What kind of dog is that?
A Thai Ridgeback Dog
Where do they come from?
What is their utilization?
Are they trainable?
Yes they are very trainable,and learn quick. Keeping their
attention while training is the key to successful training.
Positive reinforcement as well as corrections work best. Heavy
corrections and negative enforcement make their working sessions
much more difficult,and can create negative response,and can
make the dog timid or aggressive.
Are they good family dogs?
Yes the best! They are loyal to each in the family.They are
very affectionate and love to please. They do however respond
best to strong alpha in the family.
Are they fast?
Yes they are extremely fast and can run with the grace of
Are they aggressive?
Yes they can be aggressive. Most aggressions seen are dog
aggression and food aggression. More often with other dogs
than their owners or people.
What is their temperament like?
TRDs can range from aloof or shy to bold and strong headed.
A finely bred TRD should have a fearless, but even tempered
personality. They should respond to their owners with some
submission, but be defensive with strangers. They are a pack
animal and should know their place in the family hierarchy.
Early socialization is crucial in a well rounded TRD.
Are they active?
Yes they are very active and love to run and play. They can
adapt to their owners lifestyle, but do require daily exercise
to expend their high energy levels. A half hour to and hour
romp a day will suffice.
Are they agile?
Yes they easily be trained for agility, and lure coursing.
They can jump extremely high, and their movements seem effortless.
They are very nimble and use their paws as hands. A fenced
yard is recommended for them.
What are they classified as?
They are a true sight hound. They are classified as primitive
type. They are also referred to as a pariah type dog. Because
of their strong pack instinct and thrill of the chase and
hunt. They do have tendencies to bolt in pursuit of prey.
Because of this instinct, they do have an aggressive hunting
nature. They are the original type of canine.
Will they kill another animal?
Yes they will kill small prey. And will pursue large prey.
If they make the catch, it will be to kill . It is very important
to establish control of your TRD from a young age. If these
instincts are undesirable, they must be corrected from a young
Do they fight with other dogs?
Yes some TRD can have strong dog aggression. Most often
seen with other TRD. Proper socialization is key. Proper introductions
should be made to other dogs. Raising them with other dogs
is very helpful in this. They are a true pack animal, so dominant
aggressions will be displayed unless corrected early. Walks
in dog parks at early ages are very successful.
Are they intelligent?
Their intelligence will truly impress you. Remember they are
a true hunting dog. Having fended for themselves for ages.
This strong instinct for survival has undoubtedly increased
their intelligence over your average dog.
Are they a healthy breed?
Yes they are extremely healthy. Having being naturally bred
for centuries. The fittest were naturally chosen. The breed
does suffer from Dermoid sinus cysts, has some reports of
hip dysplaysia, as well as luxating patella's. Overall the
breed is very healthy with minimal health conditions.
What colors do they come in?
Silver/Blue, Black , Red, and Fawn(isabella). Their are different
shades in each color, but the deepest and truest is ideal.
Are they an AKC recognized dog?
No, and their are no major efforts to do so by the people
involved in the breed. They are truly unique and rare, and
most who love this breed want it to stay that way!
Do they require a special diet?
TRDs do best on a high quality, high protein diet. Meat should
be incorporated into their diet. It keeps them eating well
and fit TRDs will eat commercial dog food, but can be very
selective and picky. They do best on meat diets. It is helpful
to change their diets occasionally.
Are they good guard dogs?
Yes excellent. They have a natural instinct to protect their
owners and homestead. They do not make good police type protection
Are they good with cats?
Yes they are but should be raised with them from an early
age. They do possess a strong prey instinct, so early introductions
should be made.
Are they good with kids?
Yes absolutely. They seem to have strong maternal and
parental instincts. They sense the youth and treat them accordingly.
However as in any breed, supervision should always be administered
for any dog and child. Most bites to children happen on accident
due to a dog fight in multiple dog homes, or from a child
not knowing how to properly behave around a dog. Properly
educating children on how to behave with an animal is they
key. TRDs are very affectionate and gentle with kids!
Do they roam?
Yes, a TRD has a strong hunting instinct. So a fenced yard
is strongly recommended. At least 6 foot high is best, as
they can jump very high. They will roam in pursuit of prey.
Even the most highly trained TRD may not be able to overcome
its drive to hunt. Proper obedience training, as well as a
fenced yard is the best way to ensure your TRDs well being.
Are they destructive?
TRDs are very well behaved. They will chew as any pup and
some can experience separation anxieties as they are very
loyal to their owners. They seem to not care for being alone.
Proper training methods should be administered before leaving
them alone in a home. Crate training is highly recommended.
They learn right and wrong quickly but can be a little mischievous
Are they easy to housebreak?
Yes they are. Most will be 100% house broken in under 2 months
time. They are a very clean dog, and you will find they will
very seldom mess their crate. Proper housebreaking techniques
should be practiced. Again this incorporates crate training
as well as proper regimented scheduling.
Are they a high maintenance dog?
No they are not. They require little to no grooming,and only
ask for your love by a belly scratch or jumping in your lap
for a kiss and hug. They are very self sufficient and independent.
Are they a rare breed?
Absolutely. Acquiring a TRD will require some waiting on a
breeders list. There are very few breeders in the USA, Canada,
and Europe. There are few quality breeders in Thailand as
well. One can acquire a dog directly from Thailand but too
must expect a waiting period for the right dog. It is estimated
that under 800 dogs are in the USA and Europe, so they are
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