Jindo is a medium sized working dog with a strong prey drive and protective instincts. In fact, the dog was originally bred for hunting deer, wild boar, rabbit and other such medium to large animals. The breed originated in South Korea on the Island of Jindo.
These spitz-type dogs are immensely popular in their native country but relatively unknown in other parts of the world. In fact, Jindo dog breed is protected by the South Korean government as a national monument. Moreover, the government passed Jindo Preservation Ordinance to discourage export of purebred Jindo dogs outside Korea. Certain other namesfor the breed are Korean Jindo Dog, Jindo Dog, Jindo Gae, Chindo etc.
Appearance-wise, Jindos somewhat resemble smaller Shiba Inu and larger Akita dogs. There are no specific breed standards for this breed. These dogs tend to grow fully by five or six months but usually do not become fully mature until two years. They can have round or almond shaped eyes. The ears are mostly triangular and upright.
Color: These dogs are available in a variety of color like yellow, white, black, red, tan, red and tan, black and tan, tan and white, and brindle.
Height: The average height of these dogs is 18 to 25 inches. Bitches are mostly 16 to 22 inches.
Weight: The ideal weight of these dogs ranges between 35 to 50 pounds. Bitches can weigh about 25 to 40 pounds, on an average.
These dogs may be prone to hypothyroidism but otherwise they are fairly healthy.
Life Expectancy: The average lifespan of Jindo dogs is 12 to 15 years.
Litter Size: 3 to 6 puppies
Jindo has a double hair coat consisting of straight, harsh outer coat and soft dense undercoat. The medium length hair coat needs regular brushing, preferably on a daily basis during shedding seasons when the dog sheds heavily.
Jindo grooming also includes responsibilities like regularly trimming toenails, brushing teeth, checking and cleaning eyes and ears and so on. However, you need not bathe the dog too frequently as he is known to be a fastidious cleaner like cats.
Jindo temperament is courageous, intelligent, gentle, loyal, affectionate but independent and territorial as well. These strong willed dogs necessarily require proper training and early socialization to avoid dominance and other destructive behaviors. Besides, these smart and brave dogs make excellent watchdogs. In fact, these dogs are used as guard dogs at major bases of the Korean army.
They are generally suspicious of strangers but fiercely loyal towards their owners. It is for this reason that they have been not known to do well in second homes. Because of their strong prey drive, these dogs are usually not reliable around other household pets, especially non canine pets. In addition, they are considered more suitable with older and considerate children rather than mischievous small children. These dogs are easy to housetrain.
These active dogs require a good amount of exercise and plenty of room to roam about. Thus, they need to be taken for daily walks for at least half an hour two times in a day. You can also be fetch games with your beloved doggy.
However, do not encourage the dog’s plea to play tug of war or other games involving aggression. When left alone and not provided with sufficient physical and mental stimulation, they tend to get bored and can engage in climbing and digging holes.
These dogs do well in apartment situation as long as their activity needs are fulfilled and they are not ignored outside in the yard (make sure proper arrangements for fencing, though). Although they enjoy playing outside, these affectionate dogs also love to spend time with their owners.
Therefore, they should be allowed to live indoors. As these dogs are characterized by independent and strong willed personality, Jindo dogs are not recommended for passive and inexperienced first time dog owners because these dogs are difficult to handle.