FCI-Standard N° 338 / 30. 07.
1997 / GB
THAI RIDGEBACK DOG
ORIGIN : Thailand.
Patronage : Nihon
: Hunting dog.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 30.07.1997
FCI'S CLASSIFICATION : Group 5
Spitz and primitive
Section 7 Primitive Type-Hunting Dogs.
Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Thai Ridgeback Dog is an old
breed which can be seen in the archeological writing in Thailand which was written about 35O years ago. Mainly in the eastern part of Thailand, it was used for hunting.
And people also used it to escort their carts and as a watch dog. The reason
why it has kept its own original type for years
is poor transportation systems in the
eastern part of Thailand; it had fewer chances to crossbreed with other
: Medium-sized dog with short hair forming a ridge along the back. The body
is slightly longer than its height at
withers. Muscles are well developed,
and its anatomical structure is suitable for activities.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
Length of body : size (height at the withers) = 11
Height of chest : size (height at the withers) = 5 : 1O
Length of the muzzle : length of the head
= 2 : 3
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Tough and active with excellent
The crown is flat and has a gentle
slope toward the stop.
Stop : Clearly
defined, but moderate. Inclination is not abrupt.
Nose : Colour
: Straight and long.
Muzzle : Wedge-shaped.Dogs
with fawn coat have a black mask.
Lips : Tight.
Mouth : Black
marking on the tongue.
Jaw : Upper
jaw is thick enough and lower jaw is strong.
Teeth : White
and strong with scissors bite.
Eyes : Middle
size and almond shaped. The eye
dark brown. In blues and
silvers, amber-coloured eyes are permitted.
Ears : Set
on either side of the crown, which is slightly broad between the two ears. Rather
large, triangular, inclining forward and firmly pricked. Not cropped.
NECK : Strong,
muscular, holding head high.
Back : Strong.
Loin : Strong
Croup : Moderately
Chest : Deep
enough to reach the elbows. The rib
built, but it is not barrel-shaped.
: The belly is tucked up.
TAIL : It has
a thick base with gradual tapering toward the tip. The tip reaches hock joints. It holds up vertically or curves like sickle tail.
FRONTLEGS : The forearm straight.
Well developed thighs and well bent stifles. Hocks
are tough. The nails are black or light through brown.
GAIT : Stride
with no pitching nor rolling of
the body. Track in two
parallel straight lines. When viewed from the front, the forelegs move
up and down
in straight lines so that the shoulder-, elbow- and
pastern joints are approximately in line with each
other. When viewed from the rear, the stifle- an hip joints are approximately in line. Move in a straight pattern
forward without throwing the feet in or
out; thus enabling the stride to be long and drive powerful. The
overall appearance of the moving dog is one of smooth flowing and well balanced rhythm.
SKIN : Soft,
tender and tight skin.
HAIR : Short
and smooth. The ridge on the top region is
formed by the hair growing in the opposite
direction to the rest of
the coat. It should
be clearly defined from other parts of the back. There are various shapes of
ridge, but a symmetrical one is preferred.
COLOUR : Solid
colour : light chestnut red (the
deeper, the better),
pure black, fawn and blue.
SIZE : Ideal height at the withers : Dogs 22-24 inches (56-61
Bitches 20-22 inches (51-56 cm).
There is a tolerance of one-half inch (1-2cm).
FAULTS : Any
departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
· Any bite other than scissors bite.
· Unbalanced ridge.
· Dogs without ridge
· Long hair.
animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.