Thai Ridgeback Puppies

General TRD News


The British are coming..It's a British invasion of new TRD lovers!!!
Sir Paul Heath of the UK has a one year old BLUE male.. called the BLUE FLOYD.
And on the right above is a young British couple who want bring a puppy as a export
back to the UK. Looks like a lot more Brits will finally see STERLING TRD in the UK.

STERLING TRD PUPPIES now available in all 4 colors....BLUE/BLACK/RED/FAWN

I have 4 BLUE female SINATRA puppies...2 males and 4 females. 1 male and 2 females
are now available. See their mom and dad in the two photos below...

And this is JACK STERLING'S MAI BLUE SINATRA...And here is his royal highness
Sterling's MAI BLUE SAKORN X...

These are EDUM x TUTEN puppies and man oh man they are awesome!!

I have a wide range of Sterling Thai Ridgeback Dogs available from the
House of Sakorn Sterling TRD kennel in Chiang Mai - Thailand.
All four colors are available in  Black, Red, Fawn, and Blue.

Prices range from $250 - $2,000 USD (Thai Baht 8,750 - 70,000),
depending on age, color and quality. Most all my dogs are shipped abroad,
but are also available locally. There are also a few older TRD available, age
ranging from 10 months - 2 years. These dogs all show excellent
characteristics and are looking for their own, cozy home.


Please read what one American visitor has to say after a tour of my kennels.

The new HOUSE of SAKORN-STERLING TRD breeding and boarding kennels..

Mr. Wayne Fritts from America is now living here in Thailand.

Hello Jack,

I want to thank you for the tour of your compound. I have been involved with
different breeds and breeders most of my life.  I commend you on the way
you have developed your TRD breed and your kennel area.

I am very impressed with the way you had a connection with the 30 plus dogs
that you have, even knowing each one's name as well as the background of
their parents. It was impressive how each dog would respond to your
command with using just their names.

As you know, I live here in Thailand as well and have the opportunity to see
TRD in our village. What you have shown me, which I did not know before was
the gregarious compassion that this breed has. We were impressed with how
clean your compound was and the large running areas that your dogs can run
and play in with each other.

I would hope other breeder's would follow your lead.

The hardest part is choosing which one as we loved them all.

See you again soon. 

Wayne and Ploy Fritts
Tung Tom, Thailand

Thanks Wayne.. I love your truck! a way cool cruiser...


Is the question most people are asking me now! I must say, I would love to
ship or hand you that TRD puppy at 8-12 weeks... but due to the rules and
regulations set forth by the USDA.... FOUR MONTHS is the rule!

Sorry, but I could never trust a Thai breeder to do that for me.
No one here want to care for a TRD that long here. But, the rules are the
rules and I totally agree with them. Any TRD younger than 4 months can't
handle such a long and stressful journey. This is the answer to all those
same people who all wonder why I moved to Thailand and not breed the
TRD breed in America. Someone had to do this for the future of all TRD.

So, the answer to the above question is the

Jack Sterling's Mai RED DAENGO
compared to a drawing of a "perfect" TRD...

After you get your STERLING TRD you then
will be plagued with basically one question
from the time you receive your TRD at the






I love my two Sterling TRD!! and it shows
the way you raised them...
Mary Wernsman
Rock Island, IL



I think Jack Sterling  has the very finest TRD in this TRD breed you will find
today anywhere in the world... Jack's dog that I bought from him a few months
ago is now under going Police dog work in Bangkok.

Bangkok, Thailand

Sterling TRD selected for "Sniffer Dog" training by Thai Task Force

Mauro and "Ray Ray" at the Thai Task Force (TTF) training center.

Hi Jack
As promised I give you some news on the progress of "Ray Charles" or
"Ray-Ray" as he's known here in Bangkok. The 'little' guy has made quite some
stir here with his good manners and his excellent character. How could we have
expected this? His first weeks were not easy, given the fact that he was
extremely shy and frightened of about everything, including his own reflection
in the mirror. It took him a while to get used to all the people around him and
friends were starting to call him "Dooby Doo", due to his initial jumpy behavior.

All my training went in to developing his self confidence, socializing with and
getting him used to crowds. Daily runs, a precise diet and much of love are part
of his life now and I can't believe how much he gives back to us. His affection
has no boundaries! He's still a cautious guy but not jumpy and quite self
assured now. He has taken to training with a lot of enthusiasm and had never to
be forced.

