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Dog Breeds 101: Korean Jindo

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The alert and energetic Korean Jindo is often described to be full of life and energy. These dogs form strong bonds with their owners to the point that they forget their assigned tasks just to find their humans. They are affectionate to those they know but are aloof towards unfamiliar people. Due to their endless supply of energy, the Korean Jindo needs a lot of exercise to prevent undesirable behavior. [1]

The Jindo is a Spitz-type dog. It has a double coat that can come in the colors white, fawn, gray, black and tan and brindle also known as a “tiger” pattern. The breed has an average life span of 12 to 15 years. Jindos can grow up to 21 inches tall and weigh between 35 to 60 pounds. [2]

Korean Jindo dogs are prized for their courage and excellent hunting skills – there is even a legend of three Jindos that were able to kill a Siberian Tiger. Guns are not used in traditional Korean hunting so a pack of trained Jindos is very valuable. However, according to a 2009 interview with Korea Economic Daily, Bak Nam-sun, an expert dog handler in South Korea, Jindos are not fit to work in the military or in search and rescue. This is because the dogs get overly attached to their first handlers and will act on instinct to find them forgetting their designated assignments. Indeed, this is a very loyal breed. [2]

The exact origins of the breed remains a mystery but it is for certain that the dogs have been living in the Jindo province of Korea for many centuries. One of the most popular origin theory is that the dogs are descendants of the dogs that the Mongols brought to Korea. In 1962, the breed was declared Korea’s 53rd National Treasure. The first Jindos appeared in the United States in the 1980s and were only recognized by the United Kennel Club as an official dog breed in 1998. [3]

Dog Breeds 101: Bearded Collie

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The Bearded Collie (nicknamed Beardie) is a dog breed known for its intelligent and curious nature. Originally from Britain, the Beardie is a hit with children and one of the best dogs to have as a family pet. Before coming to America, the Bearded Collie spent some time in Scotland as a sheep and cattle herder. Today, Beardies are mostly bred for dog shows. [1]

Other names of the breed are Highland Collie, Mountain Collie, and Hairy Mou’ed Collie. The shaggy herding dogs have been around for centuries but how the Bearded Collie came to be remains a mystery because farmers back then didn’t keep breeding records. It is widely believed, however, that a merchant visiting Scotland sometime in the 1500s traded a pair of Polish Lowland Sheepdogs for other commodities. Those dogs might have been crossed with local sheepdogs to develop the Beardie. G.O. Willison was the person who is credited the development of the modern Bearded Collie. She bred Beardies for the show ring after World War II and also helped establish the Bearded Collie Club in Britain in 1955. The breed quickly gained popularity after the Kennel Club granted the breed show rights in 1959. [2]

According to the American Kennel Club’s 2015 yearly ranking, the Bearded Collie ranks 117 out of 175 breeds base on popularity. These dogs are the perfect pets for people who are willing to deal with their enthusiastic and bouncy nature. These dogs have long, luxurious hair and it needs to be brushed once a week to keep it free from mats. The loyal and friendly Bearded Collie can surely add years of enjoyment to any home because its antics are so entertaining to watch. These dogs also tend to be independent and as a result, training them is harder compared to other dog breeds. They get fed up rather quickly when training gets too repetitive. [3]

What Does Your Dog Breed Reveal About You?

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Did you know that studies have found connections between your personality and the type of dog you choose? For example, terrier owners are reported to be feisty, competitive, playful and have a great sense of humor.

We discovered a detailed page listing over 25 of the most popular breeds, together with a detailed analysis of traits that can be found in their owners.

What’s even more interesting is that in the comments (there are over 1,000 comments!!), the majority of people seem to agree with the analysis. So maybe there’s something in it after all! 😉

One dog type that was “conspicuous by its absence” was Dalmatian. Everyone loves a Dalmatian, why did they miss them out? 🙁

There are obviously more breeds of dog than the popular ones listed on the page…. but maybe the same can also be said about their owners… are you a rare breed of individual who considers yourself unusual and unique? Chances are you are one of the ones that go for a rare breed of dog!

One more thought – just for fun – have you ever noticed people that “look like their dogs”? Of course, they don’t have big teeth and a furry face, but it is often true that the way people carry themselves and the the way their dogs carry themselves are curiously similar. 🙂

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