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The Pungsan or Poongsan (Chosongul: 풍산개; Hanja: 豊山개) is a breed of hunting dog from Korea. It receives its name from the mountainous northern county of Pungsan, now Kimhyŏnggwŏn, where the dogs were first bred. It is a very rare breed of dog, hardly known outside Korea.
The Pungsan is a breed found in Korea. Pungsan dogs have a thick coat, usually white in color, and known for their distinctive bark. They have a curled tail and pricked ears. The Pungsan's fur is very fine and thick to account for the cold winters in the northern Korean peninsula. The Pungsan is a common breed in Korea, but not elsewhere.
Pungsan dogs are strong and agile - because of their past in mountainous regions.[original research?] They have traditionally been used for hunting large animals, including Amur tigers. They have a lot of stamina and therefore require extensive exercise.
Pungsan tend to be loyal to their owners and people with whom they are comfortable.[tone] They will ignore everyone else, unless they invade what the dogs regard as their own space or territory. However, due to the breed still being closely linked to the wolf, aggression and a high prey drive are typical.
Though the origins of the Pungsan dog are not known, it is believed they were bred as hunting dogs as early as the Joseon dynasty. It is known that they originated in the mountainous north of Korea in Pungsan county (now known as Kimhyŏnggwŏn.) Their thick coat is a protection against the freezing temperatures of northern Korea, and they were bred to be resistant to the cold. In old Korean tales, the dogs were famous for their cleverness and loyalty, as well as their hunting ability; there is even a famous story of a Pungsan defeating a Siberian tiger.
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