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Country of Origin: Korea

Group: rare, working, or guardian breeds of dogs.

Section: Asian Longhair

Original Function: thought to chase away spirits and ghosts

Todays Function: companion

Dimension Male: 46-56 cm

Dimension Female: 46-56 cm

Weight Male: 16-28 kg

Weight Female: 16-28 kg

Litter Size: 6-8 puppies

Life span: 10-12 years

Other Names: Sapsal Gae, Sapsaree

Colors: The various coat colors of sapsali breed are classified into 12 categories. a) blue sapsarees are di

Living: the sapsali will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. they are fairly active in

Recognized: Not recognized by any major kennel club


Sapsalis are medium sized and slightly longer than tall. Their adult coat is long and abundant, and comes in various colors including solid and/or mixed shades of black, golden yellowish-blonde, reddish-orange, browns, and salt-and-pepper greys. Their hair falls over the eyes in the same manner as that of the Old English Sheepdog. Although Sapsalis resemble herding dogs, they appear to have been bred exclusively as house dogs; their "work" is spiritual rather than physical.


In Korea, they are famous for their gentle, protective, and loyal characters. They are friendly and playful with people they are familiar with, but aggressive if another dog enters its homestead. Not being natural fighters, they are usually peaceful. However, when attacked, they are almost merciless, and they will not stop chasing their aggressor unless commanded to do so by their owners or until their stamina runs out.


The Sapsali needs daily exercise, either a moderate to long walk or a vigorous romp. Brisk, twice-daily walks of at least 30 minutes are necessary and if a secure area can be found then he will appreciate the opportunity to run.


The long and full coat needs constant care to keep it in top condition. Unless it is combed and brushed right through to the dense, water-proof undercoat at least two times per week, it will become matted and the dog may develop skin problems to be plague


Major concerns: CHD

Minor concerns: Hypothyroidism, Dewclaw, patellar luxation

Occasionally seen: TOF, POF

Suggested tests: hip, knee