Welcome to Hyungwon Kang's Jindo Dog Page

 
Six-month old Jindo dog named Roger. Photo © Hyungwon Kang

In the next several pages, I have put together an introduction to the Korean Jindo dog that is not well known in the English speaking world.

DNA analysis study confirms what we have known all along. Korean dogs are closer to coyotes and wolves than any other breeds. 
Full study published here: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0188676
“Genome-wide analysis of the diversity and ancestry of Korean dogs” (By: Bong Hwan Choi, Hasini I. Wijayananda, Soo Hyun Lee, Doo Ho Lee, Jong Seok Kim, Seok Il Oh, Eung Woo Park, Cheul Koo Lee, Seung Hwan Lee.) 


Since I first reported on the breed in the Los Angeles Times in 1994, I have been answering individual questions from people who somehow heard about the breed. I had planned to publish the first English book on the breed and had embarked on the project. With my personal responsibility at home growing, I've postponed the publishing of the book for now, but have put together this Jindo web site with text and photos. 

Since my first research into Jindo dogs, I have reported on the other well known Korean breed Korean Sapsaree dogs, whose name means "the dogs that ward off evil spirits or misfortune" is a fiercely loyal dogs brought back from extinction by Dr. Ha Ji-Hong, a U.S.-educated geneticist. Dr. Ha since was able to pull what was thought to be extinct Korean breed Korean dog breed Badugee (more later)

I had opportunity to see Poongsan-gae in North Korea during my trip to North Korea in 1995. 

A Poongsan dog in Pyongyang, North Korea. © Hyungwon Kang

I am hopeful that modern DNA research will enable us to see many ancient breeds out of Korea, thought to be extinct after such violent and difficult 20th century on Korean peninsula, which has treasure trove of records of ancient human settlements. Scientists recently confirmed that world's oldest rice was discovered in Korea. Scientists have found the oldest known domesticated rice. The handful of 15,000-year-old burnt grains was discovered by archaeologists in Korea. 

I hope you find the Jindo page informative and educational. Feel free to send me your impressions and questions. Please understand that I won't be able to reply to all your email but I promise I will read all of them.

Jindo Gae Man-Sei!

Hyungwon Kang
March 1997, updated in May 2018.

**editor's note: These pages were originally published on www.kang.org (http://www.kang.org/Jindo.html) from 1995.

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