The Korean Jindo (Korean: 진돗개) is a medium-sized ancient hunting dog that originated on Jindo Island in South Korea. Some believe the dog descends from ancient breeds from the Nordic territories that bred with local dogs during the Mongolian invasion of the 13th century, while others believe they began as a variety of the Akita.
The Korean Jindo was bred to be a versatile hunting dog that could follow a cold trail and track badgers, rabbits, deer and wild boar. When hunting, they will take down prey and guide the hunter to the kill. Due to travel limitations to the Island of Jindo, for centuries they were best kept secret of South Korea.
The Korean Jindo is renowned for its incredible loyalty. In 1993, a seven-year-old female named Baekgu (English: White Dog) raised by Park Bok-dan, an 83-year-old woman on Jindo Island, was sold to a new owner in Daejeon, 180 miles (300 km) away. The dog escaped and over the next seven months made her way back Park Bok-dan. This caused a sensation in South Korea where the story of Baekgu was featured in movies and cartoons.
Weight: Male: 40–51 lbs (18–23 kg) Female: 33–42 lbs (15–19 kg)
Height: Male: 20–22 inches (50–55 cm) Female: 18–20 inches (45–50 cm)
Coat: Double coat: Topcoat short and harsh. Undercoat soft and dense.
Color: Black, White, Brindle, Black & Tan, Red Fawn, Grey.
Life span: 12-15 years
Temperament: Extremely Loyal, Bold, Intelligent, Active, Brave.
Health: Hypothyroidism can be common. May be susceptible to hip dysplasia.
• Also known as the Chindo, Jindo-Kae, Jindo-Kyon, Jin Dog, Jindo Gu.
• Most popular dog in South Korea.
• Protected under the Cultural Properties Protection Act.
• Usually only loyal to its first owner.
KC (UK): Utility
UKC: Northern Breed
FCI: Group 5 Spitz and Primitive dogs, Section 5 Asian Spitz and related breeds #334