Jindo Dog Breed

Yellow Jindo
  • Other names:
  • Korean Jindo
  • Chindo
  • Jindo Gae
  • Jindogae
  • Jindo Gu
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Pronunciation: [Jin doo]

The Jindo is a medium-sized Spitz-type dog rarely found outside Korea and Japan. It is a remarkably adept hunting dog whose training, socialization and management is extremely difficult — but which is equally rewarding for those who have the capability and experience to raise these wonderful, beautiful and talented purebred dogs. It was only in the 1980s that the dog began to get introduced to the Western world; the South Korean government has long maintained severe restrictions that make it very difficult to export Jindos.

Jindo Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred12-14 yrs.16-25 in.25-50 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Jindos are hunting dogs, pure and simple. The American Kennel Club (AKC), however, has categorized this breed in the Non-Sporting Group. A great many Jindo clubs worldwide appear to have taken offense at this classification, noting that it implies a relatively inactive dog — and more. (The general argument is that this leads to thinking the Jindo doesn't need much exercise, which in turn prompts destructive and dangerous behavior.) While this breed can be a great family dog fulfilling many duties, it is by no means an easy dog to raise, train and socialize — and Jindos are definitely not for first-time families.


  • Staunchly loyal
  • Great guard dogs
  • Superb watchdogs
  • Extremely protective
  • Low grooming needs
  • Excellent hunting dogs
  • Uncommonly courageous
  • Preference for being indoors


  • High jumpers
  • Love to roam
  • Escape artists
  • Fearful of water
  • Highly dominant
  • Very difficult to train
  • Steadfastly stubborn
  • Very strong prey drive
  • Require a lot of patient training
  • Tend to be uncontrollable in packs
  • Early and on-going socialization is a must
  • Moderate shedding with two annual blowouts

Jindo Breed Description

Despite it being a rare dog outside Korea (and Japan, where the breed was harbored for a while), there is a lot to be offered for those who may have only heard of the breed and now seek the 101 on Korean Jindo dogs. This highly-skilled hunting dog has long been kept restricted to the point that even coat colors were mandated — and most coat colors were even made illegal — by national governments.

Along with the breed's unique look is their unique intelligence. They are well-known escape artists, and they have been known to open doors and leap over seemingly high-enough fences. These dogs absolutely must be trained properly as well as with great patience and by a human alpha who is also part of the family.

The Jindo tends to be a very calm dog, even when ready to attack. They tend to go from zero to 60 in a second, and they tend to not give any overt warning when they launch; this surprise is part of their success as a hunter that seeks smaller, very fast prey. On the other hand, deftly trained Jindos will be remarkably protective of and steadfastly loyal to their family members.

This dog runs swiftly and is much stronger than the thin body may suggest, and they are very active dogs who need a lot of daily exercise. They will very quickly develop destructive behavior if their energy is not burned off with ample workouts.

Jindo Coloring

The Jindo's colors have a significant history in and of themselves. The Japanese and Korean governments have had a great impact in preserving two colors while nearly entirely eliminating other coat colors — until February of 1998, when the protection laws were revised.

Most Jindos tend to be either yellow, white or both. The other colors, which remain relatively rare but continue to emerge, are black and tan, pure white, gray, pure black, and the unforgettable tiger-brindle. White Korean Jindos are not as rare as the black ones, whereas the brindle Jindo is extremely rare. There are also distinct patterns and masks — such as ghosting — that are carefully considered by those who raise and judge them.

Jindo Size

When it comes to Jindo size, these dogs are far more than their generally sleek physique may imply. Mature male Jindos are around 40 to 50 pounds and stand 18 to 25 inches tall. Fully grown females are a bit smaller, and they weigh as little as 25 pounds and as much as 40 pounds and typically stand from 16 to 22 inches tall.

Average Adult Height

16-25 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

25-50 lbs

Jindo Temperament

The Jindo temperament is a distinguished, historic and demanding one. This ancient, relatively rare and highly specialized purebred dog is very difficult to train, socialize and maintain — but if you have the patience, resources and background to undertake such a relationship, the rewards will be great.

You absolutely must establish yourself as the alpha when taking on the life-long responsibility of having one of these dogs in the family; failing to do so will render all future attempts to manage this dog basically impossible. Even when under the command of the pack or human alpha, this top-notch-intelligent dog will exhibit a very independent personality. Training your Jindo will be neither easy nor quick, and despite their potential for aggression, these dogs must be handled gently when being trained.

Another Jindo characteristic is that these dogs are hard-wired to hunt, chase down and kill smaller animals. If you have cats, hamsters or any other such pets, you should not get a Jindo. Their loyalty is also significant to a fault: they are fiercely protective of family members. Even with proper socialization, they may well tend to regard strangers with near-aggressive suspicion. Once you have broken the barrier, however, your Jindo will be eager to please, ready to learn new tricks and set for a lifelong relationship.

Jindos and Children

By nature, Jindos are hunting dogs. Without early, proper and very consistent training and socialization, they regard suspiciously anything which they would not hunt down and kill. Brought up correctly, however, your Jindo will be confident and gentle — which means they can be great with children and as a family dog. Keep in mind, Jindos, and all dogs, should be supervised around babies. You must remember that a human alpha who can adeptly manage this dog is a must, or problems will quickly develop and escalate.

Jindo Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Jindo dog breed.

Yellow Jindo
Yellow (Hwanggu) Jindo
White Jindo

Jindo Health

Jindos are extremely healthy dogs that nevertheless have a couple of health concerns: hypothyroidism and obesity. While the former can be treated if signs of its onset are watched for, the latter can be prevented with a diet managed as closely as the training and socialization that this dog requires.

There is also thought to be an aversion to wetness — whether bodies of water or rain — that is believed to cause health complications; as such, it may be best to not force your Jindo into water other than a bath when he absolutely needs one.

Your Jindo, if kept healthy, happy and relatively dry, should live to be about 12 to 14 years old.

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Obesity

Jindo Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Jindo as a dog breed:

  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Foundation Stock Service
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.