Top Five Popular Dog Breeds In Thailand

For all the dog lovers out there, you know how stressful it is to leave your furry companion behind while you are on vacation.

Luckily for you, Thailand is a country of hospitality. If you abide by specific regulations and laws, you can bring your canine friend.  Other than that, you are likely wondering what dogs you may run into while in Thailand. To answer this question, we have made a list of the top five popular dog breeds in Thailand. So, let’s get started.

Thai Bangkaew Dog

The Thai Bangkaew Dog is a medium-sized Spitz-type dog with a thick, dense coat, and is a handsome canine; though probably knows it too! Confident and fearless, this breed is known for the loyalty that they show towards their owners and their dormant nature. Developed roughly a hundred years ago within Thailand, the Thai Bangkaew Dog is popular in its homeland but you can rarely spot it anywhere else in the world.

Thai Ridgeback

The Thai Ridgeback might have existed for centuries, but it wasn’t until about 350 years ago that humans domesticated them to guard, and pull carts. This headstrong but loyal breed was unheard of outside of its native Thailand. However, this dog is becoming more popular around the globe now. The Thai Ridgeback is independent, and very energetic, which means they will always be keeping their humans on their toes.

Yorkshire Terrier

Despite being recognized for its long, glossy coat of a Yorkie lies a genuine, full-blooded terrier. These dogs were hunting rats long before they became one of the most famous lapdogs of ladies from the Victorian era. This combination of elegance and feisty makes them one of the most popular dogs across the globe, and Thailand is no different. Not only that, Yorkshire terriers are low-allergen, as their coat resembles human hair more than regular dog fur. This is another reason for their popularity.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu literally translates to ‘little lion’, which could make you imagine anything but this dog. These dogs are bred to be lapdogs and companions, which makes them affectionate and needy. They can be lying in the house all day or following their owners all across the house, so they are typically owned by elders or people who live in apartments. Looking at some of Thailand’s big, crowded cities with glorious skyscrapers, it isn’t a surprise that Shih Tzu is on this list.


These little dogs seem to forget their size, and they will often act like a German shepherd or some much larger breed. As they are one of the most loved dog breeds globally, it isn’t a surprise that they are one of the most popular dog breeds in Thailand too. Chihuahuas make both excellent lapdogs and watchdogs, a rarely found combination.

Hope you come across at least one of the aforementioned popular dog breeds during your stay in Thailand.


Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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