Phu Quoc dog makes return to world arena.

Phu Quoc dog makes return to world arena.

Cần Thơ : Vietnam | Aug 10, 2011 at 8:04 AM PDT
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Vietnam’s indigenous Phu Quoc ridgeback dog was recognized a primitive hunting purebred 117 years ago before the World Canine Organization even came into existence.

A Phu Quoc ridgeback dog leaps up the high fence and walks over it, Photo: Tuoi Tre

But due to historical and political reasons it has never been acknowledged by the FCI – the organization, as it is called by its French acronym -- which was established in 1911 to promote and protect breeding of dogs and bloodlines.

There are only three ridgeback breeds in the world, with the FCI admitting the Thai ridgeback as a primitive hunting dog in 1993 and the Rhodesian ridgeback in South Africa in the group of scenthounds and related breeds in 1996.

The Phu Quoc ridgeback is in danger of being forgotten and many mistakenly consider it an off-shoot of the two acknowledged ridgebacks.

Recently Vietnam applied to the FCI to register the Phu Quoc dog as a “primitive type [of] hunting dog with a ridge on the back” and it is now under consideration.

The breed endemic to Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang found its way into Earl Henri de Bylandt’s book “Les Races de Chiens” (Races of Dogs) as a primitive hunting dog back in 1897.

The book contained information about 300 breeds from around the world.

Even earlier, several years before the publication of the book, at least six Phu Quoc ridgeback dogs were taken to Europe and five survived the long journey and became well-known.

French official Fernand Doceul, who was stationed in southern Vietnam and Cambodia, then French colonies, owned four Phu Quoc dogs and gifted three of them to the Paris Zoo for studies.

Two others belonged to Gaston Helouin, a native of Helfaut in northern France. He named them Mango and Banane (Banana) and the dogs won the first dog show in Lille City in 1894 and medals at the world dog show held in Antwerp, Belgium, the same year.

Their names were also recorded by Belgium’s Royal Society of Saint Hubert, one of the five founders of the FCI set up 17 years later.

Thus, even before the establishment of the FCI, the Phu Quoc ridgeback dog had been recognized in the west as a primitive hunting purebred.

Now, many sources and websites mistakenly claim the Thai ridgeback to be the ancestor of the Phu Quoc ridgeback despite of historical and scientific evidences going against it.

Fresno Veterinary University based in California, the US, studied 300 Thai ridgebacks from across Thailand in 2001-02 and concluded there was no biological link between Thai ridgebacks and those from Phu Quoc.

Some sources say that a Vietnamese king visited Thailand and took back a Thai ridgeback to create its descendants in Phu Quoc.

Realizing the unique origin of the Phu Quoc ridgeback, Vietnamese scientists and dog lovers, including Professor Du Thanh Khiem, director of the Woluwe-Saint-Pierre Institute of Education in Bruxelles, Belgium, have planned to get global recognition for it.

Vietnam organized an international conference on the Phu Quoc ridgeback dog in 2007, established the Vietnam Kennel Association (VKA) in 2008, and compiled and approved standards and nomenclatures for the Phu Quoc dog in 2009.

Several contests for purebred Phu Quoc dogs have been held since.

Last October, at an FCI assembly in Dortmund, Germany, VKA was accepted as its contract partner.

The latest success along the road to taking back the Phu Quoc dog to the world was the appearance of two of them, Dom and Ven, at the World Dog Show in Paris last month to mark the 100th anniversary of the FCI.

Dom won the Best of Breed title.

“The appearance of the Phu Quoc ridgeback dog at the event marked a historical significance after 117 years,” Khiem said.

“It is clear that our dog is welcomed by the world. They will surely return.”

Under FCI regulations, the VKA may be upgraded from contract partner to member on probation in four years’ time, giving the Phu Quoc dog an official voice in the arena.

Khiem has recommended that the VKA erect a statue of Mango in Phu Quoc to honor the primitive purebred dog.

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Phu Quoc dog makes return to world arena.
Vietnam’s indigenous Phu Quoc ridgeback dog was recognized a primitive hunting purebred 117 years ago before the World Canine Organization even came into existence.
bongmatinhmc is based in Cần Thơ, Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long, Vietnam, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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