Jindo At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (Non-Sporting); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); KC (Utility); UKC (Northern)


Medium. Weight: Males 40–50 lbs; Females 33–42 lbs Height: Males 19.5–21.5 inches; Females 17.5–19.5 inches




Black and Tan, Brindle, Red Fawn, Gray, White; Also Black; Only shades of Red, White, Black and Tan

Life Span:

12 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

This breed became popular as a powerful dog that could hunt down deer, boards and even a Siberian Tiger when in groups.

Jindo Overview

While his exact origins are unknown, it is believed that this breed originated from the Jindo Island of Korea long ago. There, the Jindo Research and Testing Center believes that the dog itself is a native hunting breed that has existed for centuries. The breed became popular as a powerful dog that could hunt down deer, boards and even a Siberian Tiger when in groups.


Jindo Characteristics

The Jindo has a wild characteristic look to it, similar to that of the Dingo. It features sandy colored or white fur that is plush with a curled tail, similar to an Akita or Spitz breed of dog. The upright ears give the breed an intelligent and alert look, while the powerful face and body makes them perfect for hunting.


Jindo Temperament

This dog loves to spend time with family, and is extremely loyal. However, his high energy and independent mind makes him destructive if left indoors for too long. These clever dogs will quickly find ways to entertain themselves, and rule the house, if not properly looked after.

Norwegian Lundehund


Jindo Care

12 to 14 years is the average lifespan of this breed, typical for a dog of his size. There are no reported breed specific health issues, however proper veterinary care and preventive care are key to a long life and healthy, happy dog.


Jindo Coat

Their coat sheds seasonally, like many other double coated breeds. Occasional brushing will help keep fur to a minimum. They like to stay clean, and will keep themselves clean naturally rather than get muddy or dirty. They dislike being wet.


Jindo Training

This dog will practically train himself, especially with house training, in an effort to stay clean. Fairness and confidence, as well as socialization to everything are key to maintaining a positive relationship with the breed. It is easy to get frustrated with their independent, take-charge nature, so patience is a virtue.


Jindo Activity

Activity activity activity is key for the health of the breed. He will become bored and very destructive if kept indoors for large stretches. Outdoor exercise, space to run, and plenty of time to play will keep him happy and confident without becoming destructive. This is a dog that naturally loves to move.

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