Sapsaree Introduction

Appearance and Temperament

Sapsaree Body Type

In old paintings, Sapsarees are drawn with a large head and thick ankle, much like those of a large-sized dog. The Chinese letter, bang (۫), was also used to mean "large" and it is likely that the Sapsarees, whose long fluttering hair reminded people of a mountain-dwelling ascetic, was in fact a large middle-sized dog. The fact that "lion dog" (refer to picture), which appears in Hunmongja-hoe, is used as a synonym for Sapsaree implies that, to the people at the time who had hardly ever seen a large-sized dog, Sapsarees were seen as a very large dog. According to the classification, Sapsarees are not in the large-sized dog category, but they appear to be larger in image than they actually are in reality. Sapsarees may appear bulky due to their long hair, but it is really their head, which is relatively large compared to their body, that makes them look so much larger than they actually are. Regardless of sex, Sapsarees are generally only 3-6cm taller and about 5kg heavier than Jindo dogs, but the fact that Sapsarees appear to be much so larger explains why people long-time ago drew Sapsarees as large dogs. Regarding the size, shape and characteristics, Sapsarees currently being reared in Gyeongsan have not undergone any selection. Since the size of progenitors is still small (presently about 1000 dogs), hasty selection can harm the genetic variability of Sapsarees. Determining the standard body type through research of progenitors' shape is appropriate only when the population of Sapsaree is at least ten thousand. Among the measurement data collected until today, the first Sapsaree data collected by Professor Yeon-bin Tak in 1971 is shown in Table 1. Table 2 shows another measurement data that was collected by Professor Tak in 1993, roughly 20 years after his

Sapsaree Size

In old paintings, Sapsarees are drawn with a large head and thick ankle, much like those of a large-sized dog. The Chinese letter, bang (۫), was also used to mean "large" and it is likely that the Sapsarees, whose long fluttering hair reminded people of a mountain-dwelling ascetic, was in fact a large middle-sized dog. The fact that "lion dog" (refer to picture), which appears in Hunmongja-hoe, is used as a synonym for Sapsaree implies that, to the people at the time who had hardly ever seen a large-sized dog, Sapsarees were seen as a very large dog. According to the classification, Sapsarees are not in the large-sized dog category, but they appear to be larger in image than they actually are in reality. Sapsarees may appear bulky due to their long hair, but it is really their head, which is relatively large compared to their body, that makes them look so much larger than they actually are. Regardless of sex, Sapsarees are generally only 3-6cm taller and about 5kg heavier than Jindo dogs, but the fact that Sapsarees appear to be much so larger explains why people long-time ago drew Sapsarees as large dogs. Regarding the size, shape and characteristics, Sapsarees currently being reared in Gyeongsan have not undergone any selection. Since the size of progenitors is still small (presently about 1000 dogs), hasty selection can harm the genetic variability of Sapsarees. Determining the standard body type through research of progenitors' shape is appropriate only when the population of Sapsaree is at least ten thousand. Among the measurement data collected until today, the first Sapsaree data collected by Professor Yeon-bin Tak in 1971 is shown in Table 1. Table 2 shows another measurement data that was collected by Professor Tak in 1993, roughly 20 years after his

Sapsaree Color

The two main colors of Sapsarees are blue and yellow. The original color of Blue Sapsaree is closer to black than blue but it is called Blue Sapsaree because it is seen as blue under the moonlight at night. However, the range of Sapsaree colors is much more varied (9 types): 1. Reddish-brown (or Chocolate) Sapsaree that usually comes from the Blue Sapsaree family, 2. Blue Sapsaree that is completely black, 3. Blue Sapsaree that is overall dark black but has yellowish region below feet, 4. Blue Sapsaree with light tone color, 5. Gold-colored Yellow Sapsaree that comes only from Yellow Sapsaree family, 6. Yellow Sapsaree with light tone color, 7. Yellow Sapsaree with white hair in the head-region, 8. Yellow Sapsaree that has a mixture of yellow and slightly white hair, 9. Sapsaree that has a balanced mixture of black, blue, and yellow hair. In special circumstances, a pure-white Sapsarees and spotted Sapsarees, both from the Blue Sapsaree family, can be born. This is good for genetic diversity within Sapsarees. Moreover, it is appropriate to recognize all of these colored dogs as Sapsaree breed.

Sapsaree Hair

The two main colors of Sapsarees are blue and yellow. The original color of Blue Sapsaree is closer to black than blue but it is called Blue Sapsaree because it is seen as blue under the moonlight at night. However, the range of Sapsaree colors is much more varied (9 types): 1. Reddish-brown (or Chocolate) Sapsaree that usually comes from the Blue Sapsaree family, 2. Blue Sapsaree that is completely black, 3. Blue Sapsaree that is overall dark black but has yellowish region below feet, 4. Blue Sapsaree with light tone color, 5. Gold-colored Yellow Sapsaree that comes only from Yellow Sapsaree family, 6. Yellow Sapsaree with light tone color, 7. Yellow Sapsaree with white hair in the head-region, 8. Yellow Sapsaree that has a mixture of yellow and slightly white hair, 9. Sapsaree that has a balanced mixture of black, blue, and yellow hair. In special circumstances, a pure-white Sapsarees and spotted Sapsarees, both from the Blue Sapsaree family, can be born. This is good for genetic diversity within Sapsarees. Moreover, it is appropriate to recognize all of these colored dogs as Sapsaree breed.

Other Unique Characteristics

The two main colors of Sapsarees are blue and yellow. The original color of Blue Sapsaree is closer to black than blue but it is called Blue Sapsaree because it is seen as blue under the moonlight at night. However, the range of Sapsaree colors is much more varied (9 types): 1. Reddish-brown (or Chocolate) Sapsaree that usually comes from the Blue Sapsaree family, 2. Blue Sapsaree that is completely black, 3. Blue Sapsaree that is overall dark black but has yellowish region below feet, 4. Blue Sapsaree with light tone color, 5. Gold-colored Yellow Sapsaree that comes only from Yellow Sapsaree family, 6. Yellow Sapsaree with light tone color, 7. Yellow Sapsaree with white hair in the head-region, 8. Yellow Sapsaree that has a mixture of yellow and slightly white hair, 9. Sapsaree that has a balanced mixture of black, blue, and yellow hair. In special circumstances, a pure-white Sapsarees and spotted Sapsarees, both from the Blue Sapsaree family, can be born. This is good for genetic diversity within Sapsarees. Moreover, it is appropriate to recognize all of these colored dogs as Sapsaree breed.

Physical Characteristic + Temperament and Training Aptitude

Sapsarees are overall gentle, obedient, and very charming to their master. Being faithful and loyal dogs, Sapsarees hardly ever forget their master and can immediately recognize their master even after a long period of his or her absence. During walks and exercise, Sapsarees usually stay by their master's side and even when they get ahead of their master, they return as soon as their master calls on them. When the master takes a break after running, Sapsarees also take a break by comfortably lying down beside their master. Sapsarees are very sociable and they greet their master's family with obedience and gentleness. On the other hand, Sapsarees keep a strict watch against any strangers and bark to inform their master of any unfamiliar faces, but becomes quiet once they learn that the stranger is a friend of the master. It is difficult for someone other than the master to earn the affection of Sapsarees due to their loyal personality, so a new master must be very affectionate, patient and loving towards Sapsaree to earn its affection in the beginning.

Sapsarees are overall gentle, obedient, and very charming to their master. Being faithful and loyal dogs, Sapsarees hardly ever forget their master and can immediately recognize their master even after a long period of his or her absence. During walks and exercise, Sapsarees usually stay by their master's side and even when they get ahead of their master, they return as soon as their master calls on them. When the master takes a break after running, Sapsarees also take a break by comfortably lying down beside their master. Sapsarees are very sociable and they greet their master's family with obedience and gentleness. On the other hand, Sapsarees keep a strict watch against any strangers and bark to inform their master of any unfamiliar faces, but becomes quiet once they learn that the stranger is a friend of the master. It is difficult for someone other than the master to earn the affection of Sapsarees due to their loyal personality, so a new master must be very affectionate, patient and loving towards Sapsaree to earn its affection in the beginning.

On a scorching hot summer day in 1999, due to poor living facility, ticks (blood-sucking parasites) began to inhabit at the Sapsaree ranch. At that time, Shepherds and a few other breed dogs were being raised for a short time. Suddenly, many dogs stopped eating and began limping. A careful examination showed several ticks sucking blood attached to dogs' toes. After identifying these ticks, hundreds of ticks were found on the back of Sapsarees in their long hair sucking blood. Surprisingly, these Sapsarees never appeared to show any discomfort and, in fact, they ate well and remained healthy.

Without receiving special education, Sapsarees can tell which actions are commendable and which are not. Sapsarees easily adapt to their environment and most have very good control of their bowel movements. Whereas many dog breeds have the tendency of randomly barking at people, Sapsarees bark only when it is necessary. Sapsarees are usually very quiet but once they start barking, their voice can get very loud and strong. Not only are Sapsarees good learners, but they are also very athletic. Although their appearance makes it seem as if they can barely run and recognize objects in front of them, they are remarkably athletic. Another interesting characteristic about Sapsarees is that they love water and enjoy swimming and playing in rivers and by the watersides.

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