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Korean Jindo

National Breed of South Korea named after Jindo Island


The Jindo is the National Breed of Korea and takes its name from the South Korean Island of Jindo. This island was, until 1984, separated from mainland Korea and this geographical remoteness aided the survival of this breed. The Jindo enjoyed a life of freedom on the island, roaming unrestrained by their owners’ sides for thousands of years. This free-range lifestyle helped develop their remarkable hunting and guard dog skills. Jindo is spitz-like in its features and was used as a hunting dog, and as a guard dog. They have been used in the past for dog fights and they do retain their dominance towards other dogs. In 1938 the Jindo was declared to be a National Treasure and they were spared in the massacre of dogs by the Japanese in World War II. It is only in recent years that Jindos have been exported from Korea and then in small numbers, some have appeared at dog shows in the UK and Europe.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Jindo, Chindo, Jindo Gae, Jindogae, Jin Dog, Jindo Gu


Jindos are polite and attentive. They will often follow their owner from room to room, not being clingy but happy to curl up in a corner where they can simply be near and watch over their person or family. The Jindo is a high-energy hunting and guard dog with impeccable house manners. Jindos love having a job to do and their needs are fairly easily met in an active household, even if that task is simply a nice long walk. They are an extremely intelligent and independent dog with great problem-solving skills and the ability to think for themselves. These dogs have a calm, confident, thoughtful nature, never fearful or aggressive without reason. Korean Jindos are one-person dogs, very loyal to their owner and family and often reserved with strangers. It is a breed characteristic for the Jindo to be extremely uncomfortable being forcibly restrained by a stranger. High prey drive is the norm for this extremely athletic hunting breed. The Jindo does not have much tolerance for rude behaviour of other dogs and generally is not interested in interacting with strange dogs outside their home. Within the home, same-sex dog aggression is often the norm and opposite-sex pairs are highly recommended.


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Guarding
TEMPERAMENTBold, Loyal, Calm
EXERCISE NEEDEDAt least 1 hour per day
HEIGHT – MALE48-53 cm / 19-21 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE46-51 cm / 18-20 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEMedium, Double Coat
GROOMING NEEDSSeveral times per week


  • Their intelligence combined with their desire for freedom makes them modern-day escape artists. There are few fences and crate doors they cannot conquer!
  • This breed may not be the best choice for families with small children or those with multiple pets. While they are not aggressive by nature, Jindos are mistrustful and may act out if they feel threatened.
  • Korean Jindos have thick, warm double coats that may be brindle, white, black and tan, fawn, or grey.


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