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Loyal and gentle are the two words that best describe the Jindo. They are active, intelligent, and can be independent thinkers; this makes them quick to learn new things when being trained, but somewhat willful and tough to handle. They have strong pack instincts, and make good watchdogs and hunting dogs; but they do not act aggressively in everyday life, and are exceptionally good at distinguishing friend and foe. The loyalty of the Jindo might be best represented by the story of Baekgu, a Jindo whose owner had to sell her to somebody who lived 180 miles away. Baekgu had no interest in leaving, and made a seven month journey back to her original owner, with whom she lived for the rest of her life.

Adult Size

  • Large
  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Excessively

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long

Breed Group

  • Non-Sporting Group

Coat Length

  • Long Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat


  • Black
  • Brindle
  • Gray
  • Tan
  • White


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Regular Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 17-20″

Full Grown Weight

  • 41-45lbs
  • 46-50lbs
  • 51-55lbs

General Health

  • Pretty Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Not a Great Choice for Your First Dog
  • Poor Choice for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather
  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Not Good with Kids


  • Requires Regular Brushing
  • Requires Regular Grooming


  • Genius
  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent


  • Affectionate
  • Somewhat Affectionate


  • Sometimes Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

Social Behavior with Dogs

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Training Tendencies