Sabsalgae is a traditional dog of Korea which used to live broadly around the southeast part of the Korean Peninsula. It is said that General Kim Yu-shin used to be accompanied by a Sabsalgae as a military dog in the age of the Shilla Dynasty.
‘Sabsal’ in Korean means ‘a dog that defeats ghosts and misfortune’, and it appears frequently in folk songs, folktales, and paintings.
The appearance is well balanced on the whole, and it is elegant and fair. The males have big heads and are reminiscent of lions.
It was a victim of the folk culture liquidation policy in the last stage of the Japanese Colonization and the numbers dramatically decreased before and after the Korean Independence. The pure breed is raised now only in Daejo-ri, Hayang-eup, in Korea.