How to Care for a Jindo

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The Jindo is a breed of dog that originated in Korea and is considered relatively rare in North America--but are certainly around--so if you see a dog resembling a Shiba Inu, but larger--or an Akita, but smaller--chances are it's a Jindo. These independent-minded, yet loving and loyal dogs can live to 15--with the right care, that is. Here are some right ways to care for a Jindo.

  • Take your Jindo for regular checkups and stay current on vaccinations, flea and heartworm preventative. You can also do a monthly home exam of the skin, eyes, ears, nose, teeth and gums.

  • Spay or neuter your Jindo. Spaying females before the first heat will prevent breast cancer and uterine infections. Neutering males at a young age will prevent testicular cancer, help maintain a healthy prostate and curb aggression.

  • Have your Jindo's teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months to a year. Ask your vet or a teeth-cleaning professional for a recommended schedule. You may also want to brush your Jindo's teeth.

  • Feed your Jindo a quality dog food with meat as the first ingredient and no by-products, added preservatives or fillers. If feeding a homemade or raw diet, make sure your Jindo has the proper balance of protein, fat, carbs, vitamins and minerals.

  • Train your Jindo firmly, yet gently, and start as early as possible, as Jindos tend to have a "mind of their own." They do, however, seem to have a natural instinct for being housebroken.

  • Provide your Jindo with regular walks and exercise. They can do well in an apartment, as long as they have the proper amount of exercise.

  • Bathe your Jindo when necessary, but not too frequently; Jindos are very good about grooming themselves to keep clean. Keep up with regular brushing of their double coat, which is normally shed twice a year.

Tips & Warnings

  • Jindos tend to be very affectionate with family members, but wary of strangers at first.
  • Early socialization of your Jindo with other pets, children and strangers is a good idea because of their protective nature.
  • If you work long hours or are away a lot, consider doggie daycare or a pet sitter. Jindos crave human companionship and don't do well when left alone for too long.
  • If adopting a Jindo, keep in mind that they are known for having an ability to return to their original home, however far away. There was a story of a Jindo in Korea that found his way back home after traveling 160 miles.
  • Jindos were originally bred to hunt game, so it's best to keep them from smaller pets such as cats, rabbits and hamsters, and be cautious with smaller dogs.
  • The Jindo may become aggressive to protect its family and territory.
  • Make sure your fence is high enough; this dog can jump!
  • Hyperthyroidism can be common in the breed.

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