Thai Bangkaew Dog

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Thai Bangkaew Dog
Common nicknamesTBD, Bangkaew
Classification / standards
FCI Group 5, Section 5 Asian Spitz and related breeds #358 (provisional) standard
NotesBreed provisionally accepted, not eligible for the CACIB
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Thai Bangkaew Dog is an Asian dog breed. It is a medium-sized spitz-type dog.


The Thai Bangkaew Dog is compactly built and square in profile. It is well proportioned, with a smooth gait. The double coat consists of a short undercoat, with longer guard hairs growing through it forming the outer coat. The coat is thicker and longer around the neck, chest, and back forming a lion-like ruff, which is more noticeable on male dogs than on female dogs. The plumed tail is carried with moderate upward curve over the back. The breed comes in white with shades of red, gray, brown, and black in a wide variety of patterns.There are some that have white coats.


Bangkaew is a village located in the Bang Rakam District, Phitsanulok Province in the central region of Thailand. In this district, near the Yom River, there is a monastery called Wat Bangkaew where it is believed that Thai Bangkaew Dogs originated.

Legend has it that the third abbot of Bangkaew Temple, the respected Luang Puh Maak Metharee, was known for mercy and giving care to all living things. An old Bangkaew villager named Tah Nim gave the abbot a native bitch. Because she was pregnant without any dog in the area, her mating was thought to be either a golden jackal (Canis aureus) or a dhole (Cuon alpinus) living in the surrounding forest. A chromosome study of Thai Bangkaew dog confirmed that the breed is the result of domestic dog and jackal interbreed.[1] The resulting litter produced longhaired puppies of black and dark brown coloration. Luang Puh Maak Metharee raised the resulting puppies, four females.

Seasonal rain produced flooding, a natural barrier that limited the dogs contributing to the gene pool. Inbreeding that took place led to the creation of the Thai Bangkaew Dogs. From then on the breed has been selectively bred and has become one of the most favored varieties of Thai dogs.

Health and temperament[edit]

This is an intelligent, athletic, agile and robust breed. It will be a loyal and protective family companion as well as an excellent watchdog. The Thai Bangkaew Dog is a loving, intelligent and alert dog that makes an excellent and devoted family companion as well as a good working and hunting dog. This breed will be affectionate with its family, will get along well with children and a properly socialized dog will be very gentle with smaller children.

The Thai Bangkaew Dog is not an aggressive breed but can be aloof with strangers and is very territorial and protective. However, this breed is more likely to threaten than bite and attack. It makes a great guardian and watchdog that will loudly announce arrival of any visitor (friend or stranger).

The Thai Bangkaew Dog is a breed that is known to be very aggressive towards other dogs. With other animals your dog will get along well if you start socialization from a very young age. This breed is definitely for an experienced owner.

The Thai Bangkaew Dog is an intelligent breed, but is independent and can be stubborn. Therefore, it's not always easy to train. This breed need consistent and short training with a lot of positive methods like treats or praise. Avoid repetitive tasks, as this dog gets bored quickly.

The Thai Bangkaew Dog needs a confident and experienced owner who can earn the dog’s trust and respect. Socialization must start from a very young age.


  1. ^ "สัณฐานวิทยาและคาริโอไทป์ของสุนัขไทยพันธุ์บางแก้ว และสายพันธุ์ที่เกี่ยวข้อง". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2017-07-05.