Pungsan Dog

The Pungsan is a breed of dog originating in North Korea, known for its loyalty, courage and devotion to its owner. With a distinctive Spitz appearance, it has a fluffy coat, an alert expression and a balanced, robust body.

General details

The breed is of medium size, with a weight varying between 20 and 30 kilograms, and a height ranging between 50 and 60 centimeters. The life expectancy of the Pungsan is 12 to 14 years. They are not recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Breed history in brief

The Pungsan is a rare breed originating in Korea. Historically, Pungsan dogs were primarily used to hunt large predators such as wild boars and tigers, in addition to performing companion and guard dog roles. During the Japanese occupation of North Korea, the breed was designated as a national treasure, which protected it during World War II, when many other breeds faced difficulties. Efforts were made to preserve the purity of the breed by restricting its export, although some Pungsan dogs made it to South Korea and China. Although not recognized by the major kennel clubs, these dogs have been bred and their bloodlines are highly valued today.

Breed characteristics

The Pungsan has a robust and muscular body, with straight limbs. The head is wedge-shaped and the ears are pointed. The tail curves over the back and the eyes are usually dark and almond-shaped. The breed has a double coat, with a rough outer coat and a soft, fine undercoat. The coat is fluffy and white in color. The Pungsan dog is known for its loyalty and bravery in hunting and defending its territory. It is a noble breed and devoted to its owner, but can be reserved with strangers. It is an exceptionally territorial and alert watchdog, ready to protect its family and home. It requires a committed family that can provide companionship and dedication in its training.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the Pungsan breed is very limited, it is not known to be prone to specific health problems. Even so, it is likely to be predisposed to some of the more common dog disorders such as hip dysplasia, eye problems and skin diseases.

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