FCI Standard

Thai Bangkaew Dog

ORIGIN: Thailand.
UTILIZATION: Companion dog.
Group 5 Spitz and primitive type.
Section 5 Asian Spitzes and related breeds.
Without working trial.

Brief historical summary

The Bangkaew Dog is an old breed that originated from the Bangkaew village, in Thanang-ngam area in the Bang-rakam district of Phitsanulok province in Thailand. The breed traces its ancestry back to a cross between a Buddhist abbot’s local black & a white female dog and a now-extinct wild dog producing today’s breed.

In 1957, selective breeding from single litters produced the generations seen today. The Thai Bangkaew Dog is regarded as a precious heritage of Phitsanulok province. The dogs are bred widely in the province and have become so famous nationwide that they now are bred in every part of Thailand.

General appearance

The Thai Bangkaew Dog is a square-built, well-proportioned dog, never low on legs, with a fairly wide and deep chest. It has a double-coat that should form a ruff around the neck and shoulders and a pluming tail, more pronounced in males than females. Males have larger bones than females.

Important proportions

Length of body / Height at withers is 1: 1. Length of legs slightly superior to a depth of chest.

Behaviour / temperament

Alert, intelligent, loyal, watchful, and obedient. The breed is easy to train. It could be slightly aloof towards strangers.


Skull: The skull is wedge-shaped and should be strong, fairly broad but
not coarse, and in proportion to the body.
Stop: Clearly defined, but moderate.

Nose: Black and in proportion to muzzle.
Muzzle: Of medium length, broad at base and tapering toward the tip. The nasal bridge should be straight.
Lips: Tight with dark and full pigmentation.
Jaws/Teeth: Upper and lower jaws are strong and with full dentition.
Scissors bite. A pincer bite is tolerated.

EYES: Medium-sized, almond-shaped. The Colour should be black or dark brown.

EARS: Small, in proportion to the head, set on rather high but not too close together, triangular with tips slightly pointed, erect, and pointing forward, only slightly hooded.

NECK: Strong, muscular, blending smoothly into shoulders, proud carriage.


Back: Viewed in profile, straight and level.
Loin: Strong and broad.
Croup: Moderately sloping.
Chest: Fairly wide, deep, well let down between forelegs and extending to
the elbows, ribs well sprung but never barrel-shaped.
Underline and belly: The belly is only slightly tucked up.


Moderately long, well feathered, thick towards the base, well set on, and carried with a moderate upward curve over back.


Shoulder: Moderately laid back and well-muscled.
Upper arm: In balance with shoulder angulation.
Forearm: Straight and strong, parallel when viewed from the front.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Short with only a slight slope.
Forefeet: Rounded, arched, and tightly knit.

Thigh: Angulation in balance with that of forequarters and strongly muscled.
Stifle (Knee): Well angulated.
Hock joint: Well let down.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Viewed from behind, perpendicular to the ground.
Hind feet: As forefeet.

Gait / movement

Flexible and strong movement with good reach and drive, but never with exaggerated reach, drive, and speed, keeping level topline and proud carriage of head and tail. Front- and hind legs parallel. Front-and rear movement tends to single-tracking when speed is increased.



Double coat. Guard coat straight and coarse, undercoat soft and dense. Moderately long on the body, longer around the neck and shoulders forming a ruff that is more pronounced in males than in females. Back of forelegs covered with feathers diminishing to pasterns. The backside of the hindlegs covered with long hair to the hocks. Coat length never to be so exaggerated as to obscure the body shape. The coat is short on the head and front of the legs.


White with well-defined patches. Often in any shade of ‘lemon’, red, fawn, tan, or grey, with or without more or less blackened hair tips, even to the extent of looking tri-colored, also white with solid black patches. Any shape or distribution of patches accepted, but symmetrical markings on the head, covering eyes and ears, preferred, with or without a dark mask and preferably with a white marking around the muzzle. Slight ticking in the white is permissible in an otherwise excellent specimen.


Ideal height at the withers:
Males: Minimum 46 cms, maximum 55 cms.
Females: Minimum 41 cms, maximum 50 cms.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

  • Muzzle too broad.
  • Light-colored nose.
  • Large round eyes.
  • Light eyes.
  • Large ears.
  • Roach back.
  • Swayback.
  • Tail carried close on back.
  • Tail that falls to either side.
  • Lack of ruff and feathering on the back of forelegs.
  • Movement paddling or waving.
  • Oversized or undersized.


  • Missing more than 3 teeth.
  • All white coat color or with just some ticking.


  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities.
  • Overshot or undershot bite.
  • Drop ears.
  • Natural stubbed tail.
  • Curled or kinked tail.
  • Short or smooth coat.
  • Solid coat color with only slight white markings.


  • Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
  • Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation, should be used for breeding.