7 Korean Dog Breeds (With Pictures)

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Ever wondered what dog breeds there are in South Korea? You probably don’t think about it often. South Korea is usually popular for other things, not their dog breeds. But, South Korea still has a variety of dog breeds. There are seven to be exact.

7 Korean Dog Breeds

Believe it or not, not all of these dog breeds actually originate from Korea like the Japanese Chin. If you don’t know already, the Japanese Chin isn’t actually from Japan.

Instead, it was introduced to Japan where the Japanese fell in love with them. Same here for these dog breeds. Some of these dog breeds we will be talking about have been introduced long ago and just became occasiated with South Korea overtime.

Korean Mastiff

The Korean Mastiff is a larger dog breed getting about 23-30 inches tall and weighing 140-160 pounds! They are a short-haired dog, so grooming them shouldn’t be hard.

They live for around 10-12 years. They may also be called Mee Kyun Dosa and are usually brown, rusty or orange in color.

Sapsali

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The Sapsali gets around 19-23 inches, lives for around 10-12 years and weighs about 35-60 pounds. They are best with active dog owners and are actually one of the dog breeds that are truly native to South Korea. Health conditions include defects and hip dysplasia.

Pungsan

The Pungsan is a medium-sized dog breed. They are around 21-24 inches and weigh 45-68 pounds when they’re full-grown.

They are cream and white colored and have a medium length coat. Health conditions include Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Gastric Dilation Volvulus, (GDV) as well as Bloat.

Nureongi

The Nureongi is actually the oldest Korean dog breed. They love to bark and are native to South Korea, like the Sapsali.

They are social dog breeds and are smart dog breeds and also tend to have a shorter coat. The Nureongi is also known as the Korean Yellow Spitz.

Donggyeongi

The Donggyeongi, a rare Korean dog breed, is notable for their bobtail feature and are actually one of only 34 dog breeds to have are naturally born. The Donggyeongi’s short tail was viewed as a deformation and was thought that they brought bad luck.

Netizens (people who are active in online communities or “citizens” of the internet) have speculated that they are a loyal and friendly dog breed.

Jindo

The Jindo dog is one of the more popular Korean dog breeds and they’re probably the one Korean dog breed that you know of. These dogs are medium-sized, getting around 18-22 inches tall and weighing 30-50 pounds.

They are affectionate and are generally pretty healthy, but they can get allergies and hypothyroidism.

Korean Jindos are high-energy hunting and guard dogs so if you are looking for a hunting or guard dog, perhaps the Jindo is for you! They do require weekly brushing with a slicker or pin brush, but they don’t have a long coat.

Jeju Dog

The Jindo dog is one of the more popular Korean dog breeds and they’re probably the one Korean dog breed that you know of. These dogs are medium-sized, getting around 18-22 inches tall and weighing 30-50 pounds.

They are affectionate and are generally pretty healthy, but they can get allergies and hypothyroidism.

Korean Jindos are high-energy hunting and guard dogs so if you are looking for a hunting or guard dog, perhaps the Jindo is for you! They do require weekly brushing with a slicker or pin brush, but they don’t have a long coat.


Hopefully I have helped you find out what dog you’re going to get if you’re looking for one. It can be hard to find out what dog you’re going to get as there are just so many.

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