Back in 2011 the LAPD rejected Jindos as police dogs for the cutest of reasons. Apparently, these dogs of Korean origin were just too independent, playful, and affectionate for tasks such as crowd control, or drug sniffing. The LAPD did say that the dogs’ performance was good during training but they were easily distracted and inconsistent in real situations. This is probably because humans domesticated Jindos as hunting dogs between 12,000 to 25,000 years ago.
Jindos Make Good Household Pets
Hailing from Korea, this breed of medium sized and well-proportioned dogs may be prone to roam and bolt but they are loyal, watchful, and intelligent. A well trained Jindo dog is very respectful inside the home, and can easily live in small spaces such as apartments because of their medium size. For example, they do not get onto the furniture unless they are invited, and they rarely get themselves dirty.
Jindos are light eaters which means it is not easy for them to get overweight easily, but it is recommended that you take a Jindo dog out for a 30 minute walk every day. However, if you are concerned that your Jindo dog is not gaining weight, consult a veterinarian. All you may have to worry about is the fact that these dogs shed twice a year which is not a difficult issue to deal with.
What Do They Eat?
Just like other dogs, Jindos require a well-rounded diet but they need extra protein because they are more active than most dogs. Apart from protein, their diet should also be rich in carbohydrates and easily absorbed fats. The best sources of protein for your Jindo are chicken and fish, and foods like finely ground corn and barley are a great source of carbohydrates.
Ground barley and corn are a source of quick energy and also help your dog’s digestive system. Make sure you stay with medium or small dog kibble to protect your dog’s teeth. You should also add warm water to the kibble to make it easier for your Jindo. If your Jindo dog is a picky eater, add shaved peas or carrots and a little bit of cheese to their kibble to make the food more enticing.
Jindos Make Great Guard Dogs
Some Jindo dogs are extremely picky when it comes to what they eat, but they all have one thing in common, they make great guard dogs. Generally they don’t bark unnecessarily but they will alert you when there is an intruder. Jindos can distinguish between 30,000 different people, which means they will know all your friends or frequent visitors, and will mostly bark at strangers.
Korean Jindos are very intelligent, loyal, and they adapt well to their surroundings whether you live in a cramped apartment or a home with a yard. Just know that like the LAPD found out, these dogs are not easy to train.