Ray-Ray at 6 months. Thailand #1 Police K-9

Ray-Ray is most of the time with me, especially in the evenings, where I take
him to all my trainings. I'm still providing self-defense classes to Thai Security
Forces and many officers there have become good friends. All began with a
joke one evening when Ray-Ray went after the training bags and picked the one
of about 45 bags, with some dried fish jerky left in it. Of course everyone
blamed it on the sweaty sneakers, well, all except the owner of the bag of
course. Thais are known for their gambling spirit and soon bets went off to see
whether Ray-Ray would sniff out the jerky under more complex circumstances.
Needless to say, Ray-Ray very much obliged and found the sample no matter
what. Ray-Ray in training at 8.5 months! You have to know that there are
currently no TRD's in any of the Police programs. They're deemed too unstable,
respectively not obedient enough and the forces prefer foreign breeds such as
the GS, Labrador and similar. However Ray-Ray has done an obedience training
test and is now being tested for further "sniffer" training. Of course this is
only a test altogether since I won't give him away but it probably leads the way
for other TRD's to at least be given the chance to serve in their own country!

Do I look like bad breeding stock to you?

Mauro Beck

Mr. Sterling,

I am an anxious man. Anxious in the fact that I cant wait until I finally buy a
Sterling Thai Ridgeback from you. I have owned Basenjis and Pharaoh Hounds,
which are great breeds, but I have always wanted a Thai Ridgeback. I am
getting close to the point where I can afford a ridgeback, not just
the purchase but the long term care of a dog. I constantly check your stock
and dream of the day I have a Sterling Thai Ridgeback of my own.

Thank You for breeding such great dogs.

Josh French


Hello Papa Jack,

I've been looking at your new kennels, your place, your dogs, .........and all of
those puppies.  Sure looks like you are doing a great job at doing a good thing!! 
I sort of stumbled into owning one of these dogs - and I am so glad I did. 
She can be a handful at times.  But she is the coolest!

I am going to be moving Feb 1 and there may be a lapse at me being on the email. 
Hopefully a short one.  I am thankful for Jeanette Barnes.  I was uncertain
about moving and being able to get my dog into a rental and she was there for
me, to back me up if necessary as to "WHAT KIND OF DOG IS THAT!" and
also if the worse case scenario would help with the dog.  I have
found a place and gotten approval for the dog.  And I am thankful.  I will also
be thankful to come OUT of West Virginia into Virginia.  It feels more human
as soon as one crosses the state line.

I haven't read everything at those TRD message boards, but have caught
some things about people being critical of you and trying to give you a hard time. 
All those Brits can just shut up and kiss my royal Scottish backside. 
My hat is off to you, Mr. Jack Sterling!  I'm the one who took in a dog that some
bozo had left tied to a tree.  For months I did not even know what she was - but
I knew I loved her and that she was unique, and cooler than cool!  Then I found
out what I had.  And it was you.............who told me and helped me. You are thee guy!
The one who brought these TRD over here to the United States. And that is the fact!

Love to you, Papa Jack
Sandy Merrick
(The girls, too, send love)

See the testimonial page for more of the STERLING TRD owners comments..


                      What to look for when buying a

                           RED, FAWN, BLACK,or BLUE TRD  




Buying a TRD is not a decision to be taken lightly. A TRD is a gentle, charming but indomi
table and independent pet dog, the breed is well known for being an one man type of dog
and it is very devoted to its family, be sure it is the right addition for you and your
family. The TRD is not the dog for everyone not for every family. However, given the
right owner, it is the most rewarding of lovely companions.

You can save much of the care and effort of raising a TRD puppy by choosing one, which
is in good health to start with. The new owner will save himself from much work;
expense and disappointment if he will be sure to choose a healthy dog, one bred from
sound parents and, which has, received adequate care and good food from the start.

Where you buy your puppy is important. Finding a reputable breeder needed a lot of
home works. Contact your local Breed Club or Veterinarians in your area or people who
own the breed to find a reputable breeder, talk to as many breeders as possible, look
at their kennel conditions, learn their reasons for breeding and what their qualification
are to be a breeder. How many litters a year do they have? Are these folks commercial
breeders that are doing this for profit, or do they truly live the breed and are trying to
better it? Are they sincerely interested in the breed?

Reputable breeder has a true love for his dog, he does not sell only a dog, he sells confi
dence in the quality of his dogs and his friendship and dependability. These breeders
have spend much time and effort to study bloodlines, to cares for their dogs and to ob
serve them day after day as they develop. He has had to have patience and more
patience because it requires experience and direct observation, trial and error over a
period years until he can feel conscientiously that he has a good working knowledge of
breeding, an understanding of the laws of heridity and bloodlines. So his dog are bred
according to the breed Standard, they are represented truthfully, correct papers are
furnished and they are sound dogs worth the purchase price.

