With the clearly defined ridge running down its back and a long, tapering tail that’s held vertically or curved like a sickle, the Thai Ridgeback stands out from the crowd. The breed has been around for hundreds of years in its native Thailand, where it was used for hunting and guard duty. Bred mainly in the eastern part of Thailand, the breed probably kept its original type for years due to poor transportation systems and the lack of opportunity for crossbreeding. The Thai Ridgeback is a medium-sized, well-muscled dog with a body that is slightly longer than its height at the withers. The breed stands between 22 and 26 inches and has large, triangular ears that are firmly pricked and a long, tapering tail that is held vertically or curved like a sickle. The short, smooth coat comes in solid black, blue, silver and light chestnut red. A good brushing once a week keeps it gleaming. The Thai Ridgeback is a tough, active breed with excellent jumping abilities, so a securely fenced yard is a must.
Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as “rare” is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of…
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Hound Dog Breeds
Dog breeds in the Hound Group are used for recreational hunting, performance competition, therapy work, police and customs-inspection work, and, of course, as pets. Hounds are the world’s oldest specialized hunting dogs, documented for thousands of years. Their gracefulness, beauty and superlative hunting skills inspired ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Greek…
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