Korean Jindo

Korean Jindo



Several centuries ago, the Korean Jindo was bred in South Korea to hunt badgers, rabbits, deer and wild boar. Protected by the Korean law, this breed is considered a national landmark and is the most popular breed in Korea. Up until the early 1980s, the Korean Jindo was practically unknown outside his homeland. Also, Jindos are still extremely unusual as the Korean government strictly regulates the export of these animals.

Height: 18-21 inches  Weight: 35-60 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


The Korean Jindo is a spitz-type breed. This dog is a medium-sized, independent, careful and quite active. The Korean Jindo is very intelligent and particularly brave, even reckless, which makes him a perfect hunter. Indeed, Jindos are instinctively protective and have very high prey drive. Comparable Breed: Shiba Inu, Akita.


Korean Jindos are not suitable for inexperienced dog breeders, because the independent nature of these dogs and their strong will makes them particularly hard to handle. This dog is characterized by incredible loyalty and devotion to his owner and family. Jindos are gentle, friendly and affectionate. They are excellent watchdogs that will fight to the end to protect their love ones. Dogs of this breed are great with older children and dogs with whom they grew up. Due to their incredibly strong hunting instinct, Jindos have the urge to chase small animals such as hamsters and rabbits. If the Korean Jindo feels neglected, his behavior can become destructive.

Coat / Care:

The Korean Jindo is covered with two-layered coat. The outer layer is straight, relatively rigid and more abundant around the dog’s neck and chest. Below, there is a dense and soft undercoat, well supported by the protective properties of the outer layer. The coat of the Jindo comes in white, yellow, red, red and white, tan, tan and white, black, black and tan, and brindle. This breed sheds intensively twice a year. In order to minimize the loss of the excess hair, it is recommended to regularly clean your dog with a stiff brush. During the shedding season, thorough grooming is a must. During this period, you can even bathe your Jindo, by arranging warm baths.

Health Problems:

The Jindo is a relatively healthy dog, though hypothyroidism can be a problem.


Since this is an extremely obedient dog, the Korean Jindo are likely to learn independently to respect the house rules. Socialization at young age and obedience training should be based on respect, firmness, fairness and consistency. Therefore, proper teaching methods are essential.


The Korean Jindo is not suitable for keeping in a city apartment. For proper development, this dog requires a well fenced, spacious yard. Korean Jindo needs daily walks on a secure leash. If you walk your pet in places where there are small children, the Jindo must be muzzled.

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