The national heritage of South Korea, Jeju dog is an ancient breed of dog found in Jeju Island. Only three were survived from the edge of extinction in 1986. A campaign to support this breed was aggressively headed and yielded a current population of hundreds of Jeju dogs. Apart from crosses with other breeds, about one hundred pure bred dogs are registered throughout the world. This dog is an ideal companion of the hunters primarily due to its speed. They are also known to have hunt deer, pheasants and badgers. Curious and protective, they are loyal guards but are furious and aggressive when attacking on prey.
This breed has wide and pointed forehead. Being rectangular in dimension, the Jeju dog is longer in length than in height; female Jeju dogs look like foxes while males seems identical to wolves. Their size and color scheme closely matches with Korean Jindos except the difference of upward pointing tails. This breed truly can be called the largest Korean-based dog breed. Their height is about 20 inches in average while weight ranges between 40 to 60 pounds. Its coat is dense, tight to the body and is available in tawny brown colors. Their physique is strong and sturdy with ample energy while flexible muscles help them in attaining high speed.
Conservative opinion about its origin is that, this breed was initially originated in China and was routed down to Peninsula, finally to Jeju Island in South Korea quite 3000 years back. It is still debatable that who brought these dogs to the island, what was their initial purpose and the time span of their introduction in Korea, It remained a popular military dog of the country. However, with decrease in military applications, the Korean Jeju was eaten by peoples quite often. This increasing trend of dog eating caused severe damage to the dog as the breed pushed to the edge of extinction. After various enthusiastic and devoted efforts, this dog got survival; currently its numbers increased to several hundreds. Further, the declaration of Jeju dog as a National Heritage and Korean National Monument in 2010 would augment the survival efforts.
The breed is sensitive, intelligent, independent, protective yet loyal to its family and well devoted. They are perfect guard dogs to deter and alarm, while aggressive when at hunt. The breed is relatively difficult to train, hard to socialize with other dogs and cats. Their guarding instinct was widely cashed in its early day’s military applications. They are good with older children but not trustable with young kids. Hard to accommodate in a family with other pets especially non-canine, they may afford other animals if all of them are raised together.
Walk with dog but keep leashed and hold the lead in hand, while walk ahead or aside of the dog to show leadership. They tend to be highly boisterous when not adequately exercised. A moderate engagement of physical and mental exertion is much necessary for their physical and mental stimulation besides their calm and harmonious temperament.
Its short to medium coat is fitted very tight to the body that sheds lightly round the year. Not much is needed for their grooming, brushing once in a week to remove dead hairs is considered satisfying. This breed is furious chaser and hunter when on task. Because of their strong sensitivity of scents and prey drive, they are not recommended off leashed in public places. They can be afforded off leashed but in a fenced boundary. Apartment life is not suitable, however can be accommodated in farmhouses. The breed is not exposed to any serious health issue.
Owner Should Know
The Korean Jeju dog is a little but round the year shedder.
At least one hour of daily physical exercise or hunting activity is necessary to control their rambunctious attitude.
The breed is loyal, possessive and protective; the dog is classical guard dog and effective watchdog.
They hold strong prey drive, while sensitive to strange smells, sounds and other movements in surroundings, they tend to investigate suspicious elements besides able to warn the owner for any intruder.
The breed is very rare even in its native country, finding its puppy would be very time consuming.
Always seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.