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Jindo: Characteristics, Grooming, Health, Training

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About Jindo

Country of Origin, History of Jindos

The Jindo is known to have originated on Jindo Island in South West Korea. It is said that Jindo dogs descended from Mongolian battle dogs that were left on Korea's Jindo Island after the 13th-century Mongol invasion of Korea.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

It's medium-sized, coarse, double-coated body is either square or slightly longer than tall. It has been divided into two body types: Tonggol or Gyupgae and Hudu or Heutgae.

The Tonggol or Gyupgae is very muscular and shorter in body, with a depth of chest equal to one-half the height at the withers and a shorter loin, while the Hudu or Heutgae is more slender with somewhat less depth of chest and a slightly longer loin. Typically, males are larger with heavier heads and females have more fox-like features. These two types are gradually being blended into a third type called Gakgol, which retains the length of body of the Hudu style and the depth of chest of the Tonggol style.

The Jindo may reach full size by 5 months, but takes 2 years to mature physically and emotionally. A Jindo dog can either have a ring tail (rolled on its back) or an erect tail (straight up). Jindo dogs commonly possess Gingko nut-shaped yellowish brown eyes with clear pupils. The ones with reddish eyes are considered better hunters. They have erect, triangular, symmetrical ears. Korean law currently recognizes only white Jindo and red (tan) Jindo.

Some Jindo Island residents have valued black, black/tan and red/white ones for being good hunters over the years. The UKC recognizes five different coat colors: white, fawn, gray, black and tan, and brindle (tiger pattern).

Height: At maturity, desirable height is 19.5 to 21 inches for male dogs of this breed and 18.5 to 20 inches for females.

Weight: Healthy Jindo males should weigh 35-45 lb. While the ideal weight for female Jindo is 30-40 lb.

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Jindo Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

Jindo Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

Jindo dogs need reasonable space to roam and run. A minimum of two, 30-minute brisk walks are necessary to keep a Jindo dog fit and happy. Because of its prey drives, it is recommended that the Jindo be kept on leash during its walks. Although they are not naturally good at fetching, they can be trained to fetch.


The Jindo has a double coat that sheds heavily twice a year. During the shedding season, extra care must be given to the coat. Warm baths can help the process along.

However, many of these dogs display a curious aversion from running water and avoid situations that might get them wet. They let themselves be washed, although with great reluctance. Daily brushing is necessary to remove the undercoat.

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Health and Care

Genetic Problems

The Jindo is a relatively healthy dog. However, they are susceptible to Hypothyroidism.

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Life Span

A healthy Jindo Dog is expected to live between 12 and 15 years.

Group: Hunting Dog.

AKC Popularity Ranking: Foundation Stock Service.

Also Known As: Korean Jindo Dog.

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