The Jindo: A Complete Guide

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The Jindo is fastidious and quiet indoors, making him a great household pet and companion.
He requires consistent training and socialization.

Jindo owners must also be patient and willing to take him out every day on long walks.

He’s a good fit for active individuals and families who have enough time to let their wonderful personalities shine through.

The Jindo is revered in the Jindo province in South Korea. Anyone who visits the place is welcomed with a dog statue of its namesake.

The Jindo is known as a hunting dog in South Korea because of his strong prey instincts and unwavering loyalty.

He has medium-high energy levels. His high intelligence requires almost constant stimulation.

If left alone for long periods, he will find a way to entertain himself, and not always in the most productive manner.

Luckily, the Jindo is quick and easy to train due to his high intelligence. He is capable of learning even complicated commands swiftly, but his cleverness can lead him to be a bit stubborn.

He requires time and patience from even the most experienced owners.

Nonetheless, the Jindo makes a great pet for active owners with the time to invest in this unique breed.

He’s a faithful dog that will be loyal to you and your family, making him a truly great companion dog. He can be aloof around strangers, and this makes him an effective watchdog as well.

Due to the energy and agility of this dog, he will be happiest in a home that gives him access to the outdoors.

Jindo Puppies – Before You Buy…

A light brown Jindo looking at you
The Jindo forms a deep bond with his owner.

What Price are Jindo Puppies?

The price of puppies is approximately $300 to $400.

How to Find Reputable Jindo Breeders?

Finding a good breeder is important if you want to have a physically healthy and temperamentally sound Jindo.

Never accept verbal promises. Always ask for documentation. If the breeder tells you that there are no diseases in his line, you should know better.

Jindo puppies must stay with their mother and littermates until they are eight to ten weeks old. This will allow them to develop mentally and socially.

If the breeder allows their puppies to leave earlier, find another breeder.

Bad breeders send their puppies home earlier because they don’t want to feed or clean up after them anymore.

Reputable breeders will take the dog back if you are no longer able to care for them for any reason.

They want to make sure their puppies have the best home. If you don’t want that precious puppy any longer, they will take them back and find them another home.

All puppies must be permanently identified. This ensures your puppy is returned home if they get lost.

If a breeder refuses to tattoo or microchip, you are dealing with a bad breeder.

Good breeders will answer all your questions and provide tips on feeding, socializing, and training your puppy.

National breed clubs are also a great place to locate a reputable breeder. But make sure to interview them the same way they will interview you.

3 Little-Known Facts About Jindo Puppies

  1. The Jindo breed originated in Jindo Island, South Korea. This breed was brought over to America by Korean expatriates.
    The Jindo is also known as Jindo Gu, Jin Dog, Jindogae, Jindo Gae, Jindo, Chindo, and the Korean Jindo Dog.
  2. He is known for his loyalty and bravery to his owners.
  3. In 1991, a Jindo named Baekgu was sold and transported over 187 miles.
    Baekgu returned to his owner after several months, exhausted and near death.
    This is a very popular story in Korea that it inspired cartoons, documentaries, and storybooks.

Physical Traits of the Jindo

A close up of the Jindo dogs face
The Jindo requires a lot of attention to be happy.

The Jindo is a medium-sized dog. He has a strong and sturdy body. He’s a Spitz-type dog with prick ears and a triangular-shaped head.

His coat is typically straight, harsh, and medium-length.

The Jindo’s body is either square or slightly longer than tall. His tail is thick and may be loosely rolled over the back or carried over in a sickle position.

Gender differences in this breed are very apparent. Typically, males are larger with heavier heads while females have more fox-like heads.

His coat comes in colors like white, red, gray, tan, black, and black and tan.

The appearance of the Jindo gives the impression of intelligence, strength, and agility.

How Big is a Full-Grown Jindo?

Male Jindo dogs can grow up to 18 to 25 inches. Females can grow up to 16 to 22 inches.

Males weigh about 35 to 50 pounds, and females weigh 25 to 40 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Jindo?

The life expectancy of the Jindo is 12 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Jindo

A small white Jindo puppy
The Jindo is a fiercely loyal breed.

The Jindo is notorious for being both loyal and intelligent. His pack mentality lends itself to easy training and an eagerness to please.

However, his intelligence also makes him demand respect before giving his loyalty to his humans.

He can be willful in the early parts of his training. You need to be patient and consistent during this stage.

Once respect has been earned, few breeds surpass the loyalty of the Jindo. They are highly trainable and can learn the most challenging tricks with ease.

If anything is challenging in owning a Jindo, it’s his need for socialization. Jindo dogs are overall a gentle and loving breed, but they are wary of strangers.

Their sense of loyalty makes them furiously protective, which can manifest as aggression or viciousness in poorly socialized dogs.

Early and consistent socialization with people and other animals will quickly remedy this problem.

The Jindo’s Diet

Try to avoid wet food if you can, not because it’s bad but because a lot of dogs have a hard time going back to just dry food if you introduce wet food.

You can also add warm water to their dry kibble because it might be too hard to chew.

Add vegetables like peas and shaved carrots and a little bit of cheese to dry kibble to entice them to eat.

You can also add a few drops of olive oil and a few scoops of pumpkin. Both are very good for their digestive system.

If you have the time and money, a lot of Jindo owners choose to feed their dog a raw diet. It’s worth a try if your Jindo refuses to eat dry kibble.

Avoid dog foods with lots of grains and fillers. Choose a dog food that is high in protein and lists meat as the first few ingredients.

If your Jindo is being picky, try to change his feeding and eating rituals a bit.

Give him dry kibble as a reward treat during training instead of giving it to him in one or two large meals.

How Much Exercise Does a Jindo Need?

The Korean Jindo is a highly active dog that has a lot of energy to work off each day.

This breed requires a long daily walk or run, along with plenty of active playtime and room to run outdoors.

The Jindo needs plenty of mental as well as physical stimulation to keep himself from getting bored and developing problem behaviors.

This breed is known to be something of an escape artist when not properly exercised and he can be a little too high-strung for dog parks.

Jindo Health and Conditions

The Korean Jindo is a healthy dog with not a lot of serious health issues. But just like all dogs, he can still develop certain health problems.

One of the health problems known to affect this breed is hypothyroidism.

My Final Thoughts on the JindoA Jindo sitting down

The Jindo is a fiercely loyal breed that bonds closely with the family.

This breed has a gentle nature, but he can still be a good watchdog because he knows a friend from a foe.

He thrives human interaction and needs plenty of attention. He also needs to be stimulated both physically and mentally.

You should know that he can be quite the escape artist. He will climb and dig to get under the fences.

He also has a high prey drive, so it might not be a good choice for homes with small dogs, cats, and other animals.

He does, however, get along well with children. But he has a dominant personality, so it’s best to keep him as an only dog.

He will be aloof with strangers and will need extensive socialization. There will be problems with your Jindo and other male dogs if you don’t allow him to socialize regularly.

His exercise needs are moderate, but he does require a lot of one-on-one attention to keep him happy.

He loves engaging in dog sports with his owner. This strengthens the bond he has with his owner and also gives him the chance to burn off energy and use his intelligence.

The Jindo is loyal to a fault and forms such a deep bond with his owner. He does not transfer his loyalty easily.

If you are considering getting a Jindo, make sure that you can commit to him for life.

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