The Korean Jindo Dog, also known as Hangul and Hanja, originated from the island of Jindo in South Korea. Representatives of the breed are good helpers at hunting badgers, rabbits, wild boars and deer. They are preferred pets in their homeland and have been declared a national treasure there.
First breeds appearance in Europe was in France. Some years later a couple of dogs were brought to the United States. In the United Kingdom there were only 25 Jindos. Last couple of years Samsung and Korean Government developed a campaign which would help the recognition of these beautiful dogs worldwide.
The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1998, but 7 years passed before the International Canine Federation accepted it.
The Jindo has a compact, muscular body, covered with short, dense fur. The coloration occurs in Brindle, yellow-brown, white, yellow or black, and in combination of the above. Its height varies from 40 to 64 cm and its weight – from 11 to 23 kg. The head has broad cheekbones, elongated snout, triangular, erect ears, dark eyes and nose. The neck is thick, and the tail is carried curled over the back.
Character and behavior
This is a very friendly dog who is strongly attached to its owners. These puppies love the company of all the family to which they belong. They hardly tolerate loneliness and ignoring.
The Korean Jindo Dog is very loyal and intelligent. They are very good watchdogs, who can easily distinguish strangers from friends and foe from family. They do not bark, unless they sense something unusual or real danger. Some representatives of the breed have a fear of running water and often avoid getting wet. Some even wouldn't cross a bridge if there is a running water below.
People are looking for puppies for sale of this breed because of the high intelligence, gentle character and their strong will.
Training and education
If you want to have a well educated and well-behaved Jindo, you should put a lot of time and efforts in training. Sometimes these dogs are stubborn and express too much free will, which is probably due to the fact that in the past the Koreans kept their Jindos outside.
The breed is distinguished by good general health, but is prone to thyroid problems. The average life expectancy of these dogs is around 12-15 years.
Grooming and care
It is not a good idea to raise your Korean Jindo in an apartment, it needs a lot of space and a variety of exercises. Their fur is easy to maintain – brush it once per week and more often in the shedding seasons.
Children and other pets
The Korean Jindo gets along perfectly with children and other dogs in the family as long as the puppy grew up with them, but because of his strong hunting instincts, company of other pets would not be a good idea.
It is well known fact that the Korean Army use Jindos in all kind of military activities.
There is a story of a Jindo named Baekgu who was sold in Daejeon, a city located more than 300 km from its original home. The dog managed to escape and after 7 months, he returned to its owner, exhausted and haggard. Baekgu stayed with his master until his death 7 years later. This story became asensation in South Korea and was told in a TV documentary, children's storybook and cartoons. In 2004, the Jindo region decided to build a statue of Baekgu to honor the loyalty of this dog.