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About The Phu Quoc Ridgeback

The Phú Quốc Ridgeback (PQR), known also as the Vietnamese Ridgeback or Phu Quoc Dog, is a primitive landrace breed that originates from the Phú Quốc island in Kien Giang province, Vietnam. Known as the Island of Pearls, the island lays just off the coast of Vietnam and Cambodia. Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are an athletic, medium sized breed characterized by a distinct ridge of hair that grows up the center of its spine. The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is one of three dog breeds in the world known to have a ridge on its back, alongside the well-loved Rhodesian Ridgeback and the majestic Thai Ridgeback.

With a long and storied origin in Vietnam, PQRs were recognized by French colonialists as a distinct breed in the 19th century. The origins of how their ancestors arrived on the island has been subject to much debate, but through the process of natural selection, the island shaped the breed into what it is today – an extremely adept hunter and scavenger. In addition to their hunting ability, these dogs are known for their intelligence, athleticism, and loyalty – traits that helped them develop and thrive alongside island natives.

This breed naturally comes in an array of colors and patterns. PQRs can be black, a variety of fawn shades, and black and tan. Merle is NOT naturally occurring (any incidence of the merle pattern is a sign of mixed breeding), however, common patterns include brindle and brindle points, countershading (also known as urajiro), black masking, and tan points. Aside from their characteristic ridge, the breed also has a unique black or purple pigmented tongue.

For a comprehensive description of the breed, check out our Complete Guide to PQRs.

Breed Overview



The Phu Quoc Ridgeback is a primitive hunting hound from Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam known for its unique ridgeback.



Phu Quoc Ridgebacks have a short and easy-to-care for coat that sheds very lightly year round and more heavily 1-2 times a year.



A medium-sized dog, males weigh about 30 to 45 lbs and females weigh about 25 to 40 lbs.



An active and intelligent breed, they will require moderate to ample exercise. They excel when given mental stimulation and training.



Alert, keen, loyal and sweet. They show caution to strangers but warm up quickly. Very loving to their owners.



They are a hardy breed, known to live between 12-15 years. It is recommended to watch for Dermoid Sinus, Patellar Luxation and Bloat.

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