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Phu Quoc Ridgeback Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Phu Quoc Ridgeback so you can get to know the breed more.

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Phu Quoc Ridgeback
OriginVietnam
Other Names
What other names does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback have? The dog breed also known as...
Beautiful Island Ridgeback, Cho Phu Quoc, Phu Quoc Dog, Phu Quoc Greyhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Phu Quoc Ridgeback recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Phu Quoc Ridgeback recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Phu Quoc Ridgeback price:
$80-$120
If you choose to purchase the Phu Quoc Ridgeback, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Phu Quoc Ridgeback for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Phu Quoc Ridgeback gets to a happy place.

Phu Quoc Ridgeback History

The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is the only native breed originating from Phu Quoc Island, province of Kien Giang, Vietnam. Their origins are still unknown however, some experts suggest that as a primitive breed, it is likely that they have existed there for centuries. According to some traditional local Vietnamese tales, the Phu Quoc Ridgebacks originate from a French ridgeback lost in the wild Island of Phu Quoc resulting in the breed’s transformation into wild dogs.

The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is believed to be a primitive hunting hound breed, used to hunt animals and fish. When people came to Phu Quoc island to live and work, they domesticated the wild dogs living in the nearby forests into working hounds. In the 1800s, the French were the first to classify the Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a separate type of breed. In 1897, the Phu Quoc Ridgeback appeared in the publications of Larrouse Encyclopedia and ‘Les Races de Chiens’ (the races of dogs). By the late 19th century, two dogs of the breed were brought to Europe and exhibited in dog shows. The breed was fancied among experts because of their unique coat which made them easily distinguishable from other breeds. There is a quite strange ridge of hair running along their spine on their backs. It is important to state that the only recognized breeds having a ridged coat are the Rhodesian Ridgeback of Africa and the Thai Ridgeback of Thailand besides the Phu Quoc Ridgeback with the same traits. That is why Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are usually compared to Thailand Ridgebacks. It has always been greatly disputed among experts whether or not these breeds are related or if this genetic mutation causing the strange allocation of hair, has simply occurred in various geographic locations.

After the Vietnamese War, the breed was on the edge of extinction and only numbered a few hundred on Phu Quoc Island, in Vietnam. With serious conservation efforts and a well-planned breeding program, their numbers increased to 700-800 purebreds in the past few decades. As of 2015, there are only a few thousand registered purebred Phu Quoc Ridgebacks existing worldwide. Because of that, the breed was awarded the Guinness Record for rareness among dog breeds. Visiting dog farms is considered one of the most exciting things to do in Phu Quoc for tourists nowadays. Due to the fact that there are not many of them currently, the breed is not able to enter many international dog shows, although, the breed, in 2013 won the Hanoi dog show.

In 2015, Catherine Lane was the first European to own and successfully breed Phu Quoc Ridgebacks. Ms. Lane traveled from the United Kingdom to Vietnam and then bringing two Phu Quoc Ridgebacks with her home. After some time, the dogs produced a litter, and each one of their puppies was sold at a price up to 10.000 English pounds. The Vietnamese Kennel Association is working on a specific breed standard in order to get the breed recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club)

Phu Quoc Ridgeback General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Phu Quoc Ridgeback size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback weigh? Phu Quoc Ridgeback weight:
Male: 31-40 pounds (14-18 kg), Female: 26.5-35.5 pounds (12-16 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Phu Quoc Ridgeback? Phu Quoc Ridgeback average weight:
Male: 35 pounds (16 kg), Female: 31 pounds (14 kg)
Height
How tall is the Phu Quoc Ridgeback? Phu Quoc Ridgeback height:
Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Phu Quoc Ridgeback average height:
Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Phu Quoc Ridgeback Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback have? What does this canine coat look like?
Coarse
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Phu Quoc Ridgeback's coat?
SpottedStripedBlackYellowReddishDark BrownGolden Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Phu Quoc Ridgeback and how often?
Easy to groom: The Phu Quoc Ridgeback doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Beautiful Island Ridgeback? Phu Quoc Ridgeback shedding level:
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Phu Quoc Ridgeback Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IntelligentInquisitiveTrainableCourageousDedicatedTerritorialLoyalSociableAggressiveIndependent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Phu Quoc Ridgeback? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Phu Quoc Ridgeback's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Phu Quoc Ridgeback sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Phu Quoc Ridgebacks don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Beautiful Island Ridgeback need? Phu Quoc Ridgeback social needs:
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cho Phu Quoc bark?
Average to high: The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Phu Quoc Ridgeback good as a watchdog?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Phu Quoc Ridgebacks will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Phu Quoc Ridgeback can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Phu Quoc Ridgeback will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Phu Quoc Ridgeback bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Beautiful Island Ridgeback? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Phu Quoc Ridgeback? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Phu Quoc Ridgeback has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback do?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Phu Quoc Ridgebacks need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Phu Quoc Ridgeback to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Phu Quoc Ridgeback roam?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Phu Quoc Ridgeback have high prey drive?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Phu Quoc Ridgeback good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Phu Quoc Ridgeback Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Phu Quoc Ridgeback and children:
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Phu Quoc Ridgeback good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Phu Quoc Ridgebacks good office dogs? Do Phu Quoc Ridgebacks make good office friendly dogs? Can Phu Quoc Ridgebacks be office dogs?
No
Phu Quoc Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Beautiful Island Ridgeback temperament with senior people? Are Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs good for elderly owners?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs get along with other pets? Are Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Phu Quoc Ridgeback breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Phu Quoc Ridgeback be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Phu Quoc Ridgeback is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Phu Quoc Ridgeback be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Phu Quoc Ridgeback is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Phu Quoc Ridgeback be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Phu Quoc Ridgeback is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Phu Quoc Ridgeback be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Phu Quoc Ridgeback be a boat dog?
Not really
Phu Quoc Ridgeback breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Phu Quoc Ridgeback be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Phu Quoc Ridgeback is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Phu Quoc Ridgeback Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs have health problems?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Phu Quoc Ridgeback breed? Health risks of Phu Quoc Ridgeback:
ArthritisBloatHip DysplasiaJoint DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Phu Quoc Ridgeback be?
14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Phu Quoc Ridgeback breed hypoallergenic?
No
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback have?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs require per day?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Phu Quoc Ridgebacks sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Phu Quoc Ridgeback risk for obesity:
Average. The Phu Quoc Ridgeback has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Phu Quoc Ridgeback's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Phu Quoc Ridgeback has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Phu Quoc Ridgeback drool?
The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Phu Quoc Ridgeback could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Phu Quoc Ridgeback. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Phu Quoc Ridgeback Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Phu Quoc Ridgeback: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Phu Quoc Ridgeback have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Phu Quoc Ridgeback have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Phu Quoc Ridgeback Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Phu Quoc Ridgeback's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Phu Quoc Ridgeback doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Adaptability: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Phu Quoc Ridgeback is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • JJ Ntshaykolo

    Sep 15, 2019, 12:36:54 AM:

    I own one- he is awesome- super easy to train - very easy to live with after the first 3 months- first 3 months was allloooot of poop