Phu Quoc Dog
Quoc Dog is actually one of the worlds three rarest ridgeback type
dogs that have whorls running down their backs. It is closely
related to the Thai Ridgeback, though it is suggested that the Phu
Quoc Dog is a completely different breed given the difference in
their size and the 2cm whorl (line of raised fur).
They are excellent hunters, unafraid of heights, intelligent and fiercely loyal yet are very trusting of strangers, so they make poor guard dogs. A mature dog is about 20-25kg, with a small head, quite a long snout, and thin ears. They love barking when strangers do approach, but they don't take things any further. The wild female when pregnant disappears into the national park, digging a den to give birth and nurse their pups for up to a month before rejoining the wild pack.
Dog lovers are looking to have the Phu Quoc dog recognized as a separate domestic dog breed for entry into international dog shows.
There is a Phu Quoc Dog breeding center on the island and some tours will visit this breeding center.
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