A good breeder breeds for himself in the first place. His only motive is to improve the
quality of his dogs. He is like the artist who hates to part with his own creation, but he
must part with them, he cannot keep them all. He will not sell a dog until he find a
prospective buyer who's are willing to care for his dog. It is important to know that
when you purchase a dog, it's like you signing a contract with this dog to care for him in
sickness and in health; the responsibility for the raising of a happy and healthy dog rest
solely with you.

If you are looking a definite show dog and will be un happy if your TRD is not a "flyer"
in the ring, then do not buy a puppy. It is impossible to predict how perfect a young
puppy will be when he grows up. The experience show breeder may pick only the most
"promising" puppies with some potentials, but he cannot honestly give you a guarantee
that you are purchasing a future champion. It is only the uncrupulous breeder that
takes advantage of the novice by making foolish promises to induce a sale.

Dogs by nature are alert,active creatures, do not be attracted to the quiet little puppy in the corner. A healthy
puppy is lively and friendly, they should look with bright eyes, a clean nose, firm gums, clean coat
and always in good flesh, ribs and hips bones well covered, feet round and similar to a
cat's paw. The TRD come in four colors- RED, BLUE, BLACK and FAWN (isabella)- with
8 different kinds of variation in the shape of the ridge, BEWARE of so called "rare
colors" or "rare ridges". Use "SENCE" to choose the right breeder  and finding the
right puppy in the right places and remember that before your dog can be a GREAT TRD
he must be a good, healthy and sound dog ~ A good sound dog plus correct breed TYPE
and CHARACTERISTIC and you have the World's most beautiful dog.

American Thai Ridgeback Association


As a breeder, exhibitor or owner, the Thai Ridgeback Dog enthusiast is often
confronted with the decision and courses of action which can impact not only the health
and well-being of his/her own dogs, but also the continued preservation of the
Thai Ridgeback Dog breed as a whole. In a sincere effort to aid both the novice and
the long-time fancier, ATRA hereby sets forth these voluntary guidelines,
representing a distillation of the personal codes of conduct and valid concerns of its

Article I - Breeding Considerations...  

Section 1 Prerequisites. The first and foremost consideration should always be the
desire to preserve and advance the breed. Every breeding should be done selectively,

A. Careful analysis of the temperament of the sire and dam, including all possible
research into the temperaments in their individual backgrounds.  

B. Careful study of canine anatomy, the breed standard, the breed's history and
function and the basic principles of genetics. Application of these studies to a thorough
research of the pedigrees of the prospective parents.  

C. Ethical breeders should discuss openly and honestly the genetic and physical
problems that have occurred in their lines. This should include the potential of these
problems to be passed on, especially in cases where testing can indicate only that a dog
is currently free of a problem, but cannot determine that the problem or the ability
to pass it on will not be inherited. Stud dogs or brood bitches who produce offspring of
consistently poor quality or with genetic problems known to be inherited in the breed
are therefore of no value as breeding stock and should not be used again.  

Section 2 Legal Requirements. Every potential breeder must be aware that the
ATRA requires (ATRA Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline) that all breeders
keep accurate and thorough breeding records and follow such practices as will preclude
any possibility of error in identification of an individual dog or doubt as to the
parentage of a particular dog or litter. Contact ATRA as to what are considered
acceptable methods of identification.  

Section 3 Health And Husbandry. All dogs and bitches should receive Routine health
checks and/or be examined by a veterinarian before breeding to determine that they
are healthy and mature enough for this purpose. In addition. to but not limited to, the
following are recommended:  

A. Owners of the sire and dam should exchange health information, i.e.: certification
by a veterinary ophthalmologist that the dog or bitch is reasonably clear of PPM and
currently clear of PRA; sufficiently documented testing in both dogs' ancestry to
insure that they are; OFA certification for dogs and bitches over two years old;
negative brucellosis, heartworm, and fecal exams. All dogs/puppies should be checked
and monitored for Dermoid Sinus Cysts or DSC.  

B. Breeding should be undertaken only when the breeder is in a position to properly
care for the bitch and litter. The breeder should recognize that it may be necessary
to house offspring for some time and that he/she must be prepared to provide suitable
facilities and socialization during this period.  

C. Bitches should not be bred at their first season, preferably not before the age of
two years; bitches should also be bred no more than once per year.  

D. Stud dogs should be bred selectively. The stud owner should discourage the
individual who wants to breed the pet quality bitch or one unsuitable for the stud in
question, and explain why this is necessary.

