AKC Group: Foundation Stock Service
Bred on the island of Jindo in southwest Korea, the Jindo breed was bred to hunt wild boar, rabbits, badgers and deer, working in groups or independently. They would bring down their prey and retrieve the owner and lead them to the spoil. The Jindo are protected by Korean Law as a national monument. Their loyalty and affection, fastidious nature, high intelligence and unfailing courage make them a prized treasure for Koreans.
Size: 16 to 25 inches; 25 to 50 pounds
Color: Solid white, yellow, tan, black or red; red and white, tan and white or black and tan; brindle.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Only hypothyroidism has been noted.
All Jindos possess a strong will (don’t be fooled by his compliance). This is an independent breed indeed. They love to roam and love to get their own way. They are extremely protective. They thrive under a strong, firm hand. You need to set the rules and stick to them. If you’ve earned his respect, you will be rewarded with the upmost of affection and loyalty. (You don’t know loyalty until you earn the loyalty of a Jindo!) Expect him to be reserved with strangers. Early socialization to pets and children is strongly recommended. Due to their high prey drive, they are not recommended to be around rabbit or small rodents. In Korea, there are no leash laws and they always roam freely. (Leash training will be fun!) Aggression is only shown to establish dominance or territory. A Jindo is very easy to housetrain. A Jindo tends to think independently first, yet learns commands and tricks easily. His high intelligence can lead him into mischief.
A Spitz-type dog, the Jindo resembles the smaller Shiba Inu or the larger Akita. Jindos are medium-sized with a double coat. They shed heavily twice a year. Warm baths will help him out. Daily brushing will remove the undercoat. Otherwise your yard may start to resemble the Old West complete with tumbleweeds of undercoat hair.