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Pungsan Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Pungsan Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Hunting Dogs
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OriginKorea
Other Names
What other names does the Pungsan Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Poongsan, Korean Phungsan, Korean Poongsan
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Pungsan Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Pungsan Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Pungsan Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Pungsan Dog price:
Unknown
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History

The Pungsan dog (also known as the ‘Poongsan dog’)  is one of only three dog breeds native to Korea (the other breeds are the Sapsali and the Korean Jindo). The Pungsan is the rarest and least internationally known among them.  Although their exact origin story is quite shady due to the absence of records most of the researchers of the breed agree on that they developed in the mountains of North Korea as a hunting dog at some point during the Joseon dynasty, which lasted from 1392 until 1897. Some experts claim that they are the descendants of the Siberian Laika, according to others they are a mix of Mastiff and Herding breeds.  It was likely for the dogs in the area to mate with wolfs and according to some experts, Pungsans are the ultimate results of this.  Most of them explain their hunting ability, aggressive natures, and intelligence with wolf genes in their bloodline. What is known, is that this courageous dog would have been largely used for hunting large predators, legends even refer to a Pungsan dog who defeated a Siberian Tiger in battle but they would have also been kept for companionship and as guard dogs.

During the Japanese occupation in the first decades of the 20th century, their population decreased even though they were declared as a national treasure in 1942, because before that their warm and thick fur was prized as a material for fur coats for the Japanese military. After getting back its sovereignty the North Korean government forbidden the export of these dogs across the borders in order to protect the purity of and re-establish the breed, but these rules weren’t always followed, the breed could be seen in South Korea and in China as well.

In 2000 these dogs became diplomatic instruments when they were gifted from the president of North Korea (Kim Jong-il at the time ) to the president of South Korea (Kim Dae-Jung) at the inter- Korean summit. In return, Kim Jong-Il received two Jindo dogs, which are native in the South. The Pungsan dogs were male and female. In the beginning, they lived in the ‘Blue House’ in Seoul, (the official residence of the South Korean president) for a while and they were later moved to the zoo of Seoul where they gave birth to 15 puppies before both dying at age 13. These two dogs were accorded special status as guests of the state. They have been bred from and the lines produced are highly valued today but are not currently recognized by any major kennel clubs.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Pungsan Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Pungsan Dog weigh? Pungsan Dog weight:
Male: 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg), Female: 40-60 pounds (18-26 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Pungsan Dog? Pungsan Dog average weight:
Male: 60 pounds (27.5 kg), Female: 42.5 pounds (19.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Pungsan Dog? Pungsan Dog height:
Male: 20-24 inches (51-60 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Pungsan Dog average height:
Male: 22 inches (55.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Pungsan Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
DoubleHarshSoftFine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Pungsan Dog's coat?
WhiteCream
Grooming
How to groom the Pungsan Dog and how often?
Advanced: The Pungsan Dog requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Pungsan Dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Pungsan Dog, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Pungsan Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Poongsan? Pungsan Dog shedding level:
Pungsan Dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Pungsan Dog breed.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Pungsan Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DominantProtectiveTerritorialIndependentLoyalObedientIntelligentEnergetic
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pungsan Dog? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Pungsan Dog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Pungsan Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Pungsan Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Pungsan Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Pungsan Dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Pungsan Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Pungsan Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Poongsan need? Pungsan Dog social needs:
Pungsan Dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Pungsan Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Korean Phungsan bark?
Average: The Pungsan Dog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Pungsan Dog good as a watchdog?
Pungsan Dogs are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Pungsan Dog dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Pungsan Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Pungsan Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Pungsan Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Pungsan Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Pungsan Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Poongsan? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Pungsan Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Pungsan Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Pungsan Dog do?
Pungsan Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Pungsan Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Pungsan Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Pungsan Dog roam?
Pungsan Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Pungsan Dog have high prey drive?
Pungsan Dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Pungsan Dog dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Pungsan Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Pungsan Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Pungsan Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Pungsan Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Pungsan Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Pungsan Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pungsan Dog and children:
Pungsan Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Pungsan Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Pungsan Dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Pungsan Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Pungsan Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Pungsan Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Pungsan Dogs good office dogs? Do Pungsan Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Pungsan Dogs be office dogs?
No
Pungsan Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Pungsan Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Poongsan temperament with senior people? Are Pungsan Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Pungsan Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Pungsan Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Pungsan Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Pungsan Dogs do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pungsan Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Pungsan Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pungsan Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Pungsan Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Pungsan Dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Pungsan Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Pungsan Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Pungsan Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Pungsan Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Pungsan Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Pungsan Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Pungsan Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Pungsan Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Pungsan Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Pungsan Dog dogs have health problems?
The Pungsan Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Pungsan Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Pungsan Dog breed? Health risks of Pungsan Dog:
BloatElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaObesity
Life Expectancy
How long do Pungsan Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Pungsan Dog be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Pungsan Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Pungsan Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Pungsan Dog have?
Pungsan Dogs are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Pungsan Dog dogs require per day?
Pungsan Dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Pungsan Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Pungsan Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Pungsan Dog risk for obesity:
Average. The Pungsan Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Pungsan Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Pungsan Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Pungsan Dog drool?
The Pungsan Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Pungsan Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Pungsan Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Pungsan Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Pungsan Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Pungsan Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-7 puppies

Pros & Cons of Pungsan Dog

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Pungsan Dog's has great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Pungsan Dogs are apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Watchdog Ability: Pungsan Dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Pungsan Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Pungsan Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Pungsan Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Pungsan Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Pungsan Dog requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Pungsan Dogs shed above average.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Pungsan Dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Pungsan Dogs are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Pungsan Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pungsan Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • kim jong un

    Sep 18, 2019, 2:14:45 PM:

    good boy