Breed Spotlight: Jindo Dog

Developed as a breed in South Korea, the Jindo Dog is valued for its unparalleled loyalty. These remarkably smart canines have a propensity for hunting, performing tricks, and even agility training. This medium-sized dog makes a great companion, excellent guardian, and quiet indoor dog. The Jindo Dog has erect ears and a curled tail.


Jindos need persistent training and an abundance of long walks. This makes them work well with families and individuals who have the time to dedicate to making their unique character come to the surface. If you are looking for a dedicated companion who will quickly adore everyone in your home, then you may be barking up the right tree with the Korean Jindo Dog.

Jindos have medium-high energy levels, and because they are so smart, they need to be constantly mentally stimulated. If you leave your Jindo alone for too long, they might find destructive ways of entertaining themselves. On the other hand, because Jindos are so smart, they can quickly learn commands.


Rather reserved with strangers, Jindos make great watchdogs. Perhaps this is why the Korean army uses them as guard dogs to protect their military bases.

Jindos are very social and should not be left alone for long periods of time, no matter how old they are. They often suffer from separation anxiety and will become lonely, bored, or depressed if left by themselves too frequently.

According to Dogtime, Jindo Dogs are afraid of water, so do not plan on taking your Jindo swimming. A Jindo may allow its trusted owner to bathe him, but not much more than that is accepted.

On the other hand, cold weather and snow are welcomed as Jindos have been used as sled dogs. When walking your Jindo, be sure to use a strong leash and harness. Be ready to restrain your dog if they come in contact with other canines.


Jindos should be kept indoors, side-by-side to their owners. Although they do enjoy going outdoors, they do not enjoy being left alone outdoors for long periods of time.

Their thick, double coats work great to repel dirt and water and keep them from developing an unpleasant smell. However, they do require regular grooming, such as weekly brushings to remove excessive fur. The Jindo sheds its coat twice a year, so you will be sweeping and vacuuming up dog hair on a regular basis during these times.

Jindos should be fed a diet high in protein, as their digestive tracts are designed to digest a carnivorous diet. Feeding your Jindo cheap, commercial dog food that is high in corn is likely to make your Jindo sick.


If you want a loyal, attentive, loving, energetic dog the Korean Jindo dog will make a great companion for you and your family.

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