These dogs are sometimes confused for a Shiba Inu - which are smaller than the Jindo - or an Akita - which are larger than the Jindo.
Korean owners divide the breed into two groups:
- Tonggol or Gyupgae - muscular and stocky with a deep chest. This body type has an equal proportion of length and height at the withers.
- Hudu or Heutgai - slender with less depth of chest. All features tend to be longer than in the Tonggol.
The Korean National Dog Association also recognizes a third body type called Gakgol. This is a gradually emerging combination of the two traditional body types.
Jindos are known for their independent minds, intelligence, and strong wills. They like to get things their own way. They are loyal and affectionate to the family, suspicious of strangers, and protective of their families and territory. Since they were originally bred to hunt, they also have a strong prey drive.
Taking all these traits into account, the Jindo requires early socialization, ample training, and is not the best breed for a first-time dog owner. Many adopt or buy a Jindo dog because of their high intelligence, and quickly learn that raising a really smart dog takes a lot of effort and time.
A Jindo likes to have room to move and investigate. They don't need extensive amounts of exercise, but should get at least two brisk 30-minute walks a day. These dogs need a lot of interaction with the family and is not the kind to be happy living by itself out in the yard.
The breed is considered healthy, with a life expectancy of 12-15 years.
~ Maria Sadowski ~