How big is the Thai Ridgeback?
Male Thai Ridgebacks are usually bigger than their female counterparts. They stand anywhere from 56 cm to 60 cm. Meanwhile, females stand between 51 cm and 56 cm. Both male and female can weigh around 23-24 kg.
What does a Thai Ridgeback look like?
The Thai Ridgeback is a midsized dog with a lean, muscular figure. It makes him a fleet-footed and athletic canine. His wedge-shaped head is carried with confidence. His large ears are raised upright somewhat leaning forward and set high on his head.
He sports a black nose and has dark-brown, almond-shaped eyes that show a keen expression.
His muzzle, just like his head, is wedge-shaped. He has a tongue that tends to be pigmented with either black or bluish spots. It is natural for the Thai Ridgeback to be loose-skinned. Thai Ridgeback puppies have creases much like Mastiff and Sharpei dog breeds. These creases will smoothen out gradually as they continue to mature.
The Thai Ridgeback has a strong neck and strong muscled shoulders. His powerful back is firm and covered with thick hair. He has a straight and his hind legs are quite lean and long. His tail is curved upwards like a sickle and its tail is thick at the base which tapers at the end.
The Thai Ridgeback's coat is short and just like what his name says a fur of the ridge is formed on his back. It grows in the opposite direction from the other hairs of his coat. He has about 8 various ridge patterns. The coat colours of the Thai Ridgeback may come in black, blue, red, and yellow.
Are Thai Ridgebacks hypoallergenic dogs?
The Thai Ridgeback is not a hypoallergenic dog. Dog owners with allergies may suffer allergic reactions to dander, which are flakes found in a dog’s skin, or saliva.
The Thailand Ridgeback dog's short close-lying coat is straight and hard so it only needs minimal grooming. Brush him weekly using a rubber curry brush to remove dead or loose hairs and dirt. Mind that he is a seasonal shedder that moults his coat twice a year at most. During this time, frequent brushing is needed.
Bathe him only when he stinks or dirty. Avoid washing him often as it can damage and dry out his skin and hair. Ear inspection and cleaning should be done at least once a month.
Trim his nails every 1 to 2 months to avoid cracking or splitting. Periodontal diseases are a common problem in canines. Daily toothbrushing will keep your dog safe from these health issues.