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Jindo Dog Breed

Considered and protected by Korean law as a national monument, the Jindo is the most popular dog breed in Korea. It was bred on the island of Jindo in Southwest Korea several centuries ago and was only introduced in the West in the 1980s. This is a medium-sized spitz-type dog which bears a physical resemblance to the Shiba Inu, but bigger, as well as the Akita. It has a standard height of 16 to 25 inches and a weight range of 25 to 50 pounds. Its has a broad top skull which is rounded between the ears. Ears are triangular and upright and the insides are well-furred. It has almond-shaped eyes that are a shade of brown in colour. Traditionally, there are two body types recognized: the Tonggol which is a very muscular and shorter body; and the Hudu which is more slender. The breed has five coat accepted coat colours: white, fawn, gray, black and tan, and brindle.

The Jindo is legendary for its loyalty and affection for its master, its high intelligence and unfailing courage. Bred to hunt wild boars, rabbits, badgers, and deer, it is said that the Jindo will bring down its prey and then return to its owner to lead him back to the catch. They are also known for their independence and free spirit, but with the right owner they are utterly obedient and devoted. The Jindo can live from 12 to 15 years.

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