Jindo: Dog Breed Description

Several centuries ago, dogs called Jindo were bred in Southwest Korea in order to hunt badgers, rabbits, deer and wild boar. These days, this breed is protected by special Korean law, is considered a national landmark and is the most privileged and popular dog breed in Korea. Until the early 1980s, Jindo were practically unknown outside Korea and are still considered an extremely unusual breed, since the Korean government strictly regulates the export of these animals.


Jindo belongs to the Spitz family. It is a medium sized dog, independent, cautious, and an ideal hunter. Jindo is distinguished by a special reckless courage, he is extremely active and intelligent. He has a special instinct that allows him to return home from any distance, like a carrier pigeon returns. Jindo is also always ready to go in pursuit of prey.


Jindo dogs are not recommended for inexperienced breeders as their independent nature and strong will lead to certain difficulties in handling and handling. But Jindo is characterized by incredible loyalty to the owner and dedication to his family. For this reason, Jindo cannot be transferred to new owners, they are simply not ready to accept it. They are gentle, friendly and affectionate dogs. They make excellent watchdogs that will fight to the end to protect their family and home. Jindo dogs are friends with older children and other dogs with whom they grew up in the same house. They have an incredibly strong hunting instinct to chase prey, and therefore it is not recommended to get this dog if you already have small pets. Jindo should live in the same house with the rest of the family, as if they lack attention, their behavior can become destructive.

Wool and care

Jindo dogs are dressed in two layers of wool. The outer layer is straight, rather stiff and more abundant on the dog’s neck and chest. Under it there is a dense and soft undercoat that well supports the protective properties of the outer layer. In dogs of this breed, intensive molt occurs twice a year. In order to minimize free hair loss during normal times, it is recommended to regularly brush the dog with a stiff brush. When heavy seasonal moulting occurs, daily thorough brushing is imperative. During this period, it is recommended to give your dog frequent warm baths. Since the breeders did not manage to “spoil” this breed of dogs by their interference in the natural selection process, no specific diseases for Jindo have yet been recorded.


Since it is an extremely obedient and tidy breed of dog, Jindo usually self-learn to keep the necessary order at home. Early socialization and obedience training should be conducted on the basis of respect for the dog, firmness, fairness and consistency. Proper training of the dog by its owner is extremely important and can be said to be vital.


Jindo is completely unsuitable for keeping in a city apartment. To release energy, dogs of this breed need a well-fenced, spacious and completely safe yard. Jindo loves to play with his family members, but in no case should he even joke with a dog fight or similar rough entertainment. You need to walk Jindo every day, on a secure leash and, if you are walking in places where people are, be sure to wear a muzzle.

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