The Phu Quoc Ridgeback, the smallest of all ridgebacks (the other two being Thai Ridgeback and Rhodesian Ridgeback), is a rare breed of medium-sized dogs originating from the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc. Its name comes from the ridge of hair that appears as a conspicuous line running along its back from the neck to the tail. It is characterized by a small head, moderately long snout, long neck, thin, long ears, tapering belly, straight legs, webbed feet, and a tapered tail.
|Other Names||Beautiful Island Ridgeback, Cho Phu Quoc|
|Coat||Short, straight, coarse, fine|
|Color||Spotted, striped, black, yellow, dark reddish brown, mix of black and golden brown|
|Height||Less than other ridgebacks|
|Temperament||Intelligent, loyal, loving, obedient|
|Litter Size||4-6 puppies|
|Good with Children||May require supervision|
|Country Originated in||Vietnam|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||Not recognized by any major breed organizations or kennel clubs|
The origin of Phu Quoc Ridgeback is unclear. However, a few experts and dog enthusiasts consider it as well as other ridgeback breeds to have a common ancestry because of the similar ridge marks along their back. Believed to have been developed in either Africa or Asia, the Thai Ridgeback and the Phu Quoc might have been used for carting, hunting, guarding and escorting throughout their history.
After its inclusion in the French encyclopedic dictionary Petit Larousse, the breed gained some popularity in the west. In Vietnam, 700 purebred Phu Quoc Ridgebacks were registered and acknowledged by the Vietnam Kennel Association (VKA).
A dignified, graceful dog with a noble personality, the Cho Phu Quoc is known for being a faithful companion. Because of its bold disposition, it will always protect its people from danger. As a natural hunter, it loves to run and chase small animals.
Being a relaxed and even-tempered breed, it can be easily trained to be friendly to people it does not know. It is a sociable animal that can coexist with other dogs. An incredibly energetic breed, the Phu Quo Ridgeback has a reputation for moving swiftly and climbing trees.
Because of its obedient nature, the Cho Phu Quoc can be easily trained to perform any task.
If you have small pets such as birds, rabbits, or hamsters in the family, you need to socialize your Ridgeback at a young age. Keep the animals in a separate, protected area and offer them treats for good behavior when they watch each other. Then, put the leash on your dog and move it closer to the other pet. If it remains calm reward it with treats, but if it becomes aggressive, quietly remove your pup from that place.
Start house training your Phu Quoc Ridgeback puppy when it is 3-4 months old. Maintain a feeding schedule and avoid giving it table scraps in between meals. You should also ensure that it does not feed on any leftover meal. Take it out to poop after it wakes up in the morning and then in every 30 minutes span. Taking it to the same place each time will help it in recognizing its potty spot. When it defecates outside, reward it with a treat or take it for a walk.
While high-quality dry food is recommended for your dog’s health, you may occasionally give it biscuits and wet dog food along with boiled chicken as treats.