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Phú Quốc Ridgeback
Characteristics, History, and Health

Phú Quốc Ridgeback

The Phú Quốc Ridgeback, also known as the Vietnamese Ridgeback, is a breed of dog that originates from the island of Phú Quốc in Vietnam. This breed is one of only three breeds that have a ridge of hair running down their back in the opposite direction to the rest of their coat, alongside the Thai Ridgeback and the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They are a medium-sized breed with a variety of color patterns ranging from black to tiger stripe. They are noble, primitive hunters and will protect and love their owners. According to the Phu Quoc Ridgeback Kennel Club (PQRKC), dto the distance of the island from the mainland, this breed was isolated and was never crossed with any other breed.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Vietnamese Ridgeback, Phu Quoc Dog, Beautiful Island Ridgeback
Life Expectancy
12-15 years
Average Male Height
19-21 inches
Average Female Height
18-20 inches
Average Male Weight
30-45 pounds
Average Female Weight
25-40 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Hard, Dense
Coat Colors
Black, Fawn (from Pale Yellow to Deep Red), Brindle
Coat Pattern
Black Mask, Tan Points, Countershading

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Phú Quốc Ridgebacks are known to be generally healthy dogs, but can suffer from patellar luxation and hip dysplasia. They are susceptible to bloat, also known as gastric dilation volvulus (GDV). This is a life-threatening condition that can come on suddenly, so it’s important to know the warning signs and get an affected dog immediate veterinary care. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following additional conditions: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.

Personality and Behavior

Phú Quốc Ridgebacks are known for their agility, intelligence, and independence. They can be wary of strangers but are generally loyal and affectionate with their families. These dogs are high energy and require regular exercise to keep them physically and mentally stimulated. They can be somewhat challenging to train due to their independent nature, but with consistent, positive reinforcement training methods, they can excel in various activities. They have a prey drive so early socialization and obedience training is a must.

Fun Facts

The Phú Quốc Ridgeback is an excellent swimmer, and its webbed feet are a unique characteristic not commonly seen in most dog breeds.

These dogs have been known to climb trees, which is a testament to their agility and adaptability.

The Vietnamese consider the Phú Quốc Ridgeback a national treasure, and exporting them was illegal until recent years.