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.

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OriginKorea flagKorea
Other Names
What other names does the Pungsan Dog have?
Korean PhungsanKorean PoongsanPoongsan
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Pungsan Dog Price and Availability

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? How much money is a Pungsan Dog?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Pungsan Dog? How many Pungsan Dog are there in the world?
Average: The Pungsan Dog is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Pungsan Dog Size

Size
Is a Pungsan Dog small, medium or large dog?

How big do Pungsan Dog get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Pungsan Dog weigh? How much should the Pungsan Dog breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Pungsan Dog?
Male: 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg), Female: 40-60 pounds (18-26 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Pungsan Dog?
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)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Pungsan Dog?
Male: 22 inches (55.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Pungsan Dog Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Pungsan Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineSoftDoubleHarsh
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 baths are 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 Korean Phungsan?
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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Pungsan Dog need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Pungsan Dog every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Pungsan Dog Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Pungsan Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
DominantProtectiveTerritorialIndependentLoyalObedientIntelligentEnergetic
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pungsan Dog? Is the Pungsan Dog breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Pungsan Dog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Pungsan Dog is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

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?
Average: Pungsan Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in 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? Is a Pungsan Dog a good family dog?
High: 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 are considered 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 Korean Phungsan 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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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 the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Pungsan Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
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.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Pungsan Dog dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Pungsan Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its 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 Korean Phungsan? 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Pungsan Dog has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Pungsan Dog? How much bite force does a Pungsan Dog have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Pungsan Dog bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Pungsan Dog, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

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?
Apartment-friendly dog the Pungsan Dog breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
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
How long can a Pungsan Dog be left 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.

Pungsan Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Pungsan Dog temperament with other people:
Pungsan Dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
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.
Child Friendly
Are Pungsan Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pungsan Dog temperament with 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? Can they be good with cats? Can the Pungsan Dog breed live with a cat?
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?
Pungsan Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pungsan Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Pungsan Dog breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Pungsan Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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 Korean Phungsan temperament with senior people? Are Pungsan Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Pungsan Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.

Pungsan Dog Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Pungsan Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Pungsan Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Pungsan Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Pungsan Dog breed? Most common health risks of Pungsan Dog:
BloatElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaObesity
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Pungsan Dog breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Pungsan Dog see the vet?
Average
The Pungsan Dog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Pungsan Dog dogs live? How old can a Pungsan Dog be? What is the age limit of the Pungsan Dog? How many years can the oldest Pungsan Dog live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Pungsan Dog?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Pungsan Dog: 13 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? What is the activity level of the Pungsan Dog?
Pungsan Dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Pungsan 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 the Pungsan Dog breed need?
Pungsan Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Pungsan Dog need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Pungsan Dog breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Pungsan Dog? How much food should I feed my Pungsan Dog?
2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
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 and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
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.

Pungsan Dog As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pungsan Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Pungsan Dog be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Pungsan Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Pungsan Dog dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Pungsan Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Pungsan Dog pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Pungsan Dog breed is pregnant?

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 female 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 female’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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Pungsan Dog breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Pungsan Dog have? How many puppies can a Pungsan Dog give birth to?
1-7 puppies

Pungsan Dog Recognition

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.

Pungsan Dog Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Pungsan Dog's has great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Pungsan Dog breed.
  • 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pungsan Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
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.

Pungsan Dog 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.

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Pungsan Dog Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • kim jong un

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

    good boy