They originated from Thailand, known for the ridge of hair that grows along their back. This ridge grows in the opposite direction of the rest of their hair.

This doggo is athletic, loyal, protective, and hard-working. Thai Ridgebacks aren’t seen outside of Thailand much, but if you happen to find one, they’ll make a great family pet.

Let’s learn more about this independent breed.

What’s the difference between the Thai Ridgeback and the Rhodesian Ridgeback?

First, you might have heard of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and these two dog breeds are different from one another – and it’s not just because of where they came from. Copine…

Rhodesian Ridgebacks came from Rhodesia, which is now known as Zimbabwe. It was brought over to the United States in 1957, while the Thai Ridgeback didn’t make its way there until 1994.

Both of these breeds have a unique ridge of hair along their back that stands up when excited, nervous, or on guard. This is because they were bred to hunt lions, and, yes, they are strong enough to kill lions.

In addition, both of these purebreds are loyal and independent, but Thai Ridgebacks will make better family dogs. They’re more loving and protective, while the Rhodesian Ridgeback is more sensitive.

The other differences come in appearance. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are tan, have flat ears, and have a low-hanging tail. So, what does a Thai Ridgeback look like? Chatri…


Thai Ridgebacks are typically silver, have pointy ears, and tails that are stiffer and held higher – so, the opposite of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, more or less.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), this doggo has a short, smooth coat that comes in a handful of colors, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). For example, Thai Ridgebacks can be black, blue (also known as silver), red, or yellow.

They can stand 20 to 24 inches tall and weigh between 35 to 75 pounds.  Via…


Earlier, we mentioned that Thai Ridgebacks would make great family dogs. This is because they’re highly affectionate with their family, loyal, and protective of those they love. They make excellent watchdogs and guard dogs. However, they keep their barking to moderate levels.

When it comes to young kids and other dogs or animals in the home, your Thai Ridgeback will need early socialization and training for them to get used to the kids and other pets. Then they’ll get along just fine.

Thanks to their working background, they are pretty eager to please, making them easy to train. However, they do have an independent side to them, so that training might be harder on some days. Via…

Caring for your Thai Ridgeback

Luckily, this pooch has an average lifespan of 12 to 13 years. So with proper care and regular trips to the veterinarian, your doggo will live a long, happy, and healthy life.


Thai Ridgebacks are not considered to be hypoallergenic because they do shed. However, their coat is so short, and there is no undercoat that people with dander allergies might be okay with this breed.

Brushing once in a while will be needed to get rid of any loose hair, but for the most part, grooming is low-maintenance and minimal for this pooch. Just be sure to keep up with brushing their teeth and trimming their nails. 


This dog breed will need a high-quality diet. However, they like to work and are active, so something high in protein might do them well, too. Talk to your vet about the best meal plan for your dog’s diet since every doggo is different.


The Thai Ridgeback has high energy levels and will require a bit of exercise every day. This may be several walks a day or playing games and running around in a fenced-in backyard. According to the AKC, Thai Ridgebacks are part of the Hound Group, but they need a lot of mental and physical stimulation.

Health problems

Luckily, the Thai Ridgeback is a relatively healthy dog breed. They don’t have many health issues to worry about other than hip dysplasia or Dermoid Sinus Cyst. Bruce…

Where to buy a Thai Ridgeback

Unfortunately, Thai Ridgebacks aren’t as common in the United States. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find one, though. You can certainly look at shelters and breed-specific rescues. This will be your best bet to find a puppy or an adult dog that could use a good home.

Alternatively, you can search for a reputable breeder. Be sure to do your research and don’t buy a Thai Ridgeback puppy until you get to know the breeder first.

How much does a Thai Ridgeback cost?

A litter of Thai Ridgeback puppies is typically four to five pups. Depending on the demand of this purebred, Thai Ridgebacks can go for $1,600 to $2,000, with some being as much as $5,000.

Should you get a Thai Ridgeback?

If you’re home a lot, and you’re able to keep up with the exercise needs of the Thai Ridgeback, and you’re able to put in the time to train and socialize them properly, then this dog breed might be ideal for your home. This pooch loyal, affectionate, protective doggo will adapt well to any home. Thai Dream…

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Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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