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Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

  • WEIGHT: 85 to 140 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 24 to 29 inches
  • COLOR(S): Black with bright, symmetrical russet and white markings. They have white at the toes, tail tip, chest and blaze. The tan always lies between the black and white. Red tricolors do occur but are not acceptable.
  • BREED GROUP: Working
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Thai Ridgeback

BREED GROUP: Working
WEIGHT: 51 to 75 lbs
HEIGHT: 20 to 24 inches
COLOR(S): Black, chestnut, blue, or silver.
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DESCRIPTION

The Thai Ridgeback is found mainly in Thailand. They are very intelligent dogs, which tend to have a mind of their own. Thai Ridgebacks are independent, somewhat undomesticated, and naturally protective of their own. The Thai Ridgeback is very intelligent and tough. Unfortunate to some, they can often be aggressive with other dogs and with strange people. The Thai Ridgeback is a medium sized dog, it has a wedged-shaped head, pricked ears with a short coat. It’s one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Thai Ridgebacks have an interesting look to them, looking almost like they have been pushed back into their own skin, making it wrinkly around the neck and face. The Thai Ridgeback can be a variety of colors, being chestnut, red, blue, fawn or black. Some have been white as well, but it is rare. Thought to be the perfect mix of a spitz-type dog and a primitive breed, the Thai Ridgeback is a classic example of the results of isolated breeds. They are only one of three breeds every discovered to have a ridge of hair growing in the opposite direction on the back: the Rhodesian Ridgeback of Africa, and the Phu Quoc Dog of Vietnam. Thai Ridgebacks have up to eight different types of ridges along their backs, and some Ridgebacks are actually born without ridges or with plush coats! With a spotted or completely blue or black tongue, the Thai Ridgeback is truly a unique breed.

TEMPERAMENT

Intelligent and protective dogs, the Thai Ridgebacks have primitive instincts. They can be wary with strangers, and are not averse to a scrap with their fellows as well as people they do not know. They are tough as well, being somewhat undomesticated for many years. They have been known to kill cobras. They are independent. They are excellent jumpers and exercise this trait. They are excellent guard dogs and excellent watch dogs. They do well at hunting as well as simply being a companion. They can be difficult to train, are very active and lively.

GROOMING

Daily exercise with little grooming such as brushing occasionally will keep the coat looking smooth and remove dead hairs.

HEALTH

Prone to allergies, ear infections and obesity. Some common diseases and disorders are hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, osteochondrosis, dermoid sinus, and gastric torsion (bloat). Bloat is a deadly health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer. It is also known as twisted stomach, and dogs with deep chests are more susceptible to it.

EXERCISE

The Thai Ridgeback thrives on exercise and stimulation. It is extremely important that this breed does not become bored, as they will be highly destructive. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they receive sufficient exercise. However, the Thai Ridgeback does best with a large yard where there is ample room to romp and run. It is crucial that yards be safe, secure, and have a very high fence. They benefit from going on securely leashed walks, and enjoy all family activities.

TRAINING

Gentle and consistent approach with a dominant owner is needed. This dog can turn aggressive and unmanageable if not raised correctly. Learning Rate: Medium. They are moderate learners. Obedience - Medium. Trainer should be firm; obedience training is strongly recommended while they are pups. Thai Ridgebacks can be somewhat difficult to train and require a strong leader.



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