The Korean Jindo Dog

Quick Facts

- Best for experienced owners
- Good with children when raised with them
- Good with household dogs and cats when raised with them
- Medium size
- Medium exercise needs
- Medium-high shedding
- High watchdog abilities
- Medium ease of training

The Korean Jindo Dog originally hails from the Jindo Island in South Korea. They were originally developed to be fierce hunters of wild boars, deer, badgers and rabbits; they hunted in groups and individually. They were trained to bring down their prey and then return to their owners so they could lead them to it. They were first seen in in the United States in the 1980s. The United Kennel Club gave them official recognition in 1998 and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized them in 2005

Temperament:
Korean Jindo Dogs are extremely intelligent dogs that are capable of thinking for themselves and making their own decisions. They are strong willed, independent and dominant dogs that require an experienced owner that knows how to be a solid pack leader. Training needs to start early and be firm and consistent; positive reward focused techniques work best. They are not dogs to be taken on lightly; many owners find them too intelligent and clever to handle. They are easy to housetrain.

Korean Jindo Dogs are extremely loyal and bond closely with their families. They tend to be aloof and suspicious of strangers, and are a good judge of character. They are alert courageous dogs that make excellent home watchdogs. They are not usually given to needless barking, only raising the alarm when they feel they need to alert their owner to something suspicious or potentially dangerous.

Korean Jindo Dogs are athletic active dogs that do not enjoy a sedentary lifestyle. They require at least an hour or two of excise daily to keep them fit and happy. When ill exercised, they can be prone to destructive behaviour and trouble making. They are excellent escape artist and jumpers, and most can clear a five-foot fence with ease; they like to roam and explore, at least six foot fencing is recommended. Jindos have a strong prey drive and may run off in pursuit of a small animal; care should be taken when allowing them off lead. They are wonderful dogs for outdoor enthusiasts as they make fantastic jogging, bicycling, hiking and camping companions. Many Jindos have a strange fear of water and do not like getting wet; some do not like going out in the rain.

Most Korean Jindo Dogs are good with children when they have been raised and well socialized with them. However, they tend to be dominant dogs that may refuse commands from family embers who have not established leadership over them. All family members should participate in their training and upbringing to help establish themselves as higher in the pack hierarchy than the dog. Most can peacefully cohabitate with other dogs and cats when raised and well socialized with them, but due to their natural hunting instincts they are not trustworthy around small animals like rabbits ad pet rodents. They can be aggressive with strange dogs, especially any coming in to their territory. Early and thorough socialization with other dogs ca help decrease canine aggression problems.

The Korean Jindo Dog is a high-spirited determined breed. They require early and thorough socialization with different people, animals and situations, thorough training, and adequate daily exercise to ensure they become the excellent canine citizens they have the potential of being. With the right owner, Jindos are extremely obedient and trustworthy, and make fantastic friends and companions.

Appearance/ Coat Care:
The Korean Jindo Dog is a medium sized spitz-type breed. They measure 18 ½ -21 inches at their withers and weigh 35-60 pounds when full grown. They have dense double coats that are available in ivory, fawn, grey, black and tan, brindle (also called tiger), black, black and red or red. They are extremely clean dogs who will groom themselves like a cat; they have no doggie odour. They shed year round, shedding heavily in the spring and fall. They should be groomed daily during their heavy shedding times and weekly the rest of the year.

Health:
The Korean Jindo Dog is not an extremely common breed and has not been to subject to the bad breeding that often occurs with the more popular breeds. They are a very hardy breed that is only prone to hypothyroidism. Their average life span is around 14 years.


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