Standard Kennel Club Jindo
Korean Jindo kennel

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Standard for the Korean Jindo

Introductory Paragraph

A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the kennel Club website for details of any such current issues. If a feature of quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure.

General Appearance

The Korean Jindo is of medium size, well balanced, muscled and agile with erect ears and curled or sickle tail.


Keen expression, showing strength, alertness, yet dignified. Originally used for hunting and guarding


Spirited, brave, with strong hunting instinct. Loyal to their owner

Head and skull

Of medium size in proportion with body. When viewed from above head forms blunt triangle with coarseness. Free of wrinkle, well defined stop but not abrupt. Slightly furrow extending towards forehead. Muzzle, straight of moderate depth. Cheeks dry, moderate rounded. Ideal ratio length from nose to stop is to length from stop to occiput as 4 is to 6. Lips tight and black, in white dogs flesh colour is permissible on nose and lips.


Relatively small, almond, obliquely set well apart, dark brown, clear and gleaming. Slightly wild expression


Medium triangular, thick and perfectly erect. Set neither high or low inclining slightly forward in line with the back of the neck. Inside ears fine dense texture of coat is desirable.


Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. I.e., upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Slightly arched, medium length, thick and muscular, free of dew lap


Shoulders, strong, powerful, moderate laid back. Elbows set close to the body. Forelegs straight and parallel when viewed from the front. Pasterns slightly sloping.


Slightly longer then height at withers, firmly muscled loin. Firm level back, ribs well sprung, well developed brisket, moderate tuck up.


Strong and muscular, well developed thighs, moderate turn of stifle. Hocks strong with only moderate angulation, well let down, turning neither in or out


Thick cat like, very tight. Pads thick and well cushioned turning neither in or out. Nails strong black preferred. De-w claws on hind legs customarily removed.


When let down, tip of the tail should reach the hock. High set, stands straight and firm should not sway when dog moves. Sickle shaped or rolled, not to curled. Profusely feathered in balance with body.


Resilient and vigorous with strides of moderate length at the trot back remains firm and level. Should never pace. Head carried high, when pace increases head is sometimes carried low, almost at level of shoulders.


Outer coat coarse, straight and standing off body with soft dense under coat. Coat at neck, withers and rump slightly longer then rest of body. Hair on tail and thighs more profuse.


Red and red/fawn may have faint markings on muzzle, cheeks, chest, belly and back                     

White may have gold tinges on ears and shinbones                                                                     

Black & Tan, tan markings restricted to spot over each eye, cheeks, inside of ears, legs and tail


Height Males    19-21 inches (48-53cm)         ideal 20 inches (51cm)

  Bitches  18-20 inches (46-51cm)         ideal 19 inches (48cm)


Any departure from the forgoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in proportion to its degree.


Male animals should have 2 apparently testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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