Chinook Dog breed information
Description: The Chinook is a muscular compact dog that is a sled dog and is gentle. The head is wrinkle-free and has a furrow.
The muzzle is powerful and the teeth meet in a scissor bite. The lips are black. The nose has wide nostrils and is large, this is black in color.
The eyes are almond in shape and are medium in size, the color of the eyes are brown in color but you can have amber color as well. The eye rims are dark in color.
The ears are bendable and some are pricked up. These are triangular in shape set high on the head. The body is well balanced with a deep chest. The muscles are prominent.
The feet are oval and compact with well-arched toes and are covered in fur. The tail is thick at the base and tapers to a point. This hangs down to the hock when in movement the tail is carried up.
The weight of the Chinook is 70 pounds in the dog and55 pounds in the bitch. The height of the dog is 23-27 inches and the bitch is 21-25 inches. This dog has a double coat of medium length.
The undercoat is thick and soft, with the outer coat being coarse, lying flat to the body. The color is tawny. Life expectancy is 10-15 years.
History: The Chinook comes from one dog and this was owned by Arthur Walden in 1917, he was an explorer and author.
This was on his farm in New Hampshire and was one of three pups born to a Northern Husky female and one of the dogs on the Peary North Pole team of a mixed breed.
These new dogs were great sled dogs, not looking anything like the parents. This led to the Chinook breed who inherited the characteristics of the first pups.
In 1900 the Chinook set records for running time, distance and loads. They have carried on being bred through small dedicated fans of the breed.
In the 1980s this breed nearly went extinct with only 12 breeding dogs. Now they are more companion dog than the sled dog that they were bred for but some are still pulling sleds today.
There are stringent guidelines and cross-breeding going on today to bring the Chinook up to purebred status.
Temperament: The Chinook needs to have a job to do, whatever that may be. Their job can be in obedience or agility.
They can work in a team or on their own. This is an intelligent dog that can cope well with children, even if not raised with them but bringing them up together is best.
Socialize them well to be able to get on with strangers and new situations. The Chinook comes from working dogs and this needs to be reflected in the amount of walking this dog does, to get some of their energy out.
They are loyal and will want to be with the owner wherever you are going. This breed needs to know that the owner is the alpha and you must be a good pack leader.
Using calm but authoritative leadership works best for the Chinook. They are good with noncanine pets.
This is not the dog for a meek owner as this breed will soon see that they can be in charge, of you and the house.
Here is a smart dog that just needs to be told what you want and they will do their best to do it.
Health issues: These can be hip dysplasia, eye problems, seizures, spondylosis, and hormonal skin problems.
Check that the breeder has had the Chinooks’ health checked and all breeding dogs have a full health certificate for hips and eyes.
Grooming: The amount of grooming seems to be different within the breed and some grooming will need to be done weekly whereas others need nearly daily grooming. The Chinook needs to be brushed through to remove all the dead hair.
Living conditions: The Chinook wants to be with the owner and does not make good outdoor dogs. They can live in an apartment if they have the right amount of exercise. They will like a medium-size garden with fencing.
If you can’t find a local breeder in your area don’t worry, many breeders are using major airlines like American, Delta, Continental and Northwest airlines for shipping their puppies.
At this time the airlines will ship puppies to the following states: Alabama AL – Alaska AK – Arizona AZ – Arkansas AR – California CA – Colorado CO – Connecticut CT – Delaware DE – Florida FL – Georgia GA – Hawaii HI – Idaho ID – Illinois IL – Indiana IN – Iowa IA – Kansas KS – Kentucky KY – Louisiana LA – Maine ME – Maryland MD – Massachusetts MA – Michigan MI – Minnesota MN – Mississippi MS – Missouri MO – Montana MT – Nebraska NE – Nevada NV – New Hampshire NH – New Jersey NJ – New Mexico NM – New York NY – North Carolina NC – North Dakota ND – Ohio OH – Oklahoma OK – Oregon OR – Pennsylvania PA – Rhode Island RI – South Carolina SC – South Dakota SD – Tennessee TN – Texas TX – Utah UT – Vermont VT – Virginia VA – Washington WA – Washington, D.C. – West Virginia WV – Wisconsin WI – Wyoming WY – Hawaii HI.