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Korean Jindo Dogs

Korean-jindo-outside Korean-jindo-friends Korean-jindo-puppy A close up of a korean jindo's incredible thick brown coat and pointed ears

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The Korean Jindo dog originates from the Jindo Island, (South) Korea. They bear a striking resemblance to the Japanese Shiba. They were originally bred to hunt all kinds of prey, from small rodents to animals as big as deer. They were also commonly used as gatekeepers to guard farms and houses. Their exact origins are unknown, though it is believed that they were crossbred with Mongolian dogs in the 13th century when Mongolia invaded and conquered the Korean Peninsula. They are an incredibly rare sight outside of the Koreas, with the South Korean Government giving them protective status. There are only 25 Jindos registered in the UK, but they are the most popular breed in Korea.


Very loyal dogs, Jindos will form a close bond with their owners. They are great with family pets, children and other dogs if raised with them. They have an ability to recognize friend from foe but can still be wary of strangers. Early socialisation is vital with this breed otherwise they’ll become overly territorial and may become aggressive towards those who enter their territory. Try and introduce them to as many people as possible during puppyhood so that they get used to the presence of strangers. They make great guard dogs and will protect their family if need be.

Jindos are smart dogs, yet they do have a tendency to be stubborn. They need firm, consistent training; if this is given, you’ll end up with a well-behaved, wonderfully trained dog. They like to learn and do so quickly but will always try to get their own way. Training needs to continue throughout this dog’s life to reinforce the fact that you are the boss. Once properly trained they show tremendous obedience and loyalty. Their chase instinct is their weakness and they may sometimes rear off in pursuit of squirrels and cats alike. They are used by the Korean army, just more proof of their excellent obedience.

They need a high level of activity to keep them happy. Both physical and mental stimulation is needed. Unless recall is perfect, it’s better to walk them on a leash or in a safe area. They love to wander and could walk for miles on end, so they make great hiking partners. A fair weather dog, some Jindos fear running water and will refuse to go out in the rain. Once walked they will be more than happy to lie down at your feet and relax with you. They take good care of themselves and make sure to be clean all the time.

Their double coat moults twice a year, so it is best that they are brushed every day to remove any loose hair. It is best to get them used to the idea of bathing at a young age to prevent struggles in the future.

Jindos are a healthy breed with few hereditary problems, although hypothyroidism can sometimes be seen.


Korean Jindos possess are free spirited and independent in nature. They love to roam so they need to be kept confined or on a leash. They are protective and loving of family which makes them excellent guard dogs, although they can often be aggressive towards other dogs and strangers. Early socialization and training is therefore vital, to enable them to grow into well rounded dogs.

Health Problems

Problems which these dogs can face include Patella luxation, allergies, cataracts and hypothyroidism.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 10 -13 years
  • Weight: 35 - 60 lbs
  • Height: 18 - 20"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Medium
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Small House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
  • Breed Type: Companion Dog
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour

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Brilliant dog if you know what you are doing - Russ,

I agree with the two reviews already listed ,but can i just point out that we in the UK dont think twice about eating a cow or a lamb. Think about the French who eat horses how would we feel about that? I too have two Jindo rescued from the meat trade one disabled.

- Miranda,

Well said, Sarah. I have two Korean Jindo dogs, one of whom is from the Dog Meat Trade in South Korea. I live in the UK. I find it hypocritical that South Korea, lists the Jindo dog as one of its National Treasures, whilst at the same time the Government allows them to be tortured and eaten, along with many other breeds of dogs, and cats too. This article is inaccurate in many ways!

Your Jindo Description - Sarah,

The fact that Jindo's are the main breed of dog eaten in Korea should be pointed out. They are adoptable from several rescues that have closed down dog meat farms ans slaughterhouses.