Mê Thú Cưng - Pet Magazine for Vietnam Native Dogs in Vietnam Issue - Page 67

Expats Pet Owner’s Guide for Vietnam H’Mong Dog The H’Mong are a very ancient, ‘primitive’ dog breed raised as guardians and hunting companions by the ethnic H’Mong people of Vietnam. Their hunting instincts are largely unchanged by man and close to their ancestral wolves. They are powerful dogs, born with naturally ‘docked’ short tails, long straight muscular legs and with a thick coat of fur in the shades of black, brownish red, black & white and brindle. Dedicated admirers are forming ‘dog clubs’ from Saigon to Hanoi to help preserve, promote and create awareness of this primal dog breed. Their activities are recognized by the VKA (Vietnam Kennel Association) with official breed standards published. H’Mong dogs and their owners have representation in the Native Dogs in Vietnam Club with an annual national dog show featuring the H’Mong, and the Phu Quoc Ridgeback. Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog What can be further added to a growing ‘cult’ of very dedicated dog owners and breeders of the Phu Quoc Ridgeback dog in Vietnam. This dog is only one of three breeds globally possessing a peculiar, sword- shaped ‘ridge’ of hair that runs along it’s spine, growing in opposite direction from the rest of their fur. Other breeds include the Rhodesian Ridgeback (Africa), Thai Ridgeback (Thailand) and includes an obscure larger, long-haired Cambodian Razorback originating from the north of Cambodia near the Laos border. Phu Quoc Ridgeback dogs have uncanny characteristics of a cat, a monkey and fish. They have webbed lining in their paws to allow them to run on sand and swim in water and are known to catch fish. They climb trees and jump over high gates with ease and always spotted on the roof of a building or on the top of a tall fence. They run like cheetahs and have flexible cat-like bodies. They hunt alone, or strategically within a pack in stealth and with precision. They do make an ideal pet; a medium sized dog, with low maintenance (short hair requiring a quick bath once a month and little grooming). They are sociable with family and other pets and very playful. They are intensely loyal and make a great guard dog. However, they are ‘bundles of energy’ and you need to ‘run’ those long legs every day. Not recommended for apartment living. …and then, there are the myths surrounding their origins. One story is that they originate from the mating of a jackal-type of dog on Phu Quoc Island with the mythical ‘Fu-Dog’ that possesses a ‘ridge’ along their back, dating to the period of the Le Dynasty in Vietnam. Anot W"7F'ffW2pvrFRf'7BrbFRwWVG7GvfVBFRV26BgFW"6r&GFR@v2&Vg&VFVB'FrBv2FBvW&RFf@&VgVvRf"FRF~( 2&Wv&BFRr6VB07v&BFRF~( 2&6v6ǒG&6f&֖pF&FvRbgW"B6RFw2FfR&FvPFBV'2ƖR6VB7v&BvF&֗FfPFW6vRw2FRvR7F'bFV"&v2`RFG&fVFRV26BFW&R&R7FfWrVFW'2VgBFBv6BvFRB7FFP76FVǒFV"&W7V7BBfRbFW6PrFw2g&FR6WFbfWF:F;