Korean Jindo

Korean Jindo
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Last Updated on February 11, 2020 by Bridget Shirvell

The Look of a Korean Jindo

Korean Jindos have compact, muscular frames covered in short, dense coats—much like the Akita and Shiba Inu. They have broad heads with pointed muzzles, dark noses, dark eyes and pointed ears. They have thick necks, well-developed chests and strong backs. Their tails curl up and over the back, and their thick coats come in a wide range of colors including white, brindle, yellow, red, tan, black, black & tan, red & white, tan & white.


  • Clever
  • Independent
  • Strong-willed
  • Refined
  • Clean
  • Loyal

Ideal Human Companion

  • Experienced dog handlers
  • Families with older children
  • Active singles

What They Are Like to Live With

Korean Jindos are alert, energetic and full of life, but they also tend to follow their instincts and do their own thing. Forming strong bonds with their families, Jindos crave attention and togetherness without acting needy. They can be a little standoffish with strangers, but have a playful openness with children. Korean Jindos have loads of energy. Take them on hikes or jogs around the neighborhood and they will stay right at your side.

Things You Should Know

The Korean Jindo can live as long as 15 years with few genetic health issues. The Jindo’s double coat should be brushed fairly often during shedding seasons. With enough exercise, the Korean Jindo can live just about anywhere—from apartments to country estates. However, as hardy as they look, Jindos were not meant for outdoor living. They are clean, refined and easy to housebreak, so keep them indoors with the family.

Korean Jindo History

Originating several hundred years ago on the Korean island of Jindo, the Korean Jindo was used for hunting deer, wild boar and small game. Noted for their discipline and cleanliness, the Korean Jindo is considered a national treasure in its home country, beloved as a trusted worker and loving companion.

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