By Jags Goldie Last updated: 27th October 2022

Pungsan Dog


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 27th October 2022

The Pungsan or Phungsan is a breed of large-sized hunting dogs named after the mountainous region of Pungsan (present-day Kimhyǒnggwǒn), the place where they were originally bred. The dog has a strong, agile, slightly rectangular body, broad skull, almond-shaped eyes, pricked ears, moderately deep chest, and a high-set tail curled over its back. It is a rare breed, barely known outside its native land.

Pungsan Dog Pictures

Quick Information

Other NamesPoongsan, Korean Phungsan, Korean Poongsan
CoatThick, fine undercoat, long, tough outer coat
ColorWhite, cream
Breed TypePurebred
CategorySpitz-type Dog, Hunting Dog
Lifespan12-15 years
Weight50-70 lb
Height20-24 in
SheddingSeasonal, heavy
TemperamentIndependent, energetic, intelligent, loyal, protective
Good with ChildrenYes
BarkingLoud, only when necessary
Country Originated inKorea
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationNot acknowledged by any major kennel clubs or breed organizations

Video: Pungsan Puppies Playing


Although the ancestry of Pungsan dogs remains obscure, their creation dates back to the rule of Joseon dynasty. Developed in the harsh environment of northern Korea, the Pungsans can work in cold weather. As they are aggressive hunters with high prey drive, they are also said to be related to wolves.

Temperament and Behavior

An affectionate pet that thrives on strong human leadership, the Pungsan is a family companion that loves to remain close to its people and participate in the daily round of household chores.

Although it is ignorant of strangers, it is known for being protective and territorial and will alert its owner of anyone or anything that invades its personal space.

Because of its hunting heritage, it can be dominating or aggressive toward other animals. Therefore, it is not suitable for inexperienced owners or families with small household pets. With early socialization, it can learn to be gentle with kids.



Being an energetic breed, it needs long, brisk walks on a leash, as well as runs and jogs beside you while you are riding a bike. You should also give it one or two tiring play-sessions in a safe yard for both mental and physical stimulation.


While its coat need brushing on a daily basis during the shedding season, it requires a thorough brushing 1-2 times a week the rest of the year. Bathing is necessary only when it smells bad.

Health Problems

It is a healthy and sturdy breed with no known genetic or any other health issues.


Since the Pungsan can be independent and stubborn by nature, it needs consistent and authoritative training.

Take your Pungsan dog on regular walks, visit the park, or invite over friends so that it will get to encounter unknown people and animals. Keep the interactions with strangers positive by using treats and praises to tell your pet that having them around is a great thing.

Walking on leash
Practice walking your dog on its leash in a place with little distraction, preferably indoors. Since feeling the leash and collar around its neck will be a challenge, offer plenty of praises and treats so that it finds the training session a lot more fun. Test its skills outdoors where it will encounter lots of interesting sights, sounds, and smells.


As a lively hunting breed, the Pungsan dog needs a nutritious diet comprising proteins, carbohydrates, and fats to improve performance.

Interesting Facts

  • There is a famous Korean folktale in which a Pungsan dog is said to hunt and defeat a Siberian tiger.

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