Fun Facts About Chinook

The Chinook is a rare breed and was developed initially for dog sledding, pulling, and hauling. Chinooks are athletic and love to run on the trail or snuggle with their owners.

The dog is a real American Dog bred who stands at 23 – 25 inches at the shoulder and can weigh up to 80 pounds.

Chinooks have tremendous energy, yet they would much rather lay on the couch in a patch of sun.


The Chinook is the official state dog of New Hampshire. It was developed in the 1900s at the foot of the White Mountains. It is one of the few pure American dog breeds.

The original breed of Chinook was developed by Arthur Treadwell Walden, who created the breed to combine the freighting power of a sled dog breed with the speed of sled racing dog. These tawny-colored dogs are fast and robust and reputed to have great stamina. They are also gentle and friendly.

Walden returned to New Hampshire after prospