After months of contemplating getting a dog in Korea, I decided it was time. I am attracted to larger breeds but they need to be raised with cats from a young age. On top of that, the dogs I’ve been looking at are from animal shelters so their behaviors towards cats are largely unknown. So, when a jindo had puppies, I decided I would claim one of the puppies. When we went to the shelter two weeks ago, we looked at the puppies and their parents. (The father was in a separate cage.)
Jindos are the native dogs of Korea. They are a hunting dog and nearly all all Koreans keep them as outdoor dogs. They tend to be very loyal, and with poor socialization, very aggressive towards strangers. So, I plan on making my puppy meet as many people as possible. I also intend on making her an indoor dog, which means that I have to play with her and/or walk with her more than once a day. Because my puppy is from a shelter, she’s not 100% jindo but she’s definitely a spitz-type dog. Look at the pictures of mom and dad…what do you think they’re mixed with? (Mom is at least 4kg larger than defined jindo weights.)
I went to the shelter last Sunday to pick her up. I was relieved to see that the shelter owner wanted us to take the smaller and shier of the two puppies. On the car ride home, she (the puppy) was incredibly scared and threw up once on the trip (not bad and I caught it with a puppy pad, so no mess!). When we stopped at a service area/rest stop, she was very afraid of all the noise and the people and when I took (carried) her to a non-concrete area, she tried to hide under a bush.
I decided to name her 수정 (Sue Jung), which it means Crystal. It’s perfect because the puppy’s mother’s name is Crystal. ^^ So far she has great behavior: minimal whining, barks very rarely when playing, pees either outside or her pee pads, and she loves her crate. Her only problem is she eats things she’s not supposed to!!!