The Jindo, or more specifically the Korean Jindo, is a hunting breed which originated in Korea and is relatively unknown elsewhere. There is no written record of the origin of the breed, but the breed is important enough in its supposed native country that it is a national monument. The breed is known for its hunting ability; it has been known to hunt dangerous animals such as Siberian Tigers, as well as dear and boar. Traditional Korean hunting is done without guns, so a pack of Jindos is very valuable to the sport.
The Jindo is a spitz-type breed. There are two different body styles for the breed, the Gyupgae which is short and muscular, and the Heutgae which is slender and lengthy. The breed can stand 18.5 to 21 inches tall and weighs 30 to 45 pounds, depending on type and gender. The skull of the Jindo is round and broad with triangular ears and brown almond shaped eyes. The muzzle of the breed is rounded and its nose and lips are black. The tail of the dog is thick and strong. The breed is built for hunting with compact feet and only slight leg angulation. The coat of the breed is generally either white or tan, but can be fawn, gray, black or brindle as well.
The Jindo is very loyal to its owner, and requires a great deal of attention and care. The breed is both active and intelligent and requires frequent interaction with humans or other animals. The intelligence of the Jindo allows it to be easily trained, however it can be a disadvantage to Jindo ownership as well if it is left alone too frequently. The Jindo needs to know its owner is dominant or it will test boundaries. The breed makes an excellent watchdog as well due to its ability to distinguish family and friends from strangers and enemies. According to the Korean army, who uses Jindos as guard dogs at major bases, the breed can recognize 30,000 individual scents.