Thai Ridgeback

USD $600-$800 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type



11-13 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 296
Origin Thailand
Other Names Mah Thai, Mah Thai Lung Arn, Thai Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $600-$800
How much does a Thai Ridgeback cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $600 to $800 on your Thai Ridgeback if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a Thai Ridgeback from a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight 51-75 pounds (23-34 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-60 cm),
Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Lifespan 11-13 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Primitive type - Hunting Dogs section.
Purpose All-purpose dog, companion
Date of Origin 1600s
Ancestry Mastiff

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Smooth
Coat Colors Black, Blue, Brindle, Brown, Red, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brindle, Isabella, Red
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Defensive, Familiar, Independent, Intelligent, Loving, Loyal, Protective
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $50-$100
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Thai Ridgeback have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-5 puppies (Once a year.)


The Thai Ridgeback is a medium-sized dog breed that originated in Thailand. It is known for its distinctive ridge of hair along its back, which runs in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. The Thai Ridgeback is an intelligent and loyal breed that makes a great companion for active families.

Appearance: The Thai Ridgeback has a muscular body with a short, smooth coat that comes in several colors including black, blue, red, and fawn. Its most distinguishing feature is the ridge of hair along its back which runs in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. This ridge can be either single or double and should be symmetrical on both sides of the spine. The ears are triangular and erect while the eyes are almond-shaped and dark brown in color.

Lifespan, Size, Weight & Colors: The average lifespan of a Thai Ridgeback is between 12 to 14 years when properly cared for. They typically weigh between 40 to 60 pounds and stand at 18 to 24 inches tall at the shoulder when fully grown. As mentioned above they come in several colors including black, blue, red, and fawn with white markings on their chest or feet being common as well.

Personality: The Thai Ridgeback is an intelligent breed that loves to please their owners but can also be independent at times due to their strong willed nature. They are loyal companions who will protect their family if needed but they do not do well with strangers so early socialization is important for them to become comfortable around new people or animals outside their home environment.

Friendliness: When it comes to other dogs or animals they can get along well if introduced properly but may show signs of aggression towards unfamiliar dogs if not socialized correctly as puppies so it’s important to keep this in mind when introducing them into any new situation involving other animals or people outside their family unit. They also tend to be very friendly towards children as long as they are taught how to interact appropriately with them from an early age so this should not be an issue either provided proper training has been given beforehand by responsible adults within the household environment

Temperament: The temperament of this breed can vary depending on how it was raised but generally speaking they tend to have calm yet alert personalities which make them great watchdogs without being overly aggressive towards strangers or other animals unless provoked firstly by another party involved within such situations . They also have high energy levels so regular exercise should be provided daily otherwise boredom could lead them into destructive behaviors such as chewing furniture etc..

Health: Generally speaking these dogs are quite healthy however there have been reports of hip dysplasia occurring within some lines so it’s important for potential owners to research any breeder before purchasing one just incase any health issues may arise later down the line due too poor breeding practices etc..

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets : These dogs adapt quite easily into most environments providing there’s enough space available for them too run around freely without feeling restricted .They make great pets due too their loyalty , intelligence , protective nature , friendliness towards children & other animals (provided proper socialization has taken place) plus they don’t require much grooming maintenance either making them ideal companions for busy households who don’t have time too dedicate hours upon hours each week looking after one particular pet .


The Thai Ridgeback is a rare dog breed that is native to Thailand. The breed is also known as the Mah Thai Lang Ahn, which means "dog with a ridge on its back". The Thai Ridgeback is one of only a few breeds of dogs that have a ridge of hair running along their backs in the opposite direction to the rest of their coat. This ridge is caused by a genetic mutation and is unique to the Thai Ridgeback.

The Thai Ridgeback was once a popular breed in Thailand, but it became endangered when Westerners began importing other breeds of dogs into the country. The Thai government placed a ban on the importation of dogs in an effort to protect the Thai Ridgeback from extinction. However, this ban was lifted in 1999, and since then, the Thai Ridgeback has been making a comeback.

There are several theories about the ancestry of the Thai Ridgeback. Some believe that the breed is descended from ancient Asian dogs, while others believe that they are descended from African ridgebacks that were brought to Thailand by traders. Regardless of their origins, the Thai Ridgeback is now recognized as a distinct breed by both the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club.