The classic features of the Jindo include its pointed ears, fox-like face, and curled tail. Its frame is average in size. The chest is also average in size. The head is broad with a muzzle that is long and pointed. The facial features are dark. The nose is prominent. The breed has a happy appearance. The breed has an erect appearance as it stands on slightly angled front and back legs. It has a vague neck. The shoulders are high and transition into the back that is muscular. The tail is set high and curls up and over the side of the back. Its coat is short and coarse.


The Jindo is a sociable breed that is loving and fun. It tends to be more reserved when it first meets someone. The breed protects its family and their property, but usually doesn’t show any aggression. It has an independent attitude. The breed coexists peacefully with other dogs and is usually gentle with children. Training is beneficial for all types to eliminate any behavioral problems. The breed is responsive to training that is given by an owner that is confident and firm.

Height and Weight

Male height: 18-25 inchesMale weight: 35-50 poundsFemale height: 16-22 inchesFemale weight: 25-40 pounds

Health Problems

The Jindo is typically a very healthy breed. Some types may develop problems with their thyroid.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Jindo can easily live indoors and outdoors, but indoor living conditions are probably more suitable for the breed. Unless it lives outdoors with another dog, the breed tends to become very destructive when left alone outdoors. Another reason indoor living conditions are more suitable for the Jindo is that the breed loves to be in close proximity of its family, particularly its owner.


A couple of walks each day is sufficient exercise for the Jindo. The breed is fairly active and will generally obtain most of its exercise needs through play or when busying itself with various activities.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the Jindo is 15-15 years.

Litter Size

The Jindo typically has 4 puppies.


The Jindo doesn’t have any extreme grooming needs. It mostly needs a good brushing and basic grooming on a daily basis. This is all that is necessary on most occasions. During shedding season the coat will shed more and the coat will become susceptible to tangles and matting. In addition to brushing, the breed should also be given regular baths.


The Jindo’s name come from the Island of Jindo located in the South of Korea.




There are several acceptable colors for the Jindo. The coat can be a solid color of red, white, yellow, tan, black. The acceptable combination colors include red and white, black and tan, and tan and white.