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Thai Bangkaew Dog
|Country of origin
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
The Thai Bangkaew Dog is an Asian dog
breed. It is a medium-sized Spitz-type dog.
The Thai Bangkaew Dog is compactly built and square in profile.
It is well proportioned, with a smooth gait. The double coat
consists of a short undercoat, with longer guard hairs growing
through it forming the outer coat. The coat is thicker and longer
around the neck, chest, and back forming a lion-like ruff, which is more noticeable on dogs
than on bitches. The plumed tail is carried with moderate upward
curve over the back. The TBD comes in white with shades of red,
gray, brown, and black in a wide variety of patterns.
Bangkaew is a village
located in the Bang Rakam District, Phitsanulok Province in the
central region of Thailand. In this district, near the Yom River, there is a monastery called Wat
Bangkaew where it is believed that Thai Bangkaew Dogs
Legend has it that the third abbot of Wat
Bangkaew Temple, the respected Luang Puh Maak Metharee, was known
for mercy and care given to all living things. An old Bangkaew
villager named Tah Nim gave the abbot a native bitch. Because she
was pregnant without any dog in the area, her mating was though to
be either a jackal or a dhole
lived in the surrounding forest. A chromosome study of Thai
Bangkaew dog confirmed that the breed is the result of domestic dog
and jackal interbreed. The resulting litter produced longhaired
puppies of black and dark brown coloration. Luang Puh Maak Metharee
raised the resulting puppies, four females.
Seasonal rain produced flooding, a natural barrier that excluded
other dogs from contributing to the gene pool. The inbreedings that
took place led to the creation of the purebred Thai Bangkaew Dogs.
From then on the breed has been selectively bred and has become one
of the most favored varieties of Thai dogs.
Thai Bangkaew Dogs are alert and watchful, protective of home
and family. Bangkaew are devoted to their masters but can be aloof
with strangers. Agile and active, they are strong swimmers and
voracious diggers. They are highly intelligent but can be stubborn
and benefit from training. Positive reinforcement methods work best
with this breed.