Jindo dogs were bred and developed on an Island called Jindo in South Korea many years ago. They served as hunting dogs whether in a medium or large game with most prime preys include the boars and deer which were greatly abundant at that time. In the past, these dogs have been highly praised especially for their protective instinct and loyalty to their first owners or handlers.
Some stories tell that these dogs were very independent-minded that they were able to tackle down deer or boar even without the assistance of their hunters. In which case, they were celebrated more for their strength and courage that they were even considered as a National treasure to them.
All through the years, the Jindo dogs were the common breeds of South Korea to which they had even represented their native land during the 1988 Summer Olympics Games that was held in Seoul, Korea. Later in 1998, the Korean Jindo dogs were officially recognized by the United Kennel Club.
Traits and Behavior
They are developed and trained to be the working type that follows the characteristics of being a hard-working, independent thinker, loyal, alert and cautious, and also very intelligent.
These dogs are generally strong wills and were built as being the dominant type which when placed in the work field, brings them reliable and credible work results.
In terms of their hunting skills, they are very sensitive and alert on small movements which make them excellent trackers for hunting.
In this sense, they can track and tackle down animals and return them to their owners to have them lead to their prey.
While they stand as independent thinkers, training can be a bit hard which needs a firm, consistent but loving approach to leadership.
Typical Jindo dogs do not come as friendly for people whom they just met, which takes time for them to be comfortable with other people.
However, they are very loyal to their first owner or trainer. Early socialization is recommended to help them associate and be familiar with people and other animals.
Pet Care and Diseases
Korean Jindo dogs are known as heavy shedders that takes place twice a year.
In this manner, a warm bath is usually recommended to help in the process of shedding while regular brushing is also needed.
Like many working dogs, they are used to a lifestyle that engages movement in their surroundings.
Regular exercises can achieve through walking, running, or engaging in playful activities like Frisbee to let them be alert, active and functional.
One of the common health problems that can affect them is Hypothyroidism. Other than that, these dogs are generally a healthy breed.
Jindo dogs appear medium in size, sturdy in built, with a similar appearance to a Spitz that has a triangular-shaped head, upright ears and medium length, short, glossy coat texture.
These dogs have a height in withers of about 48-65 cm and a weight of about 16-23 kg.
Body structure appears to be slightly longer than tall, with a thick tail and moderately deep chest type. Jindo dogs have a medium-length double coat with colors that come in white, yellow, red, tan, black, brindle and a combination of red and tan, and also a combination of white and tan.
The Korean Jindo Dog can live up to 12-15 years. Litter size may consist of 4-8 puppies. Other names include Chindo, Jindo, Jindo Gae, JindoGae, Jin dog and Jindo Gu (based on the Hanja spelling).