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.





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