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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 Jindo dog originates from Jindo Island, Korea and is similar in appearance to the Japanese Shiba. It was bred to hunt small rodents and prey as large as deer, but was commonly kept as 'gate keepers' used to guard farms and houses. Their exact origin is unknown, but it is believed that they were cross bred with Mongolian dogs when the Mongol forces invaded Korea around the 13th century. They are incredibly rare outside of Korea, with the Korean Government giving them protective status. There are only 25 Jindoes registered in the UK, but they are the most popular dog in Korea.


Fiercely loyal to their owners, Jindoes are great family pets, getting along well with children, other dogs and pets if raised with them. They have an ability to know friend from foe and can be wary of strangers, but once invited into the home they are usually accepting. Early socialisation is vital with this breed as they can become territorial, so introducing them to different situations, people, dogs and places is important. Try and get as many people as possible to visit the house when they are puppies to make them well rounded and accustomed to people visiting the home. They make excellent watch and guard dogs and can be very protective of their family.

Jindoes are highly intelligent but stubborn dogs. They need firm, consistent training and if this is given, they will be wonderfully trained dogs. They like to learn and do so quickly, but will always try and get their own way. Training will need to continue for the life of the dog to reinforce that you are the boss. Once trained, they will show incredible loyalty and obedience. However, their chase instinct can sometimes rear its ugly head and they will run off in search of quarry. The Korean army use Jindoes, which goes to show the potential obedience level of the breed.

They need a high level of activity to keep them physically and mentally stimulated, but unless recall is excellent, it is best to walk them on a lead or in a safe, fenced area. They love to roam and can walk for miles, so make good hiking partners. Many Jindoes have a fear of running water, with some refusing to go out in the rain; a fair weather dog! Once walked they are more than happy to lie at your feet and stare at you adoringly, or cuddle up on the sofa. They are very clean dogs, who are always grooming themselves.

Their double coat moults heavily twice a year, so they are best brushed every day to remove the dense fur of the undercoat. Bathing them is possible even if they are against the idea. Best to start getting them used to water from an early age and making bath time a pleasant experience with treats, toys and lots of affection.

Jindoes are a healthy breed with few hereditary concerns, although hypothyroidism is sometimes seen.


Korean Jindos possess a free spirited and independent temperament. These dogs love to roam so it is important this is managed in a safe way and that they are kept confined or on a leash when it is not safe or appropriate for them to roam. They are protective and loving of family which makes them excellant guard dogs although they can be aggressive towards other dogs and guests. Early socialisation and training is important here so that the Jindo grows into a well rounded dog.

Health Problems

Health problems that may affect Korean Jindos include patella luxation (dislocation of the knee cap), allergies, cataracts and hypothyroidism.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 10 -13 years
  • Weight: 16 - 27 kg
  • 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.