Thai Bangkaew Dog
Breeding group : Non-Sporting
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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 35-46 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Thai Bangkaew Dog is a medium size, spitz type family companion dog that originated in Thailand. The dog is said to have been developed by Luan Puh Maak Metharee, the respected third abbot of the Wat Bangkaew Temple. Bangkaew which means Crystal Village is situated in the Bangrakan District of the Phitsanulok Province in the central region of Thailand. Though not exactly known, its ancestors are believed to be a native black haired Thai bitch and now extinct Asiatic wild dogs, Dholes or Jackal which crossed together to give birth to this breed over 100 years ago. It is not only an excellent companion dog but can also be used as hunter of snakes and other vermin. This compactly built dog stands between 17-21 inches and weighs around 35-46 lbs. It has squarely built, well balanced body which comes with proportioned and dry head, wedge-shaped strong skull and medium length muzzle that tapers towards black nose. Medium size, almond shaped eyes are black or dark brown in colour. High set, small and triangular ears are erect. Strong and muscular neck blends smoothly into shoulders. The strong body of this breed comes with straight back, strong and broad loin and deep, wide chest. The belly is slightly tucked-up. This dog has a double coat where topcoat is straight and coarse and undercoat is soft and dense. The coat comes in white with shades of red, gray, brown, and black in a wide variety of patterns. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI.
The basic and predominant colour for this breed is white and comes in different shades of lemon, red, fawn, tan or grey. White with solid black patches is also seen. The coat comes in wide variety of patterns.
The Thai Bangkaew Dog has a double coat. Topcoat or guard coat is straight and coarse while the undercoat is soft and dense. The coat is moderately long on body and longer around neck and shoulder forming a ruff. It is shorter on head and front of legs.
Developed to be a companion dog, the Thai Bangkaew Dog is first and foremost a family companion. They are alert and agile dogs that are inherently protective of their family and home. These dogs are wary and aloof of strangers. These dogs usually be seen sitting on a higher object and keeping an eye on all the objects that it has to protect. The dog is very intelligent but can be independent. It is known to show aggressive behavior towards other dogs. Early age socialization and training is a must for this breed to mold it into a well rounded obedient family pet.
Thick and dense coat is low maintenance and will only need weekly brushing to keep its beauty intact. The dog should be provided with lots of exercise and playing time to keep it fit and healthy. Under exercised dog will become destructive and will revert back to what it likes to do most, digging!
Though very intelligent, this breed is not easy to train, specially by inexperienced or weak owners. The Thai Bangkaew Dog should be trained through consistent and short training sessions that should accompany lots of praise and positive reinforcement.
This breed has high energy levels and consequently, high exercise needs. It needs lots of physical and mental stimulation. A house with a medium yard will suit this breed best.