They are similar in appearance to the Shiba Inu and the Akita. They are larger than Shiba Inus and smaller than Akitas. Their coats are medium in length. They are soft and shiny. Coat colors include white, yellow, red, tan, black, brindle, and all combinations of those colors. The Jindo breed began on the island of Jindo in Southwest Korea. They are a breed that is several centuries old. They were originally bred for hunting boars, rabbits, and deer. The first was brought to the United States in the 1980s. They are considered a national monument in Korea, where they are the most popular breed.
Also Known As
- Jindo Gae
- Korea Jindo
Jindos are a very strong-willed breed. They are protective and fiercely loyal. They form very close bonds with their owners and will only show affection to them. They are excellent watchdogs. They are not recommended for households with other pets but if socialized at a very early age they usually do well with them. They are best suited for households with older children as they are temperamental and easily annoyed. They are not to be trusted around smaller animals, ever. They have strong prey instincts and will kill a cat or hamster without thought. Jindos are not aggressive unless they are protecting their family.
Jindos are prone to hypothyroidism. They are, overall, a very healthy breed.
Jindos are usually content with a long walk once a day. However, they do need a lot of space indoors. They need to have a territory in which they can protect. They have a very high prey drive and thus should always be kept on a leash when outdoors. Jindos love spending time with their families and do not adapt well when they are not in sight of their owners. Competitive games are not recommended for Jindos as they may see it as a threat to their dominance.
Special Grooming Needs
Jindos have heavy double coats that shed very heavily twice a year. They must have cared for a great deal during shedding months. Warm baths help aid in the shedding process. Daily brushing is necessary year-round and should be done with a very coarse brush. Use long sweeping motions to pull the loose hair from the coat. This is also helpful in preventing a major flea infestation.