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Thai Ridgeback Standard

Breed standard for Thai Ridgeback Dog,Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) Standard No 338.
Date of publication of the original valid standard: 30.07.1997
Patronage:Nihon (Japan)

Hunting dog

Fci Classification:
Group 5 Spitz and primitive types,
Section 7 Primitive Type Hunting Dogs with a ridge on the back.
Without working trial.

Brief Historical Summary:
The Thai Ridgeback Dog is an old breed which can be seen in the arceological writing in Thailand
which was written about 350 year 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 breeds.

General Appearance:
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 : 10
Height of chest : size (height at the withers) = 5 : 10
Length of the muzzle : length of the head = 2 : 3

Behavior / Temperament:
Tough and active with excellent jumping ability.

Cranial region:
Skull: The crown is flat and has a gentle slope toward the stop.
Stop:Stop: Clearly defined, but moderate. Inclination is not abrupt.
Facial region
Nose: Colour is black.
Nasal bridge: 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 colour is dark brown.
In blues and silvers, amber-coloured eyes are premitted.
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.

Strong, muscular, holding head high.

Back: Strong.
Loin: Strong and broad.
Croup: Moderately round.
Chest: Deep enough to reach the elbows. The rib is well built, but it is not barrel-shaped.
Lower line: 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.

Front legs: The forearm straight.
Hind legs: Well developed thighs and well bent stifles. Hocks are tough.
Nails: 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- and hip joints are approximately
in line. Move in a straight pattern forward without throwing the feet
in or out; thus enavling the stride to be long and drive powerful.
The overall appearance of moving dog is one of smooth flowing and well
balanced rhythm.

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 the ridge, but a symmetrical one is preferred.
Colour:Solid colour: light chestnut red (the deeper, the better), pure black, silver or blue.

Height at the withers:
Dogs = 22 - 24 inches (56-61 cm)
Bitches = 20 -22 inches (51-56 cm).
There is a tolerance of one-half inch (1-2 cm).

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.

Eliminating faults: - Dogs without ridge.
- Long hair.

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully desended into the scrotum.