Life span: 11 to 13 years
Height: 20 – 22 inches (male), 18 – 20 inches (female)
Weight: 40 – 50 lbs. (male), 30 – 40 lbs. (female)
Developed in South Korea, the Korean Jindo is a medium-sized hunting dog that with a fearless attitude. And while the breed may be hesitant when meeting new people or other dogs, with the right training socialization will not be an issue. The Jindo has a short coat that that comes in solid colors, such as black and white, as well as two-tone varieties like black and tan.
This breed is mostly known for its loyalty towards its family. It gets along well with children and loves doing tricks for them. However, it does not get along well with other household pets, especially with dogs of the same sex.
Their ears are small and remain erect, their tail is medium length and curls over its back. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their double coat consists of a dense undercoat that is soft, and a short overcoat that is rough to the touch. Coat colors include brown, light brown, red, black, grey and white.
Its exact origin is unknown, with theories stating it is a descendant of ancient Nordic breeds, and other theories stating it is a variety of the Akita breed. It is mostly believed that it originated in the Island of Jindo, located in Southwest Korea. Its original purpose was to be a hunter, tracking animals through cold trails with no problems. Once it catches the prey, it will bring its owner towards the prey. Given that there was limited travel to the island, this breed was kept a secret for centuries. It was not until the 1980s that the breed began being exported into the United States, and although it was recognized by the United Kennel Club, it was not accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service until 2008. Despite this, it is rarely found outside of Asia. In South Korea the breed has been protected through the law since 1962, and is considered a national monument. It is also highly popular there.
Known as a highly loyal dog, this breed is known for getting attached to its owner, often staying near them to protect them. However, it is extremely wary of strangers and must be socialized properly from a young age. They do not get along well with other pets, especially dogs of the same sex. They need plenty of attention to be content, although they are not known for having destructive behavior. They especially love participating in dog sports. Training should not be stopped at any age.
This breed is usually healthy, however, they may suffer from:
Hypothyroidism, a disease that affects the thyroid gland, its symptoms are ear infections, skin infections, hair loss, lethargy, and depression.
Their coat must be brushed once a week, with only occasional baths, given that they are normally very clean dogs. Their coats repel dirt and water, and odor is not usually an issue with them. During shedding season their coats should be brushed more regularly. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed, and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They are highly active and do require daily exercise, in which a long walk might suffice. However, they do need a job to do, such as guarding the house or entertaining kids. They are easy to train, especially given how intelligent they are. Early socialization is a must for this breed.