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Thai Bangkaew Dog

The Thai Bangkaew was developed in the country of Thailand in the 1900’s. The Thai Bangkaew originated in the village of Bangkaew, located in the Bang Rakam District in the Phitsanulok Province. In the Bang Rakam District, there was a monastery named Wat Bangkaew. It is commonly believed that the Thai Bangkaew was bred from the domestic Thai dog and the Asiatic jackal dog but evolved into part of the Spitz family. Further details reveal that it is thought the Thai Bangkaew originated at the Wat Bangkaew monastery with the third abbot Luang Puh Maak Metharee. Metharee took in a pregnant female dog that had been previously mated with a jackal and ended up with a litter of four puppies. It is believed that the puppies later mated with the herding dogs that were kept by the Song inhabitants who lived in the village of Huay Chan. The original purpose of this canine was to guard and protect homes as the dog was known to bark to alert owners of potential dangers. In 1957, selective breeding began to take place and this started the development of what is known as the Thai Bangkaew today. A DNA study of the Thai Bangkaew was able to confirm that the breed originated from the domestic Thai dog and the Asiatic jackal dog. There is not much known about the Thai Bangkaew and there remains little documentation about the breed.

The Thai Bangkaew is described as an energetic, active, determined, watchful, and intelligent companion dog. This breed requires a patient experienced owner who can handle a challenging, stubborn breed and will persevere with a firm but kind hand to curb its stubborn temperament. The Thai Bangkaew is wary of strangers and will bark if unfamiliar with the person. Remaining on alert at all times, the Thai Bangkaew will look to protect its family from harm. Early training is required in order to be able to curb behaviour that may be unfavourable such as the tendency to be destructive and dominant. There are many favourable characteristics as well including loyalty, tenacity, and playfulness, so do not overlook this breed as a potential companion if you are willing to put in the time and energy to keep them happy and busy. The Thai Bangkaew can do well with families but it may be best to have older or patient children in order to avoid cases of aggression. They can be suspicious of other dogs and often finds it difficult to get along well with them. This breed should be socialised at an early stage in order to be able to socialise with dogs and other animals alike.


Most of these stats are taken from the FCI (World Canine Organisation) and other reliable sources. View the breed standard by clicking the button below:

FCI GroupCompanion
Bred ForGuarding, Hunting
Rare BreedYes
Country of OriginThailand
TemperamentAlert, Intelligent, Loyal
Exercise NeededTwo hours a day
Size of Home NeededMedium – Large
Height at Withers – Females41 – 50 cm / 17 – 20 in
Height at Withers – Males46 – 55 cm / 19 – 22 in
CoatMedium, double coat
Life Expectancy12 – 14 years
  • The Thai Bangkaew has a medium length double-coat that needs regular maintenance. Daily brushing is recommended to avoid mats from developing in the coat.
  • A home with a large garden, where this agile dog can run around and be stimulated with intense play, would be best for this breed.
  • The coat of the Thai Bangkaew comes in a variety of colours consisting of white with either grey, red, black, tan or brown.


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Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Thai Bangkaew Dog breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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