Thai Bangkaew Dog
|Thai Bangkaew Dog
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Thai Bangkaew Dog is an
dog breed. It is a
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
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.
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.
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 large
native bitch with long black
fur. Because she was pregnant, her mating may have been to a
dhole; the resulting litter
produced longhaired puppies of black and dark brown coloration. Luang Puh Maak
Metharee raised the resulting puppies, four females.
However it happened, it is believed that the abbot's dogs mated with
belonging to the Song people of the neighbouring village of Huay Chan. Local
residents of the
houseboats along the Yom River took these dogs as their pets.
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
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