Tuesday, June 1, 2010
It's a Jindo Thing
Toby "touch me not" is a Korean Jindo who hit the jackpot the day he was adopted into the loving home of Carrie Bruse. She had remarked that Toby was not the typical beloved family dog who endeared himself by making friends with everyone he encountered. He is a dog that is wary of strangers and probably has the reputation of being a bit aloof; But make no mistake: He would fight to the death to protect his beloved owner.
Jindos may not have the cuddle factor that many other breeds display but they are incredibly loyal to their family or "pack" and seem enamored with whomever they choose to be their master. Some Jindos are so dedicated that even when let loose at the local dog park they opt to stand quietly next to their owner instead of partaking in the typical canine festivities. They seem to display a constant state of alertness, with ears erect and darting forward and nose in the air, processing a multitude of scents that can often lead them astray. Understanding the average Jindo prey drive and desire to expand territory is often expressed by a need to escape or wander. Considering these dogs were bred to hunt various game it's a challenge to imagine how all of these primitive behaviors can translate into a perfect house pet. How can anyone expect to adopt such a wild dog into their peaceful home?
Adaptation is probably the most practical trait that may be the deciding factor in the future of this curious breed. Although Jindos need plentiful exercise and crave interaction, you don't need several acres or a rural property to house a Jindo. These dogs are highly adaptable and can be perfectly content nestled in their fleece lined dog bed next to your futon. Daily walks and play sessions are a crucial part of keeping your dog happy, so why not check out your local Metro Parks? A Jindo is the perfect fitness buddy that will never call to cancel or lag behind on that last lap around the block; Sure he may not be that dedicated Lab that brings you the paper every morning, but I guarantee he'll greet you with equal excitement and plentiful kisses every time you walk through the door. Adopting a Jindo can be a wonderful experience and you'd be surprised how much you'll learn about yourself when bonding with this rare breed from Korea. Take advantage of the useful resources around you and talk to other owners if you have questions about the breed. After all, people who actually own these dogs can offer a great deal of insight and will be glad to share their love of Jindos with you. Then when your Jindo greets you with excessive kisses and wolf-like howls you won't panic because you'll know it's a Jindo thing!