There is no written record of the origin of the Korean Jindo Dog. Authorities agree that the breed originated and existed on Jindo Island for a long time. There have been
many theories about the origin of Jindo Dog. One of the theories describes him as cross-breeds with Mongolian dogs when Mongol forces invaded Korea around the 13th
century.They are now protected under the Cultural Properties Protection Act.In 1962, the Government of South Korea designated the Jindo as the 53rd ‘Natural
Treasure’ (or translated as ‘Natural Monument’) and passed the Jindo Preservation Ordinance. Because of the special status of the Jindo, it is very difficult to export
purebred Jindo outside of Korea. Jindos marched in the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. The United Kennel Club recognized
the Jindo on January 1, 1998.The Jindo Dogs Guild of Korea, as of 2008, issues certificates of pure Korean Jindo Dog, which specifies the registered number of the
mother, sex, and birth date of the dog, as well as breeder’s address and whether the dog is of purebred.The breed first appeared in the West in France and has since
made its way over to the U.S. There are a few registered Jindos in the United Kingdom. Also, the Korean government and Samsung Group have contributed to efforts to
gain international recognition for the Jindo.
The Korean Jindo is a medium size, Spitz-type dog, similar in appearance to the Shiba-Inu and the Akita. He comes in colours of red and white, brindle, tan, tan and
white, black, black and tan, yellow, and white.
The breed is well-known for their loyalty, protective instincts, and independent spirit. Do not expect this breed to be overly affectionate or friendly with strangers. They
are natural protectors and will need time to warm up to people they do not know. Once they know you and others, they are an affectionate and joyful breed that needs
Although they are great hunters and work well in packs, they have an independent mind and must be trained by a more experienced dog owner. They respond well to
positive reinforcement. They also tend to be free spirited and are known for roaming. This breed make excellent watchdogs and will guard your home and family with
their life. You will not hear your Jindo bark or growl often, though.
The breed is an extremely active breed and needs regular exercise to be content. Without the proper attention and exercise, the Jindo can become destructive and may
escape your home. Many are also finicky eaters and may not take food from strangers. Unfortunately there a high number of Jindos that are abandoned due to lack of
proper training. While some believe that Jindos are not easily rehomed, research has shown that individual dogs that are adopted from shelters will attach easily to their
Breeders are aware of the challenges associated with the Korean Jindo Dog’s highly loyal nature, and are actively seeking to breed out these traits to develop a more
personable, sociable breed. They are also aiming to breed dogs that are more suited to small-scale, apartment-style living. It is thought that encouraging these traits is
required in order for the Dog to become better known on the world stage. However, these efforts are made difficult by the fierce restrictions placed upon breeding by
the Korean government.
Jindos are sturdy dogs with very little health problems. The only health issue that seems to be somewhat common in the Korean Jindos is hypothyroidism. As long as
these dogs are given room to exercise and roam, they stay very healthy. A typical lifespan for a Jindo dog is 12 to 15 years.
The thyroid gland is in the neck makes a hormone called thyroxine that controls metabolism (the process of turning food into fuel). With hypothyroidism, the gland doesn’t
make enough of that hormone.
It’s a common disease in dogs. It affects all breeds, but it is often found in golden retrievers, Doberman pinchers, Irish setters, dachshunds, boxers, and cocker spaniels.
It usually happens in middle-aged dogs (ages 4 to 10) of medium to large breeds. Neutered males and spayed females also have a higher risk, but vets are unsure why.
In most cases of hypothyroidism, your dog’s immune system attacks his thyroid. Other causes are the shrinking of his thyroid and, although rare, a tumor. No matter the
cause, symptoms and treatments are the same.
The first sign is hair loss, usually on your dog’s trunk, back of the rear legs, and tail. His coat will be dull and thin, his skin flaky, but not itchy or red (which is usually tied
to fleas or an allergic reaction). He may also have black patches of skin. This is followed by weight gain, muscle loss, sluggishness, a slowed heart rate, toenail and ear
infections, and intolerance to cold. It’s not widespread, but hypothyroidism is also linked to seizures, heart and blood vessel problems, and infertility.
For a diagnosis, your vet will do a series of blood tests.