Nearly 200 Phu Quoc ridgebacks and Hmong short-tail dogs attended a national native canine show in Hanoi over the weekend.

The Vietnam Native Dog Championship Dogshow 2016 was held by the Native Dog’s Club in Vietnam under the Vietnam Kennel Association.

Phu Quoc dogs
Phu Quoc dogs

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The show featured nearly 200 Phu Quoc ridgebacks and Hmong short-tails, two dog breeds native to Vietnam.

The Phu Quoc ridgeback is a breed from Phu Quoc Island, located off the southern province of Kien Giang, whose most distinguishable feature is a sword-shaped ridge on the back, together with short, thin hair.

The Hmong short-tail is an ancient breed indigenous to the mountainous areas of northern Vietnam, and is named after the ethnic Hmong people.

The canine contestants come from all over the country, from busy metropolises like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to the mountainous provinces of Thai Nguyen, Lai Chau, and Ha Giang in the north.

Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dogs
Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dogs

The colorfully haired dogs competed for the ‘best in show’ award, given to the best-looking individuals of each breed.

In addition, dogs that were at least 12 months old and qualified across all categories including hair color, physique, skeletal frame, gait, and others would be certified as purebreds.

According to Nguyen Trung Tuan, president of the Native Dog’s Club in Vietnam, the show aimed to promote the breeding and raising of native breeds in the country, as well as creating a playground for dog lovers to share and learn from the experience of breeders.