Phu Quoc Ridgeback

The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a breed of dog originating from Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. Their history dates back centuries on the island, where they have developed unique characteristics to adapt to their environment. It is a medium-sized breed that features a distinctive ridge of hair on the back.

General details

Males can weigh between 16 and 25 kilograms, while females range between 12 and 20 kg. Height varies between 50 and 56 centimeters. Their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. The breed is not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a breed of dog native to Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. It is believed to be one of the oldest breeds in the country and has existed for centuries in isolation on the island. These dogs have adapted to the tropical climate and harsh conditions of the island, developing unique characteristics to survive. Throughout their history, Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have been used as hunting and companion dogs by the island's inhabitants. However, due to their geographic isolation, the breed is relatively unknown outside of Vietnam and has only recently been recognized internationally.

Breed characteristics

The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a breed of dog originating from the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam. It has a head proportional to the body, with erect ears and expressive eyes. Its distinguishing feature is its ridged back, which consists of a line of hair in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. Their coat is short and dense, and their coloration can vary, with golden, reddish and brindle tones being common. As for their temperament, they are courageous, intelligent and loyal dogs. This is a dignified and highly intelligent breed; their intelligence can sometimes make them stubborn during training. The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a friendly companion and has a natural protective instinct.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the Phu Quoc Ridgeback breed is very limited; it is not known to be prone to specific health problems. Even so, it is likely to be predisposed to some of the more common disorders in dogs such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, cataracts and retinal dysplasia.

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