The Thai Ridgeback is an old breed, originally used for hunting and guarding. Because he originated in a relatively isolated area in eastern Thailand, he was less frequently crossed with other breeds, and so has largely retained his original form and personality for hundreds of years. That also accounts for his rarity outside of Thailand until recently.
The Thai Ridgeback is one of only three dog breeds that have a ridge of hair along his back, running in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. (The other two are the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the Phu Quoc Ridgeback.) His short, solid-colored coat can be white, red, blue, black or yellow, but he does sometimes sport some spots — on his tongue! He generally ranges from 35 to 60 lbs., and his streamlined shape makes him an agile athlete.
The Thai Ridgeback is independent and intelligent, as well as loyal and loving with his family. He has an energy level that requires daily exercise, and owners should be aware of his prey drive. Because of his excellent jumping ability, it could be a challenge to keep him contained, especially if he spies something he wants to run after!
Because natural selection has played a large role in their breeding, Thai Ridgebacks are a generally healthy breed. However, they are still prone to some hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — and your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Thai Ridgebacks are prone to include joint conditions such as hip dysplasia; and spinal conditions such as dermoid sinus.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Thai Ridgeback inherits anything more than a distinctive ridge of hair, you’re covered.