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Phu Quoc (and other “primitive” breeds) behavior and personality

Phu Quoc dogs communicate A LOT

To be clear, what is meant by “primitive dog” is a breed of dog whose ancestral primitive nature is still intact. These dogs weave through the traditional breed groups making a pretty tapestry of shapes, sizes, and histories. But when you break them all down, a similar independent, sensitive, wise old soul is back there, ready to tell you that they know better.

Life with primitive dogs is a little different than life with other breeds. Sure, they are all dogs. But life with primitive dogs isn’t an owner/pet relationship, it’s more like a roommate agreement.
They have their particular wants and needs and if you fail to understand them and find a way to manage them, you will most likely end up with a huge problem on your hands.
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Chó Phú Quốc Standards

I understand that the Vietnamese Kennel Association has had some challenges in determining the exact regulations regarding the standard of the Phu Quoc breed.
With the help of Google Translate I managed to find a document on their website ‘Phu Quoc: The Standard No. 001 / VN / 09.20.2009 of VKA‘ unfortunately it is written in Vietnamese, so I can’t read it. If anyone can read it, or provide an English version, please contact me so I can update this blog.

While waiting for final confirmation from the VKA, the following is based on the proposed standard, that is (was?) under consideration by the VKA.

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Phu Quoc Ridgeback Breeding Farm

Vietnamese breeding project

Unfortunately I don’t speak Vietnamese, so I don’t understand whatever is spoken in the video. However, I like the video and enjoy seeing so many of these rare dogs. Though it’s hard to tell just by watching the video, the dogs looks like they are pure Phu Quoc. In any case, i’m happy that the breeding program exists, eventually, I hope to start a breeding program here in the US. Maybe not an actual farm like the one in the video, but a program aimed at increasing awareness and the number of pure Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs.