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Unread 04-08-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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Has anyone heard of this breed before?

I found it recently and am falling in love with the breed the more I read up on them and look into them.

I honestly thought there was only one ridgeback breed but apparently there are three {Thai Ridgeback, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Phu Quoc Ridgeback}

I think of three I like the Thai Ridgeback best-so just wanted to share them :3

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Trying to find adult pictures of the other colors they come in but I'm mostly attracted to the blue color, ha. I think when I am ready to add another dog to my household, I might look for a breeder or rescue of this breed. But that won't be for another few years.

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I only read about this breed, last week, in a news article on 10 rare breeds around the world. The blue coat seems to be well-suited to this dog.
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Beautiful pictures! I only thought there was one type of Ridgeback too. Thanks for sharing!

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I only read about this breed, last week, in a news article on 10 rare breeds around the world. The blue coat seems to be well-suited to this dog.
Yeah I kind of found out about this breed through a rare breeds article too. But it wasn't for the thai ridgeback, actually they weren't listed. It was the other ridgeback- Phu Quoc Ridgeback. I looked them up after seeing them and then came across the thai ridgeback and started doing more research on them.

I agree-the blue coat just seems to fit the breed better, for some odd reason!

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Beautiful pictures! I only thought there was one type of Ridgeback too. Thanks for sharing!
Glad I'm not the only one

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Hello!

Founder/President of Thai Ridgeback Rescue Network here

Thai ridgeback dogs are wonderful.. if you know what you're doing. They are a primitive breed from Thailand and have primitive personalities to match. They are naturally leery of strangers as a general rule (there are always exceptions), they will chase pretty much any small animal that is moving due to their strong hunting instinct, and if living with other dogs in the home - they will be in charge.

TRD are not bred for "working", they prefer to do things that they find highly valuable and training sessions must be kept short and fun and must use positive reinforcement methods only. They do not do well with any sort of aversive training methods.

There are many breeders of TRD that are breeding them simply to make money. Although my main focus is rescue, I am NOT against reputable and ethical breeders (the VP of Thai Ridgeback Rescue Network is a breeder).

TRD do best with clear and consistent rules and routines. Many of them exhibit some level of separation anxiety and they are all pretty wonderful escape artists.

TRD are not recommended for homes with small children.. it can be done in a very experienced home, but it is not recommended.

If you have any questions about the breed specifically, please feel free to ask!

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P.S... I know of each of the dogs that you posted in your pictures and their breeders.. the TRD world is a very very small one, LOL!

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Thanks for posting on them ^.^

I've been researching them since finding out about them, while they're an attractive breed I wouldn't want to get a dog based on appearance alone. Because I want to make sure my lifestyle will fit the breed and I can provide correct care for them. Still looking into them to see if they are right for me or not-if so, I'll probably be looking for reputable breeders or rescues in the US when I'm ready to add another dog into my household. So you'll probably hear from me at some point

Thanks again for posting information on them! Interesting breed- If I do get one, It probably won't be until my ferrets pass{In a few years most likely} Gives me plenty of time to look into them more! Ha

*laughs* Yeah, I've noticed the the Thai Ridgeback community/breeders is kind of...small -at least on the US websites I've found. But that could be a good thing, right?

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TRD take up so much more time than other dog breeds. I know that a lot of "breed specific" people may say that.. but I promise you it's true. They are a pretty needy bunch. They tend to freak out when removed from "their person" and a good 80-90% of them must be muzzled at the vet. There are always exceptions to everything, but they are a goofy bunch.. that's for sure

I'm happy to talk TRD all day long. I see that you have been to TRDUSA.. I'm "Jingles" on that forum. There are also several TRD FB groups if you're interested in learning more. Everyone is usually pretty helpful, although we are a bit protective of the breed since the breed is exploited by many people. We are trying to keep them off of BSL lists and just recently saw one in a pet store! (OMG!).. so.. a group of us was able to successfully explain why a TRD should not be in a pet store, and why the particular breeder is 'no good'.. so yea.. we're a bit protective, LOL!

The breeders in this breed are going to make or break the future of the breed. for example.. the 1st picture you posted.. of the four puppies.. that is from a well known american living in Thailand operating a TRD puppy mill :-( There are always going to be the good and bad breeders for every breed, but TRD in the United States is still in their infancy and only a very select few are even doing any health testing prior to breeding. It's a very sad state of affairs really.

Now - OWNING a TRD is a life changing event. If you have ferrets and a TRD then you will most likely have less ferrets at some point

Training a TRD can go really well, if you're prepared to put in the time. I compete in obedience, rally and have dabbled in agility. Along with my female TRD I have a pittie, bulldog and a boxer. Each of my bullies fall over backwards to work and have fun and try their little butts off and my TRD does the same.. for about 5 or 10 minutes at a time until she grows bored and looks at me as if she's thinking, "Mom.. we just did this twice.. if you don't get it by now.. you're not going to". Ahhh I just love her, LOL!

I'm happy to answer any questions or help you find a good breeder when you're ready. Doing all of your homework and getting to know everyone in the breed is a great start!

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Thanks for all the information ^.^

I'll be sure to check out those groups and also contact you if I have any questions about anything. That's terrible about the pet store, but good thing you guys were all on that. It's perfectly reasonable to be protective-many breeds get ruined by over breeding and bad breeding. For a breed that is more on the rare side, it's especially important to take per-caution with breeding.

Aw :/ That's terrible to hear about the first picture being puppies from a puppy mill. Wish I would have known that before posting >.< I was just trying to find pictures of them and that one had all four colors so...^^;

*laughs* yeah, that's why I figured I would hold off on looking for one until my ferrets pass away, they are five now. But I want to enjoy them and have them enjoy their life for the rest of it. Wouldn't want to get a dog with high prey drive and risk either the dog or the ferrets getting hurt in some way or another.

I like training dogs, especially hard headed/strong willed dogs I have a good amount of patience when it comes to training. My current dog is high energy and smart-so she was a joy to train. We do a lot for activity wise- so I plan on getting another high energy dog when I am ready

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I have one question for you- Why are the pups of this breed so wrinkly?

Is it because of the fur type they have?

I love it, but that is something that has been on the back of my mind since finding the breed and seeing them as pups ^^

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Why are the puppies so wrinkly? LOL! Well.. they have some extra skin when they are born and eventually grow into the "extra". I do not think it has to do with their type of fur.. although you know, that's one question I've not been asked before!

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