Korean Jindo Dog Breed Information Center – A Guide To The Jindo Dog
The Korean Jindo breed originated from Korea and was first brought to Japan during the Meiji era (1868). Since then, it spread throughout Asia. Today there are around 1 million jindos living in over 40 countries worldwide. They have been bred for many reasons including obedience, hunting skills, companionship and other qualities such as good with children or pets. There are two main types of jindos: the small and large type.
The smaller ones weigh between 25-35 pounds while the larger ones weigh up to 80 pounds. All jindos have a dark coat with white markings. Their eyes are black, but their pupils may be yellow or brown depending on which color of fur they prefer to wear.
Jindos are considered one of the most intelligent breeds. They are known to be very loyal and affectionate towards humans and other animals. They love playing games, such as fetch, tug of war, hide-and-seek and more. They enjoy being petted and cuddled. Some jindos like to sleep on a regular basis; others prefer sleeping all day long!
Jindos bond strongly with their owners and have a tendency to cry when they are left alone. Jindos are known to be good with children and can be trained to participate in agility and obedience events.
Jindo Dog Care
Jindo dogs need lots of attention and exercise. They can get bored quite easily, which can lead to destructive behavior around the house, such as chewing on furniture or rugs. They will need to be walked on a leash several times a day and given enough space to run around in. Jindos are prone to getting sick if they do not have good living conditions. If you live in a small apartment or are gone for long periods of time, a jindo might not be the right dog for you.
If you are a student or stay at home all day, you must make sure you have time to take your dog out for a walk. Jindos should be walked at least twice a day and they enjoy spending time outside. If you do not give them the exercise they need they tend to get bored and start chewing on things around the house. They can also become destructive if left alone for too long. They need human contact and crave your attention.
When you are back from being out for a walk with your dog don’t forget to praise them or give them a treat to reward their good behavior.
Jindo Dog Walking
If you are having a dinner party or some other type of social gathering at your house it is important that you make sure your jindo stays downstairs or in another room. They are known to be very jealous and will bark or growl if they think your attention is on someone else. This could ruin a special moment in somebody’s life. Also, due to their tendency to wander and their strong hunting skills it is important that your dog is kept on a leash while in public.
Jindos do not get along with other animals, especially cats. They will usually chase them and may even kill small ones due to their strong hunting instincts. If you own a cat it is best to keep your dog and cat separated at all times. If you do want to socialize your pet with cats it is best to start when they are a young puppy.
Jindos are great guard dogs despite their small size. They will bark at anyone that comes near your house. They will usually bark when they hear a noise that they do not recognize. If someone is walking or running towards your house, they will bark to let you know. Some dogs will chase after strangers but this is rare and can be trained out of them if it happens.
Jindo Dog Health
The average life span of the jindo is between 11 and 15 years. They are prone to health problems such as gastric torsion, bone fractures, and eye problems. It is important that you make sure they eat food that is high in protein and fat, but low in grains.
The jindo is a small hunting dog that lives to please its owner. If you have the time to train it and can afford to take care of such a dog, then it may very well be the perfect pet for you.
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