The Korea Jindo Dog is a medium-sized hunting and guard dog. Although no written record has been found about the origin of this breed, it is generally agreed that it has existed for thousands of years on the Island of Jindo, Korea's third-largest island, located at the South-West end of the Korean peninsula. According to one theory, Jindo Dogs descended from Mongolian battle dogs that were left on Korea's Jindo Island after the Mongol's 13th century invasion of Korea. In 1938, the Korean government designated the white Jindo "National Monument #53," the highest honor given to precious artifacts, animals, or persons. It is the only national monument that can be described as faithful, brave, and adorable. Jindos marched in the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. The Jindo Dog Research Center is dedicated to their study and training.
Known in its native country as Jindo-kae or Jindo-kyon ("Jindo dog"), this bold and enthusiastic hunter has a very strong prey instinct and an excellent sense of direction. Jindos are reputed to have been able to find their way home when lost. For this reason, people have found it difficult to relocate them to new homes. The dogs have been known to jump off ferryboats in order to swim back to their island homes.
The double coat consists of the stiff outercoat and soft and dense undercoat. The hair on head, legs and ears is shorter, while on neck, withers, back and rump is longer. The hair on tail and back of thighs is longer than on the rest of the body. Accepted colors include red fawn, white, black, black and tan, wolf gray and brindle. According to the breed standard, the ideal height at the shoulders is between 45 and 55 cm.
Valued for their intelligence, courage, and loyalty, Jindos make excellent guard dogs and are known to protect homes and families to the death. Jindos are extremely fast, powerful, and determined. This is a one-man dog which can be a good pet, if owners are willing to put up with his stubborn and independent nature. (Photo source: Jisanjindogae
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