Sunday, April 13, 2008

Korean Jindo Dog Breeds

Korean Jindo Dog Breeds

The Korean Jindo dog, also known as the Chindo, or Jindo Gae, is an original, wild breed from Jindo Island in Korea, and is internationally protected as a Natural Treasure. It is unknown how the dogs first got to Jindo Island, but Jindoes have survived and prospered for many centuries on their own.

Jindos are medium sized, spitz-type dogs, approximately 40 pounds in weight. Full growth is attained fairly young, although they are not fully mature until two years of age. Their ears are prick and stand up between 4 and 6 months of age, their coat is medium length and dense, and their tails are plumed and curled up over their hind quarters.
While the Jindo comes in many colours, white, black, fawn, brindle or black and tan, only the white and the fawn Jindos are a protected species.

The Jindo is a fiercely loyal dog. They are single master dogs and will not do well in a second home. A Jindo has been known to return to its original abode, however far away it has been relocated so great thought needs to be undertaken before committing oneself to ownership.
Ideal hunters, these dogs would do very well left in a natural habitat. They are used by hunters as an only weapon, and they can bring down prey as large as deer. The Jindo is a cautious, independent thinker and not the dog for everyone.

Height: Dogs: 18 – 25 inches (48-65 cm.) Bitches: 16 – 22 inches (41-58 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 35 – 50 pounds (16-23 kg) Bitches: 25 – 40 pounds (11-18 kg.)
Their life expectancy was about 12-15 years.
Jindo has double coat that sheds twice a year. Since they were originally bred for hunting and helping their owners on farms, they could be considered a working breed.

A Jindo Story:

In Korea, Jindo dogs are quite the news makers. In 1995, Jindo dog named "Baekgu (white dog)" made a headline. Baekgu was sold to a person by his master because his master was going through economical difficulty at the time. -Young purebred Jindo dogs can be sold for good money in Korea because of its hunting skills, and protective nature.- The person who bought Baekgu was living in a city which is about 160 miles away from Baekgu's home. Jindo's master's daughter later said that she wept over letting Baekgu go, because he was her best friend. A few days after Baekgu left his previous family, the previous owner was notified that Baekgu was missing, and that he probably ran away. As time went by, the previous owner and his family felt deep sorrow for Baekgu, assuming that he is lost forever. After about three months, however, the daughter spotted Baekgu, in front of the front door, barely standing with three feet. She later said that she ran to him and hugged him, crying out loud his name. He was extremely skinny, and half of his body was pretty much damaged and some flesh was exposed. He couldn't use one of his leg. The story of Baekgu returning home from 160 miles far made a news weeks later. The family decided to keep him, of course, and because of his publicity the family could get help from others to keep Baekgu as their special family member. The story was a national sensation in Korea and was made into cartoons, a TV documentary, and a children's storybook. In 2004, Jindo County erected a statue of Baekgu in her hometown to honor the dog.

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