Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) or Questions and Answers (Q&A), are listed questions and answers that I get the most, all are commonly asked when i run into people while walking Hugo (my Phu Quoc dog). I’m still surprised about how often I get stopped and asked questions about him, on average I get 2-3 comments or questions daily. Actually, I get a lot of really simple questions like: Can I pet him, does he have ridgeback in him or my favorite is he a Shar-Pei/Labrador mix?
Hugo spends most of his time in Texas where Rhodesian Ridgebacks are fairly commen, not familiar with the other two (three if we include the Cambodian Razorback) ridgeback breeds, it’s not a surprise that we get the is he a mix question. For the purpose of the FAQ section, I won’t include those types of questions.

As this site develops, we will update the FAQ to include the other ridgeback breeds.

Phu Quoc Dog - what kind of dog are they?

Whenever people see my Phu Quoc dog, they almost always ask what kind of dog he is?
If only there was a simple answer; there probably is, but I have yet to figure it out.
-Here is the thing, most people don’t really know what a “Pariah-type” or “primitive dog” is?
So I usually explain it this way:

Over a long period of time people have chosen individual dogs displaying unique traits suitable for a specific purpose, these dogs were then used to breed. During this selection process, breeds with certain temperaments or skills were developed by humans. i.e. German Shepherds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Spaniels or just about any other modern breed.

There are however still a handful of ancient breeds that, for the most part, developed without human intervention (selection process), thereby maintaining most, if not all, of their natural instinct, physical appearance and abilities. These are the “Pariah-type” breeds. I’m not familiar with all of them, but the “pariah-type” includes, Basenji, Mexican and Peruvian hairless dogs, Indian pariah dog, Alopekis, Canaan dog, Thai Ridgeback and of course Phu Quoc. There are more of them, but you get the idea. Common for most of them, besides being a Pariah-type dog, is that they have been around for a very long time. In fact some of them have been around at least since Aristotle was living, we know this because he included them in some of his texts.
Anyway, thats the way I explain it to people who are not intimately familiar with the subject.

Where can I get a Phu Quoc?

The simple answer is Vietnam.
However, even in Vietnam it’s really hard to find a pure Phu Quoc, and even harder to convince the owner to part with it.

Part of PQDOG charter includes:
  • Help bring these fantastic dogs back in numbers that are sustainable.
  • Make Phu Quoc available outside Vietnam.

Are they a healthy breed?

Yes, as with most other “Pariah-type” breeds, they are healthy and not prone to health related issues.
-Of course individual dogs can have issues, just like humans can. However, the breed is not know to suffer from many of the issues commonly found in other breeds.

Potential issues to be aware of are:

All are fairly rare but have been documented in Phu Quoc. In all but in the most extreme cases, these issues can be successfully treated by your Vet.