Phu Quoc ridgebacks join world dog show

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Two Phu Quoc ridgebacks will represent Vietnam at the World Dog Show 2011 between July 7 and 10 in Paris.

The dog named Dom (Spot) boarded a Vietnam Airlines flight on Tuesday evening to join the event organized by the World Canine Organization.

Another Phu Quoc ridgeback dog name Ven (Stripe) will be sent to Paris to join Dom in the next few days, according to the Vietnam Kennel Club.

Dom and Ven are being raised by two residents of Ho Chi Minh City.

The Phu Quoc ridgeback is one of only three breeds that has a ridge of hair that runs along its back in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat (The others are Rhodesian ridgeback and Thai ridgeback).

The Phu Quoc dog was included in the Larousse Dictionary and is today gaining notice in the western world.

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In 1894, a pair of two-year-old Phu Quoc dogs named Xoai (Mango) and Chuoi (Banana), owned by Gaston Helouin from Pas de Calais in France, won first and second prize, respectively, at the Anvers International Canine Exhibition in Belgium.

According to the contest's catalogue, the dogs were each valued at 250-500 times the price of the other dogs at the show.

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