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Jindo

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Jindo

The Jindo (also known as the Korean Jindo Dog) is a medium-sized Spitz-type dog. The skull is moderately broad between the ears and tapers in width towards the eyes. The muzzle is shorter than the skull with teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The nose is black except for white dogs in which the nose is pink. The nostrils are large and open. The eyes are small, almond-shaped and set obliquely. Eye colors range from dark reddish brown to dark brown. The ears of this breed are strong, erect and triangular in shape with rounded tips. The neck is thick and well-muscled with no dewlap. The chest is moderately deep but not too broad. The feet are medium in size, round in shape with thick pads and dark nails. The double coat of this breed is thick with a soft undercoat and a coarse outercoat. Coat colors include red fawn, white, black, black and tan, wolf grey and brindle. The undercoat is light in color. The tail of the Jindo may be loosely rolled over the back with the tip touching the back or carried over the back in a sickle position.

Temperament The Jindo is renowned for the loyalty they show towards their family. This breed has a strong will as well as an independent mind. They love to roam and tend to have a free spirit. They are very affectionate with their loved ones, but are very reserved with strangers. This breed can be picky eaters and will usually refuse to eat food that is offered from a stranger. They make excellent watchdogs and will guard and protect the family to the death if necessary. The Jindo has high prey instincts and should not be trusted around small animals. The Jindo needs an experienced owner.
Height, Weight Male Height: 19-22" ; Weight: 40-50 lbs.
Female Height: 17-20" ; Weight: 33-42 lbs.
Health Problems This is generally a healthy breed. A minor concern is hypothyroidism.
Living Conditions This breed will do fine in an apartment because of its size and its desire to always be near their family. If they are outdoors, they should have a companion dog that will keep the Jindo from becoming destructive. They are great climbers and diggers and have been known to scale 6-foot fences.
Exercise This breed needs regular exercise to stay in shape. Walks twice a day are sufficient exercise for this breed. Due to their high prey instincts, always keep your Jindo on a leash while outdoors.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming The Jindo's double coat is easy to groom and only needs weekly brushing. During shedding season, the coat should be brushed every day to prevent matting.
Origin Koreas most famous dog is the Jindo, named after Jindo island which is off the Southwest coast of the Korean peninsula. It is a breed with wonderful hunting skills and exceptional homing instincts. The Jindo was bred to hunt rabbits, wild boar and deer. This breed was introduced to the United States in the 1980s. They are the National Dog of Korea and are under the protection of the Korean government and are considered a National Treasure. These dogs do not wear leads in Korea and are allowed to roam free. They are recognized by the UKC and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Non-Sporting, UKC Northern Breed