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Nureongi Information

Name Nureongi
Other Name Korean Meat Dog
Origin South Korea
Build Type Medium
Life Cycle 12-15 years
Group Spitz-Type Dog
Character Stubborn, Non-aggressive, Noisy, Coperative
Height Male:12-16 inches
Female:12-16 inches
Weight Male:20-38 pounds
Female: 20-38 pound
Color Yellowish, Brownish, Blackish
Average price 600 US$


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Hypoallergenic No



The Nureongi is actually a collective name rather a distinguished breed, for dogs that are eaten in Korea. This is a yellowish dog with medium build and medium fur. These dogs are widely kept as a livestock dog to produce meat, they are not adapted as house pet. They are kept in farms and sold in market like cattle to butchers. They are transported in trucks like cattle and hens. As being bred for food, they are not trained for any dog applications. They can afford other dogs because they are bred in the form of herd. They are being eaten from very old time; any of the documented history did not clearly describe its early application except food stuff.

This is medium-sized dog bred for meat. Build is strong and sturdy but with less muscles on legs. Its fur is yellowish in color and medium in size. Legs are short, making it slightly longer in length than in height. Ears are pointed upward while tail is carried curled over back. They are spitz-type dog with normal appearance. As this is not a specific dog breed, instead the dog is kept as livestock for meat; they do have average boney and fleshy substance. They are completely outdoor dogs that are not kept in the house.

The Nureongi is a term for such dogs that are being eaten in Korea despite of ban by the Government. Developed in Southern peninsula, they are bred in farmhouses in both northern and southern Korea. Besides very controversial topic, dog eating is still popular in older Koreans, younger ones are generally known to oppose the trend. They do not have any special or formal yet known with many names like Nureongi, Brownie dog, Yeller, Hwanggu, Yellow Cur and Korean slang ddong-gae. The dog is generally considered branched with Korean mutts, mongrels or curs, however they are not allowed inside the house. Korean culture and language positively distinguish between pet dogs and these meat dogs, the pets are treated specially with high regards than meat dogs.


The Nureongi dog is a vocal dog with excessive barking, well communicative with other dogs, intelligent, quite hard but non-aggressive. They live together in the form of livestock, thus no mutual fight is seen. Being bred for meat, they are not exposed to house life, they are kept outdoors in the farms, yards or other livestock sheds instead. Non-of them are trained for any special dog applications, they nether used as companion dog.

Nothing is invested for their grooming when bred in bulk quantity. Eating of dog is banned in the country, restaurants are not allowed to offer its meat yet a large number of Korean hotels and restaurants offer its dishes. Its stuff is baked in bakeries and available in the form of preserved food. Mostly they are seen behind the cages in the street shops of butchers. Obesity is not seen in most of the Korean peoples, some of them relate this dog eating as the secret of this fact, but the reason is not satisfying. They are kept underlie, traders and breeders desire to increase their weight to get more money against their flesh.

They tend to be stubborn if not leashed or contained in a fenced area. A leashed dog pretends to be the humble and calm, but infect very hard and quite noisy to keep. Its fur is of medium-sized usually found in yellowish, brownish or blackish color.

Owner Should Know

  1. Nureongi is not a bread instead, it the term to describe meat dogs.
  2. The Koreans dog respect and keep pet dogs with high regards but for this breed, they do not waist the dead dog even.
  3. Old Koreans are still found of its meat, whereas new generation tends to oppose dog eating.
  4. They are not house pets and are mainly bred like livestock to produce meat.
  5. They are advisable to be adapted as pet but would need devoted rescue group.
  6. They are kept healthy by random inspection by veterinary experts as they are used as food.
  7. It is easy to find its puppy if someone is interested in its breeding. They would need commitment, consistency and patience to mold for new lifestyle and trends.

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