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Jindo Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 18-21”
Weight: 35-60 lbs.
Energy Level: Low
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Jindo in the following colors:

  • Black and tan
  • Brindle
  • Fawn
  • Gray
  • White

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 11-15 years
The Korean Jindo Dog is a purebred pup that is grouped within the non-sporting dogs. It is recognized by the American Kennel Club and is considered to be a healthy breed without any known major medical conditions.

The only condition that is of concern for this breed is hypothyroidism. It is not uncommon for dogs to experience this condition because it is present in many breeds, and the Korean Jindo Dog is no exception.

Hypothyroidism affects the thyroid in your pup and can make it difficult for your pup to gain weight naturally or you may find that your pup gains too much weight and becomes obese. This condition is not considered to be fatal, but may concern you when present because your pup will often lose their hair and exhibit other symptoms. If you think that your pup has hypothyroidism, speak to your veterinarian to have the proper tests done. This condition is managed effectively with medication.

If you want to ensure that you have a healthy Korean Jindo Dog, you do need to work with a reputable breeder who screens the parents and does not breed pups with any health concerns.

The life expectancy of a Korean Jindo Dog is 11 to 15 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Korean Jindo Dog is not for a new dog owner and is not for an inexperienced dog owner either. This breed needs to be handled correctly to ensure he or she is not aggressive and dominant. This breed has a pack leader mentality, which means you need to assert yourself as alpha or else your dog will think that he or she rules you.

This breed is extremely intelligent and will impress you with his or her smarts regularly. Since he or she is smart, you will find training to be relatively easy, but you do need to make sure you are firm, consistent, and you stand your ground. If you allow your pup to become dominant over you, you will lose control and have an unruly pup on your hands.

The Korean Jindo Dog can be an affectionate, well-mannered, and loving pup, but it does not come easy. It is imperative that this breed receives socialization as soon as you can offer it to them. In fact, your Korean Jindo Dog will not do well with other humans, children, and pets unless socialization is performed.

This breed is known to be extremely protective of his or her owner and it is safe to say that your pup will go to extreme measures if needed and they feel you are threatened. To ensure there is no aggression in your pup, you need to work hard to train them correctly.

Your Korean Jindo Dog is not as active as other breeds, but he or she will still need exercise and a walk or two per day. You should always have your pup on a leash to prevent any issues. Remember, do not mistake the low energy nature of this dog for no exercise needed. Your Korean Jindo Dog will not jump up and down, run and play fetch, but he or she will like to sniff, roam, and explore.


The Korean Jindo Dog does not have a lot of grooming requirements since their coat cleans itself and dirt drops off. This means that you do not have to bathe your pup unless he or she has rolled in a bunch of mud or has a foul smell.

When you do bathe your pup, it is important that you choose a mild shampoo that will not irritate his or her skin.

One thing that you do need to make a note of is that this breed does shed. You will find that shedding picks up twice per year, and you may feel as though you are constantly following your dog around ready to use the vacuum.

To help cut down on the shedding, you should brush your Korean Jindo Dog once per day to remove any loose hairs. You do need to keep an eye out for mats, as they can develop.

You should clean your pup’s ears once per week to remove any buildup of wax and debris. Also, a nail trim is in order every month or as often as needed to keep your pup’s nails short and at a healthy length.


Your Korean Jindo Dog will eat anywhere between 2 to 4 cups of food per day. This breed is a little bit different than other breeds when it comes to the food they eat. While you can feed your Korean Jindo Dog a high-quality dry kibble, it is not always recommended for them.

In fact, this breed does better on a natural, fresh food diet that is prepared at home. For example, this breed is known to eat cottage cheese, cooked eggs, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meats, and broths.

If you are unsure of what to feed your Korean Jindo Dog or you find that you have trouble offering him or her food that he or she will eat, talk to your veterinarian to see what he or she recommends.

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A Korean Jindo Dog puppy can cost anywhere between $450 and $1,200 depending on the breeder and demand for the puppy at the time. It is unlikely that you will find this breed in a shelter.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Korean Jindo Dog is a well-mannered pup when properly trained. This breed is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners or those who cannot see to it that this pup has the proper training. Your Korean Jindo Dog will need socialization early on to prevent aggression and an unruly pup. This breed does shed a lot and is not generally recommended to be around young children. You will find that this breed does have some strict dietary needs as well. If you are able to dedicate the time and energy needed to this pup, it will pay off. This breed ranks a 4.


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