Sap-Sar-Gae, Sapsal-Gae, Sapsalyee, Sapsali, Sapsari
The Sapsaree was traditionally kept as a property and house guard. Their name means 'drive out devils' and it is said they have the supernatural power to repel spirits. Aside from keeping the home safe from physical danger, it was believed they could protect its inhabitants from evil.
- 35-62 lbs
- medium-sized breed
- triangular, drop ears
- medium length tail
- long, shaggy coat
History of the Sapsaree
It is believed that the Sapsaree may have existed in Korea for over 2,000 years. Tombs and murals displaying the breed show it being established since at least 400 AD. Originally kept only in royal households, later the Sapsaree could be found throughout Korea.
Following WWII their history is debated. Dogs were slaughtered by the Japanese in heavy numbers during the war and many have suggested the Sapsaree was completely exterminated. Despite the controversy of whether or not today's dog is a recreation it was declared a Natural Monument in 1992 and today the government is sponsoring a conservation project to ensure the breed's survival.