A dog-owner is delighted to welcome Europe’s first ever litter of the world’s rarest breed of dog, because the four puppies could be worth upwards of £10,000 – EACH.
Catherine Lane, 42, is not only the first owner of Phu Quoc Ridgebacks in the Europe – but also the first to successfully breed a litter of puppies.
The dog lover from Brighton, East Sussex, travelled all the way to Vietnam to collect two of the prize-winning Phu Quoc Ridgebacks – that are so rare there are only 800 registered in the world.
Her pets Mood and Sirius, imported to the UK from the south-east Asian country, are now the proud parents of four adorable jet black pups that will be available for sale to the right families.
The owner of digital media business, Insight Mobile, said that she hopes that the dogs will go to the right families rather than the highest bidder – because they’re so super cute.
She said that so far she was received offers of between £500 and £10,000 for the eight-week-old pups.
Catherine says: “While holidaying in Vietnam I fell head over heels in love with this beautiful, unusual breed.”
“After months of searching I finally found two perfect dogs that I imported to the UK.
“Moon and Sirius are now Europe’s only Phu Quoc Ridgebacks, and receive non-stop attention and admiration everywhere they go.
“For those in search of something other than a labradoodle or golden retriever, one of Moon’s adorable puppies is guaranteed to turn heads.”
The dogs share a name with the Vietnamese island where they originate from which translates to “beautiful island”.
They are known for a long strip of hair along their spine, similar to a mohawk hairstyle.
Native to the island, the dogs were isolated from the rest of the world so only bred with each other, creating the exclusive gene pool that makes them so rare.
The dogs are known to be attractive, highly intelligent and easy to train.
The puppies will be ready for re-homing in two weeks and she hopes at least one will go to a home within the UK.
Catherine said: “One puppy is already being exported to a Dallas-based Danish couple, while the other two have been snapped up by owners in Milan and the Seychelles.”
In the meantime, Catherine has set up a live, 24-hour webcam feed of the four puppies in their room – showing the super cute bundles of fluff playing with each other and napping.
She added: “I wanted a dog and originally, like so many other people, considered the Labradoodle route.
“I must admit I grew a little disenchanted when I was asked to select its genes and just thought dogs in this country are just getting so inbred, in many cases that it is a little Frankenstein-like.
“Everyone has a Labradoodle but the Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are very rare and, like many people I just wanted something a bit more interesting.
“These dogs are also very easy to take care of – they don’t require hairdressers and are healthy, fit and easy to have around.”
Catherine spent six months importing the breeding pair, but now that they are finally here she’s hoping they will have many more litters.
She added: “The dogs themselves are stunning.
“Every walk along the beach means I get stopped on average by four or five people wanting to know what they are and admiring them.
“Due to the fact that there are not many of them at the moment, Phu Quoc Ridgebacks are not able to enter many international dog shows as there are simply too few to be able to judge the breed standard.”