The Korea Jindo Dog is a well-proportioned, medium-sized dog used for hunting and guarding. With a pillared ear and a rolled or sickle-shaped tail, it should be a vivid expression of agility, strength, alertness and dignity. Jindo has a very strong penchant for hunting and is bold, brave, cautious and careful, not easily tempted and impenetrable. But in all this he is extremely loyal to his guru. Overall, he is not fond of other animals, especially males. He also has a good sense of direction. A one-man dog, he readily accepts a new master, but never forgets his attachment to the former master who raised him from puppy. He keeps himself clean and eats sparingly.
The Jindo breed originates from an island located on the southwest coast of South Korea. The name of the breed is derived from the name of the island, Jindo. Dogs have been unrestrained on the island for thousands of years with their owners, so that they can develop into a natural breed with hunting abilities. Jindo was designated as the Republic of Cultural Assets Act No. 53 in 1962. In short, the dog is called Korea Natural Treasure # 53. In its country of origin, Jindos are called Jindo-ke or Jindo-kyon. Cai or Kyon is the Korean word for dog. Internationally, he is the Federation of Synthological International Standard Number 334. In the United States, he has been admitted to the American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service since 2008.
The Jindo is a medium-sized, sturdily-built, Spitz-type dog, with an octagonal-shaped head, prick ears, and a harsh, straight coat of medium length. The body is either square or slightly longer than tall.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’.
Jindo is a fast breed whose double coat requires a weekly brush with a slicker or pin brush. They are known to be extremely meticulous and hygienic. Their double coat repels dirt and water, and they do not normally cause odor. Most of the time of the year, their coats require much less than the occasional and occasional brushes to bathe so that they look their best. As with all double-coated breeds, Jindo “blows” his coat twice a year. During this time, the entire undercoat is swept over the course of a month or so, and the dog needs both regular brushing and vacuuming of the house.
Jindo is a very serious Hunting Dog who is famous for his loyalty to his owner and family. He is a highly intelligent and independent dog with great problem solving skills and ability to think for himself. Jindos has a calm, confident, thoughtful temperament, never being intimidated or aggressive without reason. Jindos are one-man dogs, very loyal to their owner and family and often reserved with strangers. The breed is deeply guarded about its owner and property and is prized as an intelligent watch dog that does not react until necessary. It is characteristic of a breed for Jindo that is too uncomfortable to be forcibly banned by a stranger. The high hunting drive is ideal for this extremely athletic hunting breed. Jindo does not have much tolerance for the rude behavior of other dogs and is generally not interested in interacting with strange dogs outside his home. Indoors, same-sex dog aggression is often ideal and opposite-sex couples are highly recommended. Early socialization and puppy training classes are extremely important to expose Jindo to many things in his environment and provide him with the basic skills to become a good canine citizen. Jindos are very clean and are naturally out of the house at a very young age.
Jindo is a high-energy victim and a Guard Dog with impeccable home manners. He was developed as a serious Hunting Dog capable of traveling many miles and taking on small and big game. This very athletic breed requires a fair amount of physical and mental stimulation. Keep it for the children of a neighbor to run an acreage or tricks, Jindos like to do jobs and their needs are easily met in an active house. They enjoy agile sports and agility, participate in the sled dog team, and are happy to turn their athletics on for any active task, even if that task is only a good long walk.
Indoors, Jindos is polite and attentive. They will often follow their owner from room to room, not stingy but happy to curl up in a corner where they can just pass and see their person or family. If given an active outlet, they rarely disturb anything in the house that does not belong to them, and they are not a destructive breed.
Jindo should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult or senior). Jindos are light eaters, and their lean appearance often leads owners to worry about their diet. It is very easy to convert jindos into pickle eaters, leaving them to eat whenever they want or include treats in their food to entice them to eat. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Jindos are generally a healthy and long-lived breed with few known health issues. The lifespan for Jindos is often 14 years or more, and most live long, healthy lives. There are very few reported health issues within the breed. The most common health problems encountered are allergies and hypothyroidism. There have been a few isolated cases of cataract and hip dysplasia within the breed. Systematic health testing has not been ideal until recently, so the position of the right hip and eye of the breed remains to be fully ascertained.