||Jindo dogs are named after Jindo Island in the southwest of the Korean Peninsula. It is
said that this island used to be a place where Korean Kings
exiled educated people who were against the Korean government. Under Korean National Law in 1938, the Jindo
dog is protected as the 53rd Natural Monument. In other words, they are
considered as one of Koreanís National Treasures. Exporting Jindos out of Korea
was prohibited, however Korean-Americans have been bringing Jindos to America
since mid 1980. The United
Kennel Club recognized the Jindo on
January 1, 1998.
It is believed that the Jindo dogs were resulted from crosses
between indigenous Korean dogs and dogs brought by the Mongols during their 13th
century invasion of Korea. The Korean King surrendered but some of his armies
withdrew to Jindo Island, off the southern coast of Korea, where they continued
to fight. The soldiers' dogs ended up isolated on Jindo Island, where they
developed a very pure strain.
The Jindos are
renowned for their outstanding hunting ability, due
to their courage, cunning, and pack sensibility.
They have mainly been used as deer and boar hunters.
In traditional Korean hunting without guns, a pack
of well trained Jindos was extremely valuable. A
master with a loyal pack could hunt without much
trouble at all, for when the pack brings down a
deer, boar or other target, one of them returns to
the master to lead him to the prey, while the others
stand guard against scavengers.