Chinook

Personality:Patient, smart, willing to please; a devoted family dog

Coat & Grooming:The thick double coat, typical of cold-weather breeds, requires regular brushing to minimize shedding

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Not particularly busy dogs, but they need consistent exercise to stay in proper hard condition

Originally: United States

Nicknames: None

Size: Large

Meet the Chinook

​At a glance you know Chinooks weren’t built for lying on the sofa watching General Hospital with Grandma. These tawny-coated, no-frills workers are muscular and substantial, with males standing as high as 26 inches at the shoulder. Females, with their distinctly feminine look, are a bit smaller. Chinooks were conceived as dual-purpose haulers, with the power of freighting dogs and the speed of sled racers. They’re the picture of stouthearted dignity, with a kindly twinkle in their dark almond eyes.

What's Their Story?

​The Chinook was founded by sled-driver and explorer Arthur Walden, of Wonalancet, New Hampshire, in the years before World War I. As his foundation stock, Walden used a mastiff-type dog and descendants of one of Admiral Peary’s Greenland huskies. The pups he bred were admired for their all-around sledding ability and a friendly, affectionate nature. Walden named the breed after Chinook, the lead dog of his sled team. This dog was the breed’s granddaddy and the one to which all Chinooks trace their lineage.

What are they Like?

​It’s amazing that dogs this smart and lovable were once on the verge of extinction. Happily, the Chinook was brought back from near oblivion by devotees who cherished the breed’s many virtues. They’re calm, people-oriented dogs with a special feel for children. Chinooks are trainable, eager workers who aim to please. Sledding, carting, obedience, agility, search-and-rescue work, and herding are a few pursuits they’ve mastered. Still a pretty rare breed, Chinooks aren’t easy to come by. But their fans say they’re worth the search.

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