up to 30 kg
up to 13 years old
Pungsan is the rarest of the three national Korean breeds. More common sapsari and Korean jindo. Historically used to guard and hunt large predators in the mountains of present-day North Korea, this breed is valued for its strong character and energy. The hardy pungsan can easily spend hours outside in freezing weather (down to20°C), patrolling its territory and enjoying the opportunity to be free in the fresh air.
The breed was supposedly formed around the 16th century on the border with China. Reliable records in which there would be mention of pungsan have not yet been found, which gave rise to many speculations about its origin. Some experts believe that the breed is descended from the ancient Spitz and that it is from them that the pungsan got its plush coat, erect ears and curled tail. Others claim that the pungsan is a descendant of mastiffs and herding breeds. Relationship with wolves has not been proven genetically.
During the Japanese occupation of Korea, the breed was declared a national treasure, which protected it in World War II. In subsequent years, North Korea sought to protect the purity of the breed by banning its export.
Pungsan is best known for loyalty and bravery when hunting or defending its territory. He does not like other animals, especially smaller ones, but he can live in the same house with dogs if he knows them from childhood and is accustomed to the company.
Despite the independent nature, this dog loves to be in human society and should live in a family that has the opportunity to spend time with him. Pungsan is affectionate with loved ones, but he gets used to new people for a long time most often he does not pay attention to them for a long time.
Pungsan is a wayward breed. Developed intelligence allows the dog to perform complex commands, but often she may simply not want to do it. In this regard, pets of this breed need an experienced and patient trainer.
Pungsan needs a lot of exercise to keep fit. These dogs enjoy a variety of activities, from simple walking to games of speed and agility. A thick coat can lead to overheating during active exercise, which should be considered in the warm season.
Luxurious coat, tough, with a soft fluffy undercoat, retains heat well and protects the pungsan from damage. Representatives of the breed molt profusely in the middle of the year and especially during seasonal molting. Wool should be combed out with a soft brush several times a week, in which case it will not get tangled and need frequent washing.
Phungsan can develop hip and elbow dysplasia with age, so it is important to have an annual check-up with a veterinarian.
Conditions of detention
Pungsan will feel comfortable in a house with a large fenced backyard that you can run around freely.
Although suitable for street life, the punsan should not be kept in the yard all the time, as they are domesticated dogs that are strongly attached to the family.