Origins of Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dogs
Originated from Phu Quoc Island in the Kien Giang Province of Vietnam. The island is located at the southern most tip of Vietnam near the Bay of Thailand. Phu Quoc dogs are considered part of the primitive dogs genre (Pariah Dogs, Aboriginal Dogs, Feral Dogs). These dogs that have kept their original form, appearance and characteristics. Very little change of these dogs have come from Man and they are widely spread out and in many countries.
Unique Characteristics of the Phu Quoc Dog
A ridge of hair (consisting of ingrown hairs in the middle of the back) along the spine of the dog. The hair on each side of the back grows in opposite direction meeting at the spine that form patterns, swirls or ridges.
One very unique trait is that female Phu Quoc dogs tend to burrow in the ground to give birth to her litter.
A medium sized dog with a body shape that is muscular, compact, slim and fit. Very little fat. Smallish head ending in a pointed snout. Very long straight legs with a deep chest cavity that is v-shaped (not broad) with stomach tucked in, unnoticeable.
Head and Muzzle
Moderately long snout and usually have black edges.
Wrinkled skin on their forehead and under their jaw
V-shaped and slighlty cupped with a medium ear length of 8 cm. The ears stand forward when erect caused by excitment or fear or approaching animals or humans.
Yellow-gold and black
Black spots to completely black
Females from 48cm to 52cm
Males from 52cm to 55cm
Males from 48 cm to 54 cm.
Females from 45 to 50 cm.
Legs are strong, straight, solid. Feet and legs are close together when dog is standing.
Stance: feet close together, raised with distinct webbed skin between the toes, extending nearly to the tip
Black and pointed outwards from the paw. Nails do not touch the ground while walking or running.
Tail is tapered from larger at the base and coming to a point at the end. The tail is curved upwards and does not touch the body.
Hair & Coat
Short, straight hair, with some dogs having fine or coarse hair. Hair length is very short from 1 cm to 2cm.
Dark Reddish Brown, Golden Brown, Black (solid black without or other colours), Tiger Striped (yellowish-black and reddish-black & white and balck)
Males from 14 kg to 18 kg
Females from 12 kg to 16 kg
Even temperament, friendly, loyal, courageous. Inteiligent and very easy to train.
Strong sense of smell (Olfactory development)
Expert hunters, swimmers and climbers.
Activities and Functions
Guarding owner’s premises and hunting
Relentless: boundless energy and not a placid dog
Females sexually mature at 8 months old. Average of 5 young per litter. Very good parenting skills.
Phu Quc dogs tend to like to burrow in the ground to give birth
14-16 years on average.
A Team Dog!
Works and behaves well with other dogs; highly sociable. Cats may be a problem unless the young dog is brought up with a few cats: Phu Quoc dogs are natural hunters and chases anything that moves quickly within their sight and grasp.
Agility & Coordination
Extremely agile and have good coordination, even when puppies.
They need lots of space because they have boundless energy and need a space to use it work off it.
Drink lots of water due to their hyper activity (energy output) and the heat and humidity of Southern Vietnam. Also are vocarious eaters due to their energy requirements
Exercise Requirements of Phu Quoc Dogs
They need regular walking and exercise. Never keep these dogs tied up for long periods of time or they will cry and bark extremely loud.