Phu Quoc Ridgeback

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Phu Quoc Ridgeback
Phu Quoc dog.jpg
Height Dogs 50–55 cm (19.5–21.5 in)
Bitches 48–52 cm (19–20.5 in)
Weight Dogs 15–20 kg (33–44 lb)
Bitches 12–18 kg (26–40 lb)
Life span over 10 years[1]: 195 
Kennel club standards
Vietnam Kennel Association standard
Dog (domestic dog)
Phu Quoc Ridgeback circa 1915, then known as the Phu-Quoc Greyhound

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 ridgeback breeds,[1]: 195  the others being the Rhodesian Ridgeback and the Thai Ridgeback. It is not recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.[1]: 195 


Medium sized with a hunting dog shape, but with a larger head and well-developed muscles.[2] This dog is genetically and morphologically different from the Thai ridgeback.[3]

It runs fast, swims well, and can follow either a hot or a cold trail.[1]: 195 


A Phu Quoc Ridgeback won the Hanoi dog show in 2013.[4][5]

The breed was selected as the mascot for the 2018 annual Nguyen Hue Flower Street in Ho Chi Minh City, symbolizing the lunar Year of the Dog as per the Vietnamese zodiac.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d Tamsin Pickeral (2014). Dogs Unleashed. San Diego: Thunder Bay Press. ISBN 9781626860681.
  2. ^ VKA Breed Standard
  3. ^ Quan, Q.D.; Nguyen, T.C. (2019). "Based zoometric description of adult Phu Quoc Ridgeback dog (Canis familiaris)" (PDF). International Journal of Agricultural Technology. 15 (5): 753–768.
  4. ^ Dog show winner
  5. ^ Petty, Martin; O'Callaghan, John (15 October 2013). "Challenging stereotype, breeding dogs for pets on rise in Vietnam". NBC News.
  6. ^ "Phu Quoc dog breed selected mascot of 2018 Ho Chi Minh City flower show", Tuoi Tre News, December 14, 2017