E. The stud owner also should ascertain that the owner of the bitch has the required
knowledge and the necessary facilities to care for the puppies for however long it may
take to properly place them.  

Article II - Selling And Sales Practices...  

Section 1 Legal Requirements.   Problems resulting from sales and sales agreements
are perhaps the greatest source of dissatisfaction and ill will in any breed. It's
important that the seller be honest with both the buyer and him/herself.  

A. Every person who sells or places a dog should provide the new owner with a
registration application, a signed transfer or signed agreement between buyer and
seller documenting the transfer of ownership.
(ATRA Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline).  

B. All agreements and stipulations should be recorded either in sales contracts or by
a simple written exchange of mutual expectations. The ATRA will only uphold a legal
judgment obtained in a court of law; it cannot adjudicate sales contracts or

Section 2 Breeding Arrangements. Breeding arrangements are often confusing; they
are best written and agreed upon by both seller and buyer.  

A. Breeding arrangements should never be required which compel the pet buyer to
breed a dog or bitch. It is strongly advised that all puppies graded as "pets" be sold
on spay/neuter contracts with an UKC "Limited Registration".  

B. Breeding arrangements "instead of" cash payment are discouraged. Such
arrangements "in addition to" a selling price are usually made on an animal of such
superior quality that it is necessary for the breeder/seller to maintain said animal as
part of a well-planned ongoing breeding program.  

Section 3 Educational Responsibility. The ethical breeder/seller should be honest in
informing the prospective of the Thai Ridgeback Dog's particular personality and
idiosyncrasies. He/she should also disclose all breed health problems as well as each
specific animal's physical, mental and nutritional needs and history.  

Section 4. Conditions Of Sale.  In order to expedite sales, sale prices of dogs and
puppies should not be dropped lower than what is customary in any locality. This is not
the practice of an ethical breeder.  

A. No puppy should be released or shipped to a new home without having received vacci
nations in accordance with local veterinary recommendations. New owners should be
provided with a three generation pedigree, complete inoculation records including
booster due dates, name and address of the seller's veterinarian, and complete
written instructions on diet and care.  

B. Any health guarantee should allow the buyer a specified period of time (usually
three days to one week) within which to have the puppy examined by a veterinarian of
their choice.  

C. Ethical breeders do not consign Thai Ridgeback Dogs to pet stores, animal brokers
or commercial kennels.  

D. All breeders should be careful in the placement of their stock and should not knowi
ngly deal with unethical persons. An ethical breeder should not sell to nor aid in
procuring a Thai Ridgeback for any person who he/she has reason to believe will not
provide the proper care and environment, or who may use the dog in any fashion that is
detrimental to the breed.  

Article III - Lifetime Responsibility...  

Section 1. A responsible breeder should be willing to take back, rehabilitate
(if possible) and re-place in a suitable home any dog he/she has bred and sold when the
original purchaser is unable to keep the dog at any time during the dog's lifetime.
Contracts and written agreements should preclude the dog being resold and require
its return to the breeder in all cases. If an animal is beyond rehabilitation, the
breeder should be willing to either advise humane euthanasia or be responsible for
such if the owner is unwilling or unable to do so.  

Article IV - Advertising...  

Section 1. All advertising of puppies, adults or stud service should be factual and
without misleading implications. Likewise, advertising of show wins and breeding
records should be neither false nor misleading.  

Section 2. All advertising and promotion, written and/or oral, should be confined to
the specific aspects of the seller's stock and should not allude in a derogatory way to
the methods, animals or reputations of other breeders.  

Article V - Sportsmanship...  

The term "sportsmanship" might be strictly defined as the art of playing fair;
accepting defeat without complaint and victory without boastfulness. However, the
following additional concepts of sportsmanship, when practiced, can enhance the
pleasures of participation and the respect afforded the Thai Ridgeback Dog fancy.

Section 1. Courtesy: Every Thai Ridgeback Dog enthusiast should conduct him/herself
at all times in such a manner as to reflect positively on the sport of breeding and
showing dogs in general and on the Thai Ridgeback Dog breed in particular.  

A. You alone are responsible for cleaning up after your dogs: Anywhere, and at Anytime!  

B. Whether in the ring, seated ringside, traveling, staying at hotels/motels or dining
out, DO NOT be so rude as to leave your animals unattended to inflict damage to the
environs or excessive noise on other people (or dogs!).  

Section 2.  Experienced breeders and exhibitors should willingly offer the novice
advice, constructive criticism or assistance with problems when requested to do so.
However, keep in mind that unsolicited "constructive criticism" can cause great pain.  

Section 3.   In the course of any contact, whether in person, by telephone or by mail,
an ethical breeder should never refer in a derogatory way to the methods, animals or
reputations of other breeders or competitors.  

Section 4.   Malicious criticism (hurtful or mean-spirited comments) should never
be made. 

© ATRA Copyright 1994-2006


  • Breed TRD which are temperamentally and structurally sound.
  • Be familiar with the Breed Standard and breed only those dogs and bitches
    which most closely conform to it.
  • Not breed to an unregistered TRD
  • Not wholesale litters of TRDs, provide any animal for prize or raffle purposes.
  • Sell dogs in good condition, health and sound at time of delivery.
  • Keep puppies with the litter until 8 weeks of age.
  • Provide 3 or 4 generation color marked pedigree and the Official registration
    papers at the time of sale of each dog. Any dog sold as a pet and not for breeding
    should be given a limited registration or a written spay/neuter agreement.
  • A stud dog should be a year or more of age before breeding and a bitch not less
    than 18 months.
  • A bitch not be bred not more than once a year.



Breeding for Color in the TRD


The purposes of this document is to provide breeders with a better understanding of
breeding for color in the TRD, the material in this document is designed to assist
breeders in maximizing the production of the four colors accepted for the show ring.


Red colored pedigrees should have only Red and/or Black for a minimum of 4
generations. They should not have Blue or Fawn for a minimum of 4 generations.

(Blacks that are used in these pedigrees may carry Red recessively. Therefore, when
these Blacks are bred to Red may be produced in addition to Black and/or Red with
Black mask.)

In breeding for REDS, one should be breed only to a Red or a Black who have only Red
and/or Black in their pedigrees.


 Expected Offspring

      Red    x   Red      


      Red   x   Black     

  Red w/black mask and/or Black  


Blue pedigrees are defined into two categories. Blues in any category should not have
colors from other categories for a minimun of 4 generations.

Categories 1 : Pedigree of Blues should have only Blue and/or Black for a minimun of 4

Categories 2 : Pedigree of Blues should have only Blue and/or Red and/or Fawn for a
minimum of 4 generations.

In breeding for BLUES one should only be bred to colors within their category.

Category 1 : These Blues should only be bred to Blue or Black, which have only Blue
and/or Black in their pedigrees.


     Expected Offspring   

Blue   x   Blue 


                  Blue   x   Black                  

              Blue  and/or  Black             

Category 2 : These Blues should only be bred to  Blue or Red or Fawn, which have only
Blue and/or Red and/or Fawn in their pedigrees.


              Expected Offspring          

 Blue   x    Blue


Blue   x    Red

 Blue and/or Red and/or Fawn

  Blue    x    Fawn

 Blue and/or Red and/or Fawn


Black pedigrees are defined into two categories. Blacks in any category should not
have colors from other categories for a minimum of 4 generations.

Categories 1 : Pedigrees of Blacks should have only Black and/or Red for a minimum
of 4 generations.

Categories 2 : Pedigrees of Blacks should have only Black and/or Blue for a minimum
of 4 generations.


Blacks should only be bred to colors within their category.

Category 1 : These Blacks should only be bred to Black and/or Red, which have only
Black and/or Red in their pedigrees.


              Expected Offspring              

 Black   x   Black


Black   x   Red

 Black and/or Red w/black mask

Category 2 : These Blacks should only be bred to Black and/or Blue which have only
Black and/or Blue in their pedigrees.

                       Parents                                      Expected Offspring             

 Black   x   Black


Black   x   Blue

Black and/or Blue


The pedigree of the FAWN should have only Fawn and/or Blue and/or Red from Blue
family for a minimum of 4 gnerations. Fawns should not have Black and/or Red from
Black family for a minimum of 4 generations.

When breeding FAWNS they should be bred only to Fawns and/or Blue and/or Red
from Blue family, which have only Fawn and/or Blue and/or Red from Blue family in
their pedigrees.

                     Parents                                    Expected Offspring           

  Fawn   x   Fawn


 Fawn   x   Blue

 Fawn and/or Blue

 Fawn   x   Red

 Fawn and/or Blue and/or Red

Fawn  x   Black
Blue, Fawn. Black, and Red


This documents is a simply guideline for understanding colors breeding in the TRD,
is for educational purpose only. It should be noted that four generations is simply a
reasonable number to assume a recessive gene may have been eliminated based on its
non-appearance. Four generations is not a validated number of generations that
guarantees an undersirable recessive gene cannot be carried without appearance.