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Loyal Dogs of Korea
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Date of Issue : 2021.10.29
Types : 3
Denomination : 430 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3545
Printing Process
& Colors
: Offset / Four Colors / Gold Hot Foiling
Size of Stamp : 50 × 30
: 3 × 5
Image Area : 50 × 30
Paper : White unwatermarked
Perforation : 14 × 14
Printer : POSA
Designer : Park,Eun-kyung
Quantity : 630,000
Among many animals, dogs are often called `man’s best friend.` As many countries around the world boast their native dog breeds that suit the climates of their regions, Korea is no exception. Loyal dogs of Korea include the Jindo of Jindo Island, the Sapsaree of Gyeongsan, and the Donggyeong of Gyeongju. Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp series Loyal Dogs of Korea featuring three native breeds of Korean dogs designated as national natural monuments. The Jindo is an indigenous Korean dog breed native to Jindo Island that became domesticated in the Stone Age, having developed many excellent characteristics and traits over time. In May 1938, the Jindo was registered as a natural monument pursuant to the Decree on the Preservation of Treasures, Historic Remains, Scenic Sites and Natural Monuments in Joseon, and in December 1962, it was designated as Natural Monument No. 53 with the enactment of the Cultural Heritage Protection Act. Since January 1967, the Jindo has been under national protection following the enactment of the Special Act on the Protection and Cultivation of the Korean Jindo Dog. The Jindo is classified as a medium-sized dog breed that is generally 45 to 53 cm long and weighs from 15 to 20 kg. In 2005, the Jindo was registered with the UK Kennel Club (KC) and the French Fédération cynologique internationale (FCI) (English: International Canine Federation), which became an opportunity for the Jindo to be widely known internationally. The Jindo is adored by many for its handsome appearance and various characteristics, including loyalty, cleanliness, audacity and bravery as well as its homing instinct. The Sapsaree is an indigenous Korean dog breed native to Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. It is currently designated as Natural Monument No. 368. It takes its name from its physical appearance with a large head and shaggy fur–“sap” meaning to dig out, and “sar” meaning ghost. With such etymology, the Sapsaree is also called `ghost hunter` and it is considered a guardian dog of Korea. While the Sapsaree`s temperament is brave and bold enough to chase out ghosts, its gentle and cuddly appearance carries with itself obedience and loyalty. The Sapsaree is a medium-sized dog with a balanced stature that is generally 55 to 63 cm long and weighs from 22 to 30 kg. It is differentiated according to the length of its hair. Long-haired Sapsaree that covers its face is similar to a male lion with a full mane, and it was called `lion dog` in the olden times. Short-haired Sapsaree with distinct facial features and thick tail is unique in that it only has a mane around its neck and lower body. The Donggyeong, the oldest breed of all surviving Korean dogs, is an indigenous Korean dog breed native to Gyeongju. It was designated as Natural Monument No. 540 in 2012. Its history is evidenced by excavated fifth/sixth century clay dolls from the ancient tombs of Silla`s capital Donggyeong (former name of present-day Gyeongju), where it takes its name, and is even recorded in old documents, including the Samguk Sagi and Donggyeong Jabgi. Its general appearance is characterized by either short or lack of tail, and vary in color from white, yellow and black to tiger brindle. It is generally 44 to 49 cm long and weighs 14 to 18 kg. The Donggyeong is incredibly friendly towards humans, and gets along well especially with children and seniors due to its submissive character. It is also an outstanding hunter as it is bright and has exceptional abilities to learn training skills. The Gyeongju Donggyeong Dog Pedigree Conservation Institute of the Korean Gyeongju DongGyeong Dog Association established a pedigree management system to manage Gyeongju-bred Donggyeong Dog pedigree and conduct breeding research. Loyal Korean dogs that lived with us through our culture and history are our nation’s oldest friends and delegation that introduces Korea to countries around the world. We hope this commemorative stamp serves to introduce the public to the notable loyal dogs of Korea that are designated natural monuments in addition to serving as a reminder of dogs’ value as cultural heritage.