The Korean Jindo is an official national treasure of Korea and because of this it is very difficult to export purebreds out of Korea.
They are a medium-sized spitz-type breed with a squarish body and a double but short coat that comes in a wide variety of colours. In Korea they were originally used for hunting. They worked independently, returning to the huntsman with the prey.
They are intelligent, strong-willed and independent and can be quite territorial but they bond closely with their owner and can be very loyal and obedient. They have a strong protective instinct and prey drive so are wary of strangers and a possible threat to small wildlife. Careful training needs to be undertaken to overcome this. They need plenty of exercise but teaching a very secure recall is necessary because of their prey drive. It is not wise to leave them in a yard as they get bored easily and have amazing abilities to scale walls up to eight feet high.
The short coat does not need too much looking after throughout most of the year but it sheds heavily twice a year when daily brushing is a necessity. The only health problem they are known to be prone to is hypothyroidism.