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Thai Bangkaew Dog

Thai Bangkaew Dog

The Thai Bangkaew is an intelligent, athletic, spitz-type dog. They have strong protective instincts and make loyal family companions.


13–16 kg


41–55 cm


10–14 yr

Breed Group

Asian and Oceanian

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Thai Bangkaew Dog Traits

General Appearance

The Thai Bangkaew is a medium-sized dog with a square build and a wide, deep chest and thick double coat.

Coat and Colouring

Thai Bangkaews have medium-length double coats consisting of a coarse outer layer and a soft, dense undercoat. The coat forms a ruff around the neck and shoulders, and the legs are feathered. Coat color is always white spotted, with red, tan, black, or gray patches.

Distinctive Physical Traits

This breed has a wedge-shaped head, small triangular erect ears, a strong body, and a long, plumed tail.

Thai Bangkaew Dog Temperament

The Thai Bangkaew is an alert, intelligent dog with a protective nature. They are loyal to their people but often wary of strangers. These qualities make them excellent guard dogs. They're also an active breed that enjoys spending time outdoors.


Thai Bangkaew Dog History

The Thai Bangkaew originated in the Bangkaew village in the Phitsanulok province of north central Thailand. Experts believe a local white and black dog owned by a Buddhist abbot, Mak Methavee, mated with a wild dog to create the first of the breed. The monastery kept 20-30 of these dogs, which were so effective at preventing intruders that locals began asking for puppies to protect their homes, boats, and livestock.

In 1957, selective breeding led to the development of the breed standard in place today. The breed has experienced a fad in Thailand since 2014, when a Bangkaew successfully prevented the robbery of the home of a famous Thai actor. The breed was accepted on a definitive basis by FCI in 2022.

Thai Bangkaew Dog Care


This breed thrives on high-quality dog food appropriate for their age, size, and activity level. To help them maintain a healthy weight, measure their meals to avoid overfeeding and keep treats to 10% or less of their daily calories.


The Thai Bangkaew's coat requires frequent brushing to remove loose fur and dirt. A curry comb works great on their undercoats and will help prevent mats or tangles. In addition to brushing, regular ear checks, nail trims, and dental care should be part of their grooming routine.


These dogs have a lot of energy and require daily exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Vigorous backyard play sessions, long walks, and hikes are great ways to keep them active. Puzzle toys are also great tools for mental stimulation.


Thai Bangkaews are intelligent, obedient dogs that are eager to learn. Consistent training using treats and favorite toys as rewards for desired behaviors works well for this breed.

As with all dogs, the Thai Bangkaew will benefit from early socialization. Helping them feel comfortable with different people and environments when they're young will help them grow into well-adjusted adult dogs.