LIVING WITH A THAI BANGKAEW DOG:
This playful breed is more suitable for the calm/experienced dog owner that like natural dogs and don't expect to train them the same way as the Doberman, BS or GSD's, their wariness towards strangers is natural, they are born with this, because of the TBD's primitive nature and wild origins, it is important that the TBD be well socialized, starting at birth, with the breeder handling the newborns and exposing them to new sounds, sights, and people.
It is of UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT THE NEW OWNER CONTINUE this socialization from the time the TBD comes home as a baby puppy well into adulthood, taking him to (short) training classes and anywhere else possible to expose him to different people, places and situations to have a happy well-adjusted dog. Most of them will be somewhat reserved, they will not immediately put their trust in you. Why should they? You are unknown to them, so "a potential danger."
The TBD is respected in Thailand for it's fierce guarding nature and loyalty towards its own family, they need to be trained to accept strangers touching them when you say it's ok, even so, they may not accept all strangers (this includes family/friends/visitors that they don't have much contact with or simply don't like).
I, for example, take mine to the weekly market for dog treats and take them shopping, we live near schools and many children will come up wanting to pet them, this teaches them to be relaxed in different surroundings, it's very important to keep doing these things in raising a stable Thai Bangkaew dog.
The TBD has strong predatory instincts same as many other breeds in group5, and will not accept any critter entering your garden that does not belong to its own family, in Thailand, they also keep the garden clear of cobra and other snakes.
This breed tends to be dominant with their own kind and some will fight but when properly socialized from a young age, gets on well with other non-dominant dogs, pets and children who don’t tease or roughhouse it.
The TBD has a very strong memory and won't forget if you've treated him/her wrong and they will become wary of you, they also don't forget people that give them a good experience and will be your friend for life, even when rarely seen with months or years apart.
It's all about trust and they will die for you, give their all when you have their trust and love.
This breed is very adaptable and suitable to city and country living. When my dogs came over from Thailand they were not used to the city or being house dogs, but soon adapted to London city life and now we live in a quiet village in the Netherlands.
The breed has many funny quirks, loves water, some are keen diggers, will scent roll in almost everything, even their toys and chews, when done eating will most likely try to bury their food or chews. It always makes me smile when we go to the market because they will try and scent roll on all the treats they see, sometimes I buy smelly chews and all they want to do when they get home is roll on it, like a cat drunk on catnip.
If you keep multiple dogs then it is not advisable to give your TBD raw bones or feed a raw diet, this raises their adrenalin and makes them more aggressive. If I give mine the occasional raw marrow bone they will tiptoe around each other for days and will be ready to fight, cooked not a problem and they'll happily share their bone or chew side by side.
They love to be the centre of your world and will try anything they can to direct your attention towards them, this can sometimes lead to jealousy (in a multiple dog household) so you have to be sure to give each one equal attention, separation anxiety and destructive behaviour if left alone for long periods of time. This breed will do best kept as inside house dogs close to the people he/she loves.
They are a double coated breed that sheds once or twice a year.
The young Thai Bangkaew Dog is high energy (not hyper) easy to train and thrives on brain work, they quickly learn to respond to your voice commands and hand signals.
A hard hand and long repetitive training will have the opposite effect on them and they will shutdown.
This breed has hunting instincts, are silent stalkers and will track.
In the house they are calm and observant of their territory, don't bark often, only when visitors arrive or when needed, nothing passes them by and even though they look calm or asleep, they will spring into action within a split second, if any intruder (animal or human) should try to enter the property.
They are easily housetrained, when mine needs to go to the toilet they will let me know, by staring me in the face or suddenly giving me the best cuddles and begging or putting their paws on me until I get the message.
I think they are very cat-like, touching your face gently with their paw if they want your attention and will also use their paws like hands to swipe things or open doors.
This breed keep themselves clean and also behave a lot like foxes being just as athletic and clever, walking on a high wall or over beams is normal to them, love to jump on tables and sit on chairs or the window ledge to just calmly observe their environment, they can jump extremely high from standstill and while running, squeeze through the tiniest of gaps, climb trees, learn to open doors, this means a well-fenced garden and secure gate is a must because they will easily scale over a moderate sized fence and go out exploring.
They will catch mice or frogs in the field by suddenly stopping and pouncing like an arctic fox in the snow.
The traits that I love and find fascinating about this breed is their natural primitive instincts are so strong and their loyalty, devotion towards you.
I love the way that they communicate with you and use different vocals to speak to you, so very in tune with your feelings, their funny antics always make me laugh and yes their naughty streaks give me extra grey hairs, but also make me smile every day.
If all this hasn't discouraged you, then maybe, this is the breed for you.
Life is never boring with a Thai Bangkaew dog.