The Chinook is a working breed that was developed by an American explorer and dog enthusiast named Arthur Treadwell Walden. Originally from New Hampshire, Walden became a well-known dogsled driver and racer in Alaska. He acquired a Husky cross that he named “Chinook.”
Chinook inspired Warner to create a new American sled dog breed, which he did. He returned to New Hampshire and located husky-type dogs with strength, speed and good temperaments.
He bred his first litter in 1917, and named the best puppy after his former favorite. This second Chinook is the founding sire of the breed.
Gentleness and non-aggression are his hallmarks. Most will bark to announce visitors, but that's the extent of their guarding inclination.
If you want a dog who...
- Is medium to large, natural-looking, strong and athletic
- Has a handsome thick coat in earthtone shades
- Comes in a variety of builds, sizes, coats, and ear types
- Has a true working heritage and thrives on exercise and athletic activities
If you don't want to deal with...
- Providing a goodly amount of exercise
- Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
- Destructiveness when bored or not exercised enough
- Shyness or fearfulness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
Appearance & Grooming of the Chinook Dog Breed: Chinooks stand from 22 to 26 inches tall, and typically weigh between 55 and 90 pounds.
Their heavy coats should be brushed several times a week, especially if shedding becomes a problem in the home. They don’t require frequent bathing, unless they get especially dirty.
The Chinook Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is gentle and affectionate.
They get along well with children and other dogs and are neither aggressive nor timid.
Providing enough socialization. Standoffish by nature, Chinooks need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness, which is difficult to live with.