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Phu Quoc Ridgeback - one of the rarest dogs in the world

The dog bears the pride of the people in Phu Quoc island

The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a breed of dog from the island of Phú Quốc in Kiên Giang Province in southern Vietnam. It is one of three ridgebacked breeds, the others being the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the Thai Ridgeback.


It's one of the rarest dogs in the world. The number of Phu Quoc Ridgeback is very small. In 2015, only about 800 species were registered around the world, of which the most live in Phu Quoc island, Kien Giang, Vietnam.

The origin of Phu Quoc Ridgeback is still unknown. As two American scientists, Merle Wood and Merle Hidinger said that the ridge of hair on the back of Phu Quoc dog certainly originated from Thai dog breeds. According to them, at least 400 years ago, Thai fishermen unknowingly became breeders when they came fishing in Phu Quoc island.

However, Master Nguyen Van Bien of Can Tho University in Vietnam has refuted the above theory. He said the theory was absurd, Phu Quoc is a isolated island far from mainland, Thai fisherman could not exceed 400-500 kilometers to reach Phu Quoc island.

The characteristics of Phu Quoc Ridgeback

Phu Quoc Ridgeback dog breed

Intelligent, obedience, loyalty

Phu Quoc Ridgeback will learn quickly and will keep any owner on their toes. They are not voted in any list of the smartest dogs. However, in the experience of the people who have owned Phu Quoc Ridgeback, they are even more intelligent than German Shepherd breed. Indeed their loyalty is one of their essential qualities. They are known to bark loudly when a new person enters their territory, though will rarely show true aggression.

Still retain the wild elements

Phu Quoc Ridgeback also knows how to dig their own burrows to give birth and have a special talent for hunting animals, climbing, swimming in the water as well as otters thanks to its feet having membranes as the ducks.

Phu Quoc Ridgeback 3

Other characteristics can be mentioned as:
  • Hunting well
  •  Agile and skillful
  • Good memory
  • Howling when there is a strange noise
  • Strong jaw
  • Gluttonous

Phu Quoc Ridgeback 4

Talented in hunting, but Phu Quoc Ridgeback is very friendly with people. If you are visiting in Vietnam, don't forget to come to Phu Quoc island to meet one of the rarest and the most intelligent breeds of dog in the world.

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