The Thai Ridgeback is a dog recently established as a standardized breed. The breed was formerly unknown outside Thailand, but is gaining notice in the Western world. They are also known as a Mah Thai Lang Ahn.
Interestingly, the most unusual and rare dogs are also the most ancient. It's like people got too carried away with breeding dogs so they gradually began to forget where it all began.
Studies show that the Thai Ridgeback is very similar to the dingo which means they're most likely pretty close relatives.
By the way, scientists believe that today it's one of the most pristine and distinctive breeds. Scientists are still arguing about where this dog was bred.
However, for quite a long time, their distribution was limited to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia.
In ancient times, this area was highly isolated due to a poor transport system. This whole situation led to the fact that the Thai Ridgeback was protected from crossing with other breeds.
Despite the fact that the breed has ancient origins, it was registered by the World Canine Organization only in 1993. For this reason, its distribution was limited.