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Korean Jindo Temperament: Learn About Its Legendary Loyalty

The Korean Jindo temperament is unique. If you would like to add a Jindo to your family, you will need to understand Korean Jindo behaviors.

The Korean Jindo is a working dog that originated on Jindo Island, Korea. He was bred for hunting medium-sized to large game, and he is a fierce and courageous hunter and protector.

The Jindo also has the kind of loyalty that sparks legends.

Yet he can also make an excellent companion dog.

As exceptional as the Jindo is, he is not right for all families.

The Korean Jindo Temperament


The Korean Jindo is a very intelligent breed. They are easy to train to be expert hunters, to be good companion dogs, and to do “trick” behaviors—but only if they want to.


As with most intelligent dogs, the Jindo can have a mind of his own. He can be stubborn with owners who haven’t earned his respect.

He is a fast learner, but this independence can make training challenging.

Fiercely Loyal

The Koreans cherish the Jindo for his incomparable loyalty. They tell many stories about how intense that loyalty can be.

The Koreans tell a story of a Jindo whose owner sold him for financial reasons. He escaped from his new owner and traveled 186 miles and seven months searching for her.

When he finally found her, the Jindo was in terrible condition. He had obviously been through a lot, but he never gave up until he found the woman who raised him.

(The story had a happy ending. She kept the Jindo with her until he died 5 years later.)

Some Jindo will eventually accept a new master. Even if they do, though, they never forget their first one. This extraordinary loyalty makes Jindos who have had a previous owner especially hard to train.

The Jindo will be protective of his entire family, but he is at heart a one-person dog. He may never accept a new master if the need arises.

Even if he does, he often won’t bond with that person as strongly as he did with his original owner.


The Korean Jindo will guard his home and family to the death. He is suspicious of strangers, so he makes a good watchdog.

The Korean military uses this breed as guard dogs.


The Jindo is also well known for his bravery. A Korean legend tells the tale of a pack of 3 Jindos that took down a Siberian tiger.

They will usually move forward aggressively to meet a threat. After all, the Jindo’s job was to fight face-to-face with wild boar.


The Korean Jindo is very athletic and loves being active. He enjoys dog sporting activities and long walks. He needs a lot of exercises.


The Jindo was bred to be a hard-working hunting dog. He could walk miles without tiring and still take down a deer or a boar.

Because of his double coat, even cold weather doesn’t bother him. (But he doesn’t tolerate heat very well.)


The Jindo needs to be near his people and stays by their sides. If away from his owner for too long, he will become lonely and even depressed. You should not leave him home alone for long periods.


The Korean Jindo temperament is very territorial toward other dogs.


The Jindo wants to be the boss, so he needs a strong pack leader. Once he respects you as the leader, he will be obedient and easy to train.

This dominance makes it difficult for him to get along with other dogs. If you have other dogs in your home (especially another dominant dog), the Jindo may not be a good fit.

To make it work, you would need to be a very strong and patient leader. It would likely be a long, slow process, and dogfights are not unusual.

If you do have a second dog in the house, the Jindo does better with the opposite sex.

Intense Prey Instinct

Because the Korean Jindo is a natural hunter, there may be no way to stop him from chasing small animals. He is not a good choice for homes with smaller pets.

You probably wouldn’t want to let this dog off leash. The Korean Jindo temperament is to run off and chase anything that catches his attention.

Escape Artist

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