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Korean Jindo

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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Spitz group.


Females weigh approximately 30-40 pounds while males weigh approximately 35-45 pounds.


Approximately 18.5-21 inches.


While Korean law only recognizes white and red Jindos, the UKC recognizes white, grey, fawn, brindle, and black and tan Jindos.


The coat of the Korean Jindo is coarse and of medium length. These dogs also have thick undercoats.



While Jindos are typically reserved around people they have just met, they are very friendly and affectionate with their family members. Free-spirited, Jindos are great escape artists that have a tendency to roam if not contained within a yard with a high, sturdy fence.

Country of Origin:



While there is no historical record in existence that details the origins of the Korean Jindo, it is strongly believed that this breed originated many centuries ago on Korea's Jindo Island. Originally bred to hunt prey such as wild boar, rabbits, and deer, the Jindo dog is now a Korean national monument and is protected by Korean law. This breed first appeared in the United States during the 1980's and was officially recognized by the UKC in 1998.


This breed was named for its place of origin, Jindo Island. Additional names for this breed include Chindo, Jindo, Jindo Gae, and Jindo Dog.


Jindos are strong-willed dogs with independent minds. At the same time, these animals enjoy and require plenty of interaction with humans. Although protective of their property and family members, Jindos are typically very gentle dogs.



Early training and socialisation is very important for Korean Jindos because they have strong protective instincts and high prey drives. These dogs require firm and consistent, yet gentle, handling.


Korean Jindos are highly active dogs that require plenty of room where they can run, jump, and play.


Since Korean Jindos require regular interaction with humans, they should live indoors with their family rather than outdoors. Also, these active dogs require a large yard contained with a high fence since Jindos are excellent jumpers and escape artists. Due to their independent natures and their need for consistent, firm, and loving handling, Korean Jindos are not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.


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