– Fact or myth? Here we will answer the most common questions about the breed. –
- Jindos shed a lot – FACT
– This is a double-coated breed that changes its coat twice a year and there’s really a lot of it. Depending on the thermal conditions in the place of residence, it will shed periodically or more often – the warmer it is in the house, the closer friend a vacuum cleaner will become for us.
- Jindos are fantastic sporting dogs – FACT
– These are dogs that find themselves in many sports: agility, nose work, obedience, barn hunting, sleed, etc., and they really like it.
- Only white and red fawn dogs are ‘true Jindos’ – MYTH
– As of today, all 6 colors are accepted and fully purebred. There are also personal preferences or beliefs of the older generation of Koreans, but they do not influence the official standard of the breed.
In the late 90s, mainland dogs were invited to participate in dog shows on the island, and mainland dogs were brought to the Jindo research center kennels for breeding.
One of the first dogs in Europe, coming from the Jindo island, has a black & tan dog in his ancestors.
- Jindo training is difficult and does not bring results – MYTH
– What makes this breed difficult is the fact, that Jindo does not blindly follow human commands, but judges what pays off and what doesn’t, it is an intelligent dog who can make his own decisions. Jindo can be stubborn and it is very important that he has a positive experience, otherwise it may just not work. No forcing! However, with the right positive attitude, regularity and fun, Jindo turns out to be quite easy to train and if he learns something, he will not forget it.
- Jindos are aggressive dogs – MYTH
– Nowhere in its nature is the Jindo an aggressive breed.
- Only dogs from Jindo island are purebred – MYTH
This theory was widely spread by the first Jindo kennel in the UK, but it is not true. The document on breed protection shows that the definition of the Jindo dog was limited to the island of Jindo and only there went government funds. So no dog outside the island would get them.
Before the bridge between the island and the mainland was built, the only way to transport dogs from/to the island was by boat. The bridge made it easier to export dogs off the island and many breed organizations took advantage of this to register unpapered dogs in the pre-registration system. Of course, it is possible to legally transport Jindo outside the island – in addition to the blood purity certificate, you must have a special permit document with the address of the new owner.
When the dog crosses the border of the island, it is no longer under the protection document.
So, purebred Jindo will be both the one with the certificate from the Jindo island and the one with KKF pedigree.
- Jindo dogs do not like human contact, even with their owner – IN-BETWEEN
– To his people, Jindo is an incredibly lovable, loyal, gentle and funny dog. He loves spending time lying next to a human on the couch, going for a long walk or training agility. He also respects space, he will not be a shadow of a man, sometimes it is enough for him to observe from a distance.
On the other hand, this is not a dog that will be happy for every person it meets, wagging its tail cheerfully, and will not wait to be touched by a stranger. It is said that Jindo can be “aloof” towards strangers, more or less depending on the dog, but this is a fact.
- Jindo is not necessarily suited to living in a group of dogs because of the SSA (Same-Sex-Aggression), which is firmly ingrained in their nature – FACT
– Dogs are different, a lot depends on the character, early socialization in the kennel and training with the owner, but you can’t fight nature. There are Jindos who are sympathetic to same-sex dogs, but the vast majority are less tolerant. This is a proud and somewhat wild breed, so the problem arises when the other dog doesn’t back down. It can be managed enough for Jindo to tolerate other dogs, but we are unlikely to teach Jindo with a strong SSA to stay safely with another dog of the same sex without control.