- Origin: Korea
- Group: Hunting
- Weight: Male: 18-23 kg Females: 15-19 kg
- Height: Male: 50-55 cm Females: 45-50 cm
- Colors: white, black, gray, tiger, red, brown
- Training: medium-difficult
- Care: It needs a lot of movement
- Temperament: independent, loyal, pretentious
- Health: Generally healthy
- Puppies: 4 to 8
- Average age: 12 – 15 years
Jindo is a hunting dog, originally from Jindo Island of Korea. Though he is not well known outside of Korea, he is highly appreciated for loyalty to his master.
The history of Jindo is not clear and precise, with exact dates to show their appearance as a race. Considered a natural treasure, the Korean Jindo dog, also known as Chindo or Jindo Gae, seems to be a descendant breed of Mongolian fighting dogs that were left in Jindo Island after the Mongolian invasion of Korea in the 13th century.
The soldiers’ dogs stayed on the island, isolated, managed to live hundreds of years without human aid. There are both hunting and guard dogs.
Although there are several color variations – black, white, yellow, red, brown and in combinations of them, only the white or red color is covered by Korean law as a natural monument. Although it is illegal to export Jindo dogs from Korea, immigrants have brought them to North America for more than two decades.
At the opening ceremony of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, the Jindo dogs marched. Jindo was recognized as the United Kennel Club only in 1998.
It’s a carnivorous dog. This means that the protein source is meat. If he is hungry, he will eat cereals and vegetables as stuffing. Avoid corn in large quantities. After lunch, it’s good to give him fresh water and at least a quarter of an hour for siesta.
Each dog has its own metabolism, level of activity. The amount of food should be determined according to these two criteria and age.
If you buy food from the store or if you cook it at home, be sure to be nutritionally balanced. Chocolate and sweets are not generally recommended for dogs, some breeds may become ill. Attention also to food.
Some specimens may have elegans on certain foods, even if others do not. If you change the diet of an animal this must be done gradually, the new type of food will gradually be introduced into the usual food until it takes its place completely.
Beware of obesity. It is a vigorous and active dog, generally can not talk about obesity in this breed. But there are isolated cases when the animal does not make enough movement instead it has food at its discretion.
The Jindo dog looks like a look with the Korean breed dogs Akita Inu and Shiba Inu, a medium-sized dog with ears that are always twisted and resembles a fox. This Spitz dog is longer than tall but this difference is not great.
Males, like any quadrupeds, are more developed and stronger than females, with almost a fox’s stature. Jindo currently exists in two different forms, namely Tonggol / Gyupgae and Hudu / HeutGae, which differentiate as a physical aspect.
Jongo Tonggol / Gyupgae is very muscular, more massive, with a shorter body with a deep chest and Hudu / HeutGae jindo is thinner, thinner and longer. Subsequently, from these two types of Jindo, by obvious crossing, another type of Jindo emerged that acquires the length of the body from Hudu and has the breast as deep as Tonggol.
The coat of these dogs may have the following colors: yellow, red, red with white, pure white, white with yellow tail and yellow eyelid, brown, black, black, or combinations of black and tan. Although seemingly the tail is the same, things are quite different, this is of two types and very easy to notice: on one side it can be rolled up, forming a circle above the dorsal part, and on the other hand it can even be right.
The eyes of these dogs are usually brown or red and have the shape of a walnut, their ears in the shape of a triangle are always knit, and when they walk they have an elegant, imposing walk.
It is said that red-eyed specimens are more skilled at hunting than those with brown eyes. A female can reach maturity at a height of 58 centimeters, at least 41 centimeters, and a male may have a maximum height of 65 centimeters.
A female weighs 18 pounds, and 23 pound the male, both of which are mature. At the age of five months, it can be said that it reaches the physical appearance of a mature dog, but that the psychic takes a little longer, almost two years to mature.
Originally, the breed was created for hunting. It is not a dog that is grown only in the house because it likes to ride, having a fairly free spirit. It is known about these dogs that they can jump over walls or high hedges.
Jindo dogs have a strong will and an independent temperament, even those who seem extremely obedient. Whatever the independents would be, they most want to be with their owners, who are very loyal and obedient.
The master of a Jindo must give him much attention and affection, but at the same time be firm, setting some strict rules from the beginning because he is very impulsive and sometimes violent.
Being a picky and pretentious dog with regard to eating will never accept eating from strangers.
Jindo dogs need space to move. Due to their impulsive temperament, it is good that when they are strolled they are kept in the leash. Two rides of 30-60 minutes a day should be enough.
The life expectancy of Jindo dogs is between 12 and 15 years old.
I recommend an experienced master, because JINO is NOT a dog for beginners and will need a lot of documentation before taking this species, it needs a lot of space to run, does not adapt to apartment life and as many exercises.
Take great care to respond very aggressively to training through violence, so the best solution is positive training with a small snack as a reward.
He is very protective with his loved ones and his territory. There are excellent guard dogs and will guard the house and family to death, if necessary. It is able to make a difference between a friend and an enemy, a relative and a stranger.
They feel the relationship between his master and another person, and if there are quarrels or discussions, he will immediately jump to the master’s defense. It is very important not to live alone, in order not to develop its violent side. He has to live among people, “socialize” and play with other dogs.
Many people adopt a Jindo because of their beauty, intelligence, loyalty, and sometimes their fighter spirit, but quickly realizes that taking care of a Jindo and making him an educated member of the family is not so easy and requires a lot of care and effort.
That’s why it’s not a dog for inexperienced breeders.
He has a double coat that plucks twice a year. During the cooking period, the fur must be carefully cared for. Daily brushing is necessary to remove the dead threads from the substrate. In terms of self-care, these dogs are like cats, making their own toilet.
It’s a relatively healthy dog, only hypothyroidism can be a problem.