FCI Breed Standard № 338
From the history of the breed:
The Thai Ridgeback - is a dog breed which has a very ancient origin. The ancient frescoes, that were found in Thailand, dated 2000 - 3000 years ago by archaeologists, depict dogs with crescent tail and erect ears.
It is more likely that the Thai Ridgeback had appeared long before Thailand began to write its history. The earliest written documentation about this dog dates back to 1611 - 1628 during the reign of king-reformer Songtan.
Country of origin:
Medium-size dog, short-haired, with a ridge along the back. Length of the body is slightly longer than the height at withers. Has well developed muscular system. Anatomical structure is also well developed for different types of activities.
At withers: males 24 - 26 inches (61-66 cm), females 22 - 24 (56-61 cm).
Consists of a short, soft and tender to the touch hair that reminds velvet. On the back along the ridge the hair grows in the direction from the tail to the head, forming a distinctive belt (the ridge). The ridge begins in the area of withers and ends at the hip joints.
In contrast to the Rhodesian Ridgeback, the ridge of the Thai dogs can have eight different shapes (needle, feather, arrow, guitar, saddlepack, violin, leaf, bowling pin). The width of the ridge does not matter, but it should be symmetrical and clear-cut. A saddle-shaped ridge (elongated oval) was valued in Thailand. Now dogs mostly have guitar or bowling pin shaped ridges.
Blue, gray, silver, red and various shades of ginger and black. Muzzle may be of a darker color than the whole body.
Skull: is flat between the ears but slightly rounded when viewed from the side.
Forehead: wrinkles appear when the dog displays attention.
Stop: is clearly defined but moderate. Ears:
Erect, set well apart, with rounded ends. When a dog has alerted expression the skin on his forehead becomes wrinkled.
Medium-size and almond shaped, dark brown. Blue colored dogs are allowed to have amber-colored eyes. Neck:
Medium in length, strong, muscular and slightly arched, set high.
White and large, scissor-bite.
Back is strong. The loin is strong and broad. The croup is moderately rounded.
Rather deep, reaching the elbows. The rib cage is well developed but not barrel in shape.
Set high, slightly curved, does not bent to the side. Limbs (front and rear):
Forelimbs: the shoulders are oblique, laid back. Forearms are straight. The pasterns when viewed from the front are straight, when viewed from the side are slightly sloping. The paws are oval. The claws are black but can be lighter depending on the color of the fur.
Hindlimbs: the thighs are well developed with well-defined stifles. The hock joints are strong and low-lying. The hocks when viewed from behind are straight and parallel. The paws are oval.
Thai Ridgeback is a clever and dexterous dog that needs attention of his owner. This breed is not suitable for the cage keeping because can not stand loneliness and because of short coat. The female animals are more tender and gentle by nature, the males - differ by independence. The Thai Ridgeback is strongly attached to his family members so a change of the owner for him is unacceptable. If family has children, then adults should control the relationships between them and this dog breed, because children's behavior is often unpredictable what can cause unwanted reaction of the dog.