eet MR BIG II currently residing in San Francisco, CA
This is the sort of TRD I was breeding in 2007...
Meet MR. BIG who lives in San Francisco, CA with the Kevin Sarkki family.
Here is what they have to say...
We celebrate our Thai Ridgeback Dog's third birthday with great joy! I posted a 50-second video clip on YouTube for you. For best viewing, let the video fully load, then start. (owned and operated by the Kevin Sarkki family of San Francisco, CA..- batteries were not included)
This breed is amazing!!!
Our Sterling or Baan Sakorn TRD, "Big," has proven himself a welcome addition to the family.
We already cared for a 20 lbs. Rat Terrier and an 80 lbs. Rhodesian Ridgeback mix so it was with some trepidation that we contacted Baan Sakorn who was from San Francisco a decade ago who was now breeding his TRD in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They assured us that this dog would make for a good fit—he has proven to be correct, for Big has won us over by just being the noblest of dogs. He has tolerated the Rhody's persistent harassment (11 year old female, nuff said), and does not play too rough with the little Terrier. He deflects the Rhody's verbal abuse with the patience of a saint. He seems all-knowing in temperament and the neighbor kids have even nicknamed him "Yoda."
He is the best of the three on walks around the neighborhood, always follows my directions and keeps pace beautifully, whereas the other two require constant corrections.
From day one Big knew where in the yard to do his business. While the others drop wherever their nose takes them, he knows where the containment barrel is and drops within a short radius, effectively making my job so much easier-this is of his own volition as I never prompted him to do so.
Be forewarned, this breed is a very capable digger, or should I say, engineer. Having dug deep, like three foot caves that could have effectively assisted escape from Stalag 13! This is one area where I must intervene with appropriate obstacles, like railroad ties and stepping stones. He gets daily walks but has so much pent up energy to burn it's just another way for him to release.
Extremely healthy and athletic, I liken him to a thoroughbred horse. The neighbors think it's due to some steroids mixed in his food bowl, but truth be told, all I can afford is what anyone can buy from Costco.
I marvel at his figure and hope to sculpt a life-size statue some day. I did paint a black velvet portrait that captured him with that all-knowing expression, one that he wears when not smiling. Lately he's been talking more, as if mimicking us humans. He's quite a character and we are entertained by his antics.
I will keep you informed as he matures and know that we are thrilled to have him. Baan Sakorn was totally right on the money with this dog and we thank him for his frankness and that he is always there after the purchase as well. No matter what you read on the internet about Baan Sakorn, all I can say is he did good by me and my family. I know where I will go to get my second TRD.
Our TRD showed his protective side today.
While out walking my dogs today, I had an encounter
with an 85-pound Rottweiler of "West Oakland" pedigree.
By that I guess it means "gangsta-bred."
Whenever I see another dogwalker my gut
reaction is to move to the other side of the
street to avoid confrontation. But today the
other dogwalker was unseen coming around
The dogwalker said his dog was friendly enough,
but asked about my dog. What kind of dog is that?
"It's a jungle dog from Thailand..." I said. "... And I am
not sure about how friendly he is." The owner then
noted my TRD's movements and proclaimed,
"He's skittish." I replied, "Yes, he is." Nonetheless,
the dogwalker wanted his Rottie to go face-to-face
with my TRD.
What happened next is why I never allow our TRD
to roam without a leash. When the Rottie got about
one foot away, our TRD lunged forward, and with a
fierce snap sent the Rottie in retreat.
To which the dogwalker said, "Oh, he's a biter!"
I replied, "Yes, he is. "
Fortunately no injury to report. But a lesson learned.
I held our TRD on a short leash, with little room to
maneuver. Had I allowed for greater freedom of movement,
there could have been blood on my hands.
TRDs are a primitive dog breed. That is the lure for some, like me, but for others, that primitive nature is more than they care to come to terms with.
If I may indulge you in a comparison. Think of gargoyles, those medieval creatures ornamenting ancient European architecture. During the middle ages the gargoyle served as a symbol of evil--effective imagery to elicit religious submission to a largely illiterate population. Looking at a TRD in person it is easy to imagine wings on its back, breathing fire--yeah, it commands respect.
A similar reaction is apparent in those who see a TRD for the first time. I've heard people comment: "that dog looks scary… mandingo dog… is your dog mean?
I say, "It's a jungle dog from Thailand. It moves like a ninja, like a big cat, like a jaguar. Tough to handle. It requires the caretaker to be constantly ready to be challenged. It's not for everyone.
Generally the conversation ends with them complimenting me, stating how amazing our dog appears.
$9.50 each which includes postage to the USA only..
We are proud members of
Baan Sakorn TRD
Where is Baan Sakorn TRD? Answer... We are located in the 700 year old city of
Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand.
"How much does a TRD puppy cost?"
A puppy will cost from...
$300 to $3000 depending on quality...
Who pays the cage & shipping?
Answer... Whomever is buying the dog or puppy.
All prices are quoted first in Thai Baht...
Naturally, CASH works the best...
REFUNDS or RETURNS There are no refunds on any deposits made on cages, shipping costs, or the purchase price of any TRD puppy or dog. Any and all Baan Sakorn TRD can be returned.. a full credit can be applied to any new replacement puppy depending on the reason of the return.
History: The Mah Thai Lung Arn has been a Thai breed of dog for over 400 years and got their start in the Trat part of Thailand many many years ago. Believe to be "kin" to the Vietnamese Ridgeback called the "Phu Quoc Dog (PQD) the Thai Ridgeback or as I called them in 1994 the TRD got its start in the United States in 1994 by none other me, an American named Mr. Jack Sterling from San Francisco, CA.
Jack Sterling and daughter Tracy 1992
In Thailand, they are called the "Mah Thai Lung Arn" but due to Mr. Sterling's fast thinking for the advertising of the breed at that time he would call the the TRD. now, today across the globe people of all nationalities call the the TRD for short.
Jack, ChaiYo & his
mom & dad in 1999
Jack lived in the USA for about 9 years from 1994-2003 promoting the breed throughout all 50 states. 90% of all the people who have bred their TRD and those people still breeding their TRD got their TRD from Jack Sterling.
Jack Sterling at a AKC
dog show in NYC 1997
The cost of a TRD pet or show quality:
That is up to you! from a "re-home" adult we will take any offer on to the very best you will ever find.
My TRD are priced according to quality, color, age and availability.
The TRD Rainbow... RED, BLUE BLACK and FAWN
Shipping and the cage costs are extra...
A small cage made of wire is used on domestic flights only are FREE.
A medium cage airline approved for a 4 month old TRD is about $150+.
A large cage airline approved for a 8 month old TRD is about $250+
Call us at:
Baan Sakorn TRD phone number:
The + symbol means
your country's code
for dialing out. Call
your operator. The
66 is the country
code of Thailand
and the rest of
the number is my
(Inside Thailand) 081-716-0420