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4 Thai Ridgeback Dog Colors & Physical Traits (With Pictures)

Patricia Dickson

By Patricia Dickson

Thai ridgeback

If you’ve ever seen a Thai Ridgeback Dog, it’s not something you’re going to forget. It is a strong, lean breed that was once used for hunting animals, guarding homesteads, and hauling supplies. They have long hair on their backs and are known to be quite stubborn.

The breed comes in four colors: black, silver, blue, and red. They are AFC-recognized dogs and perfect pets for families with older kids, couples, singles, and houses with fenced yards. If you want to adopt a Thai Ridgeback Dog, you’ll want to know a bit about them first. We’ll discuss the various coat colors and physical traits of the remarkable breed below.

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The 4 Thai Ridgeback Dog Colors

1. Black Thai Ridgeback

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The Black Thai Ridgeback is a lean, strong dog with a jet-black coat. Like the other Thai Ridgebacks, it’s a medium-sized breed that stands between 20 and 22 inches at full growth.

These dogs are known for their intelligence, independence, and being stubborn and athletic. The Thai Ridgeback dates back to the Middle Ages and comes from Thailand, as its name suggests.

The dog originated 400 years ago and was bred to hunt animals, guard homesteads, haul goods, and as a cobra-killing animal. So, yes, if you have a Thai Ridgeback, it will attack a cobra if you run into one on your walks.

2. Silver Thai Ridgeback

Two Thai ridgeback dogs playing
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The Silver Thai Ridgeback Dog is a muted silver color and, like other Thai Ridgebacks, has a life expectancy of 12 to 13 years. It’s important to note that this breed needs frequent exercise, so you must take your silver-colored pet on long daily walks.

If the dog doesn’t get enough exercise, it can become destructive and even aggressive towards other animals and strangers if you’re out in public. Also, ensure the dog gets plenty of mental stimulation since it is intelligent and will get bored quickly without it.

3. Blue Thai Ridgeback

Blue Thai Ridgeback
Blue Thai Ridgeback (Image Credit: Andreasnirtl, via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Blue Thai Ridgeback is a gorgeous dog with a muted gray and blue color. It weighs 35 to 55 pounds at full growth. Thai Ridgebacks can be a bit territorial and need to be socialized and trained as puppies. You’ll need to implement a consistent training program with this breed if you want the dog to behave around strangers.

If the dog isn’t trained the right way, it can make it difficult for you to have friends and family come to your home without worrying about the dog becoming territorial with them. It is also not the best dog for younger children, so keep that in mind when deciding whether to adopt one.

4. Red Thai Ridgeback

Red thai ridgeback sitting on the floor
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The Red Thai Ridgeback has reddish fur and has the same characteristics as other Thai Ridgeback dogs, except for the coat color. Thai Ridgebacks tend to howl occasionally, but you can reduce the behavior with training.

They have a few health problems to watch out for, such as elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, and dermoid sinus issues. If you notice any troubling health signs in your Thai Ridgeback, make an appointment right away with your vet for diagnosis and possible treatment.

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Thai Ridgeback Dogs come in red, blue, silver, and black colors. These rare dogs make great pets for families with older children, singles, and couples. However, you must be firm and confident since the dog needs consistent training to keep it from becoming aggressive and territorial. For a strong trainer, the Thai Ridgeback will be a loyal, affectionate, and loving dog for many years, no matter which color you choose.

Featured Image Credit: Sbolotova, Shutterstock

Patricia Dickson

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Patricia is a pet and coffee writer and a published author under the pen name Skylar McKinzie. When she isn’t writing, Patricia enjoys spending time with her two cats and dog. Since she was a young child, she has been a pet lover and enjoys nothing more than cuddling with her pets, Mystery, and her two cats, Binx and Link. Mystery has been with her family since the day she was born, as has Link. Binx was found under the...Read more

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