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Characteristics, History, and Health


The DongGyeongi is a rare dog breed from Korea. Scientific studies assert that the breed has been around in Korea for at least 1,000 years. The physical feature that these dogs are most recognized for is their lack of a tail (sometimes a bobtail). The DongGyeongi also display some similarity to the Jindo breed. They originated in the coastal Korean city of Gyeongju. During the Japanese Colonial Era, many dogs were unfortunately killed because they resembled the Komainu, which were the lion-like statues that guard the entrances of many Japanese shrines. The Japanses also saw their stump tail as a sign of bad luck. The Donggyeongi now a protected breed, and has been listed as a national treasure in Korea since 2012.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Daeng gyeon, Donggyeong gae
Life Expectancy
12-14 years
Average Male Height
17-22 inches
Average Female Height
17-22 inches
Average Male Weight
31-55 pounds
Average Female Weight
31-55 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Double, Thick
Coat Colors
Black, Brown, Cream, White
Coat Pattern

Genetic Predispositions and Health

Currently, there are no known genetic conditions tightly associated with the DongGyeongi breed. As for all breeds, genetic screening is recommended to assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.

Personality and Behavior

There is not much information about the DongGyeongi's temperament or personality, but they are generally thought to be friendly. They arealert and active, require early socialization and training, and are better suited to experienced dog owners.

Fun Facts

The DongGyeongi is the only dog breed in Korea with a short tail.

They are an endangered breed that has been protected by the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea since 2012.

According to an article in the scientifiic journal Nature, there have been reports of the DongGyeongi breed including old Korean records, including the Dongkyung jabki (published in AD 1669) and the Sungho sasul (published in AD 1740), as well as the clay doll representations of DongGyeongi that were excavated from the remains of the ancient Kingdom called Silla, which is said to prove that this breed has been in Korea for at least 1,000 years.