General Information

Dog NameJindo
Other NamesJindoGae
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
Breed ForCompanion Dog
Country of OriginSouth Korea

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span14
Min Ideal Weight for male15
Max Ideal Weight for male20
Min Ideal Weight for female13
Max Ideal Weight for male20


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentBold, Affectionate, Bold
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyLow
Dog FriendlyMedium
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginSouth Korea
Nicknames and Other NamesKorean Jindo, Chindo, JindoGae
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupToy Group, Companion Dog
Bred ForCompanion dog
Recognized ByFCI, UKC, KC, AKC
Life Span14 years
Ideal Weight30-50 pounds
Ideal Height18-22 inches
Fur TypeDouble coat, soft, fuzzy
Common ColorsGray, Fawn, White, Brindle, Black and Tan
AvailabilityRarely available
AchievementsPolice and military dog
Suitable for ApartmentsNot very suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToKishu Ken

The Jindo is a well-muscled medium-sized dog breed from South Korea. They were used for hunting and guarding. The Jindo is also known by many names like Korean Jindo Dog, Chindo, Jindo Gae, Jindogae, Jin Dog, Jindo Gu They are loyal breed who stays loyal towards his family for the rest of its life.

Jindo is very good looking with triangular erect, alert ears and bold personality. The coat is short, dense and harsh. Their coats are mostly clean and need not be groomed frequently. They are a clean dog who like to brush their coat themselves like cats. The tail is rolled over its back.

Origin and History

Jindo was originated in South Korea in an Island located off the southwest coast. The name Jindo is derived from an island with the same name. They are protected by South Korea as a national monument and is a 53rd national treasure. Jindos were used by hunters to hunt wild boar, rabbits, badgers, deer and so on. They would bring down the prey and would lead the hunter to the spot of the prey.

Loyalty of Jindo

Jindo has been known for its great loyalty and dedication towards his owner. They are so much attached to their owner that in 1993, an old woman named Park-Bak-don bought a Jindo and named her Baekgu. Later, she sold her in the city about 180 miles away. Soon the dog ran from there and took 7 months to return to her original owner, Park-Bak-don. After that incident, the Jindo breed became famous all over South Korea.

Is Jindo Child-Friendly?

Jindo is not an aggressive dog but since they are very attached and protective towards their owner, they are suspicious of everyone, even small children. So, early socialization with children is very much necessary to avoid any kind of aggression in adulthood.

Jindo with a Child.
Image Source: Instagram-@redthejindo

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of Jindo is faithful and loyal. They are very much attached to its owner that if taken to a new owner, they will do anything to get back to its previous owner. Jindo is faithful to one person throughout their life. They are very loyal and protective of their owner that they won’t even let single harm comes to them.

Behavior: Jindo is very close to his owner. If they are left for a longer period of time by their owner, they will get depressed and more likely sitting in one place all day without eating. Other members of the family presence don’t matter to them, they only want their master to be with them all the time.

Personality: The personality of Jindo is bold and brave. They do not do well with other pets and strangers. Jindo is wary of them and does not trust them. So, proper socialization is necessary for them to be welcoming of guest and their pets.


Jindos are known to be fiercely independent and they do things on their own. They are not great with an inexperienced owner as they need consistency and confidence from their owner. Jindo should be trained with the firm leadership and by using positive methods of training.

Since they are very protective of their owner, they can be aggressive around strangers and other pets. Therefore, proper training of socialization is necessary to avoid their aggressive behavior.


  • The America Kennel Club has kept Jindo in the Foundation Stock Service since 2008.
  • The average life expectancy of Jindo is 12-14 years.
  • Jindo is a great watchdog and can distinguish good and a bad person from a distance.
Jindo Facts

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia,
Hypothyroidism, Eye Problems
Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Diabetes
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyLow Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 30%
Fat: 15%
Fish Oil

Jindo is a healthy breed. There is no serious health problem seen in this breed. However, they can suffer from some canine diseases like:

  • Hypothyroidism: The thyroid gland is an important part of the body located in the neck. It is caused usually by the inflammation or shrinkage of the thyroid gland. The symptoms are increased in weight without the increment in appetite, catching cold easily, slow heart rate an so on.
  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is common in a medium-sized and large breed. It is caused by the dislocation of the hip joints that cause the server pain on the back making it hard for the dog to move from one place to another.
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Dental problem


The Jindo comes in the following colors:

  • Black & Tan
  • Brindle
  • Fawn
  • White
  • Gray


Jindo puppy Cost
Jindo puppy
Image Source: Instagram- @omymaltese

Cost: The average cost of the Jindo puppy is between $500-$800 USD. However, adoption can only cost between $300-$400, inclusive of the expenses before adopting a Jindo puppy.


Height: The average height of Jindo is 18-22 inches from the shoulder.

Weight: The average weight is between 30-50 pounds.

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