History and Origins - How the Thai Ridgeback got its name
The history and origins of the Thai Ridgeback continues with how the dog got his name! Many Thai Ridgebacks have a ridge running down their backs, from the withers to the hips, the hair on the ridge grows in the opposite direction to the main hair growth on the rest of the dog or puppy's back. The shape of the ridge can vary between eight different recognized ridge patterns which are saddleback, leaf, bowling pin, violin, lute, arrow, feather and needle. The name reflects the country of origin and the distinctive ridge running along the back of the dog. This breed is amongst one of three breeds that has the ridge. The others are the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Phu Quoc Ridgeback which are thought to have developed from the Funan Ridgeback which is now extinct. This was an African dog that was also known as the Hottentot Dog or Ari Dog. The relationship between these breeds of dog remains uncertain, however, further investigations are being made. This breed is sometimes also known as Thai Lang-An, The Cart Following Dog, and Mah Thai Lang Ahn.