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The Phu Quoc Dog Racing race course was launched in 2017 and is quickly becoming a popular place to visit on the island. Not only is this touristy venue a race course but it is also a kennel and a museum of sorts for the islands most popular and recognizable animal – the Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog.
What To Expect
The Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog “racing” is not like your traditional dog race. The unnumbered dogs run around a 4 lane 400 m obstacle course like race track where they are challenged by the following obstacles: running through tall grass, climbing over trees, crawling under tunnels, and swimming in water.
To motivate the dogs to run there is a “trainer” chasing them while blowing a loud whistle. There are normally 2 races, the first one is the warm up race followed by the actual race. After the race is over, a staff member will provide you a tour of the facility and show you how the dogs are raised, bred, what they can do, and finally how they live. Watching the race and then touring the facility takes only about 45 minutes. The admission fee as of 2014 is 40,000VND ($2.00USD) per person.
Thanh Nga Phu Quoc Dog Racing Schedule
You can visit the facility at two different times per day:
You can also visit this venue by signing up for an “Island Tour” excursion offered by the various tour agencies found on the island, however it is very easy to get here by motorbike or bicycle as the roads are all freshly paved and smooth.
This is a unique experience found only Phu Quoc Island even though the conditions for the dogs are not the greatest.
Need To Know
More information about the Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog:
The Phu Quoc Dog originates from the Phu Quoc Island and it is only one of three breeds that have a ridge running down their back, the others being the Thai Ridgeback and the Rhodesian Ridgeback.
In order to be considered a Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog, the dog must meet the following criteria:
Characteristics of a Phu Quoc Dog, according to the Thanh Nga Dog Kennel:
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