Stubborn but intelligent, the Thai Bangkaew is not a breed for new dog owners as they may feel overwhelmed with this challenging dog. The first Thai Bangkaew can be traced back to over 100 years ago when the breed was originally crossed with the native Thai domestic dog and the Asiatic wild jackal, which is now extinct. Documentation is scarce for this breed but it is commonly believed that the Thai Bangkaew can be traced back to the village of Bangkaew which is located near the Bang Rakam District in central Thailand. It is also commonly believed that the breed was first bred at a monastery called the Wat Bangkaew. Its appearance is similar to the Spitz family with a double-coat and a plume tail. While suspicious of strangers, the Thai Bangkaew is a devoted companion to its family and will protect them against intruders. It is an intelligent breed with a determined hunting ability. Maintenance of its coat is fairly simple. Regular brushing is recommended and daily exercise is needed.
The Thai Bangkaew was developed in the country of Thailand in the 1900s. 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. It is not currently recognized by the AKC. There are no current media representations of the breed.
The Thai Bangkaew’s coat consists of a medium-length harsh outer coat with a soft and dense undercoat which is considered to be water-repellent, and is relatively easy to maintain. There is a ruff surrounding the neck and shoulder area, resembling a mane. The tail is plume-shaped and carried over the back. The gait of this athletic dog is described as smooth and elegant. The coat of the Thai Bangkaew comes in a variety of colors consisting of white, gray and white, red and white, black and white, white and tan, and brown and white. This interesting breed has a square, well-proportioned body with a wide, deep chest. Both the neck and chest are strong and muscular. It is a well-built breed with a head that is square, with two pointed ears carried high up on its head remaining alert as necessary. The eyes are brown in color and are of average-size. The teeth contain a scissors bite.
The Thai Bangkaew has a medium-length double-coat that requires regular maintenance. Daily brushing is recommended to avoid mats from developing in the coat. Frequent bathing is not necessary but if you would like to maintain some cleanliness, it is recommended to bathe your dog every 6 to 8 weeks. Overbathing can result in the overproduction of oil, causing a greasy appearance to the coat. This breed is not considered to be hypoallergenic and may shed regularly; they are not known to have a strong odor. The Thai Bangkaew is an active and energetic breed that requires an outlet to keep him mentally and physically stimulated. A home with a large yard, where this agile pup can run around and be stimulated with intense play, is best. The breed can live in either urban or rural settings but it may fare best in rural settings due to the availability of a larger environment for the expending of energy. The Thai Bangkaew can live in a variety of climates due to its double-coat which will protect it from extreme temperatures. There is no specific diet for the Thai Bangkaew.