The Jindo is generally a healthy breed that does not have any of the typical serious problems that some other breeds have.
This is a very primitive breed, preserved thanks to the isolation on the island and still little changed by people.
However, there have been a few cases of health problems among dogs of this breed, such as:
- Hypothyroidism – this applies to most breeds that have been bred on islands surrounded by the sea, which is a source of iodine, for example Shiba Inu. This is slightly more common and is manifested by poor coat and skin quality, underweight and a change in behavior towards aggression.
- Hip dysplasia – rare and more often acquired than inherited
- Patellar luxation – rare
- Eye problems, e.g. cataractas and glaucoma – rare
- Food allergy – rare
- Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) – rare and found only in white dogs. It’s an autoimmune disease where the dog is allergic to its own tissue. The most common symptoms are skin lesions on the nose, then around the eyes, ears, etc.