Pungsan dog

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Pungsan dogs
Other names Phungsan
Origin Korea
Breed status Not recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Pungsan or Poongsan (Chosongul: 풍산개; Hanja: ) is a breed of hunting dog from Korea. They were bred in the Kaema highlands of what is now North Korea.[1] The dogs were traditionally hunting dogs.[1]

The dog is a rare breed, and is sometimes smuggled over the North Korea-China border.[2][3]

During the 2000 inter-Korean summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il made a gift of two Pungsan dogs (associated with the North) to South Korean president Kim Dae-jung. In return, Kim Dae-jung gave two Jindo dogs (associated with the South) to Kim Jong-il.[4][5] Born at the Pyongyang Central Zoo, the Pugsan dogs were originally named Dangyol (Unity) and Jaju (Independence) but were later renamed Uri (meaning We) and Duri (Two). They initially lived in the Blue House, the residence of the South Korean president, before being moved to the Seoul Zoo, where they gave birth to 15 puppies before both dying at age 13.[4][5] During their life, the dogs were accorded special status as guests of state.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Andy Hou. "Korea's Most Beloved Dog Breeds". Window on Korea, Sky News. 
  2. ^ Bong-uk Chong, North Korea, the land that never changes: before and after Kim Il-sung (Naewoe Press, 1995), p. 92.
  3. ^ Daniel Schwekendiek, A Socioeconomic History of North Korea (NcFarland, 2011), p. 156.
  4. ^ a b c Kim Hyun (July 5, 2010). "Pair of N. Korean dogs are state guests at Seoul zoo amid frozen relations". Yonhap. 
  5. ^ a b Wei Du, Inter-Korean summit: What gifts will Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong Un bring for each other?, Channel News Asia (April 26, 2018).

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