Breed Information Centre

Korean Jindo (Imp)


Illustration of Korean Jindo (Imp)

The Jindo is the National Breed of Korea and takes its name from the Korean Island of Jindo. This island was, until 1984, separated from mainland Korea and this geographical remoteness aided the survival of this breed. The Jindo is spitz-like in its features and was used as a hunting dog, and as a guard dog. They have been used in the past for dog fights and they do retain their dominance towards other dogs.

In 1938 the Jindo was declared to be a National Treasure and they were spared in the massacre of dogs by the Japanese in World War II.

It is only in recent years that Jindos have been exported from Korea and then in small numbers. Some have appeared at dog shows in the UK and Europe but this is a breed which needs a specialist owner.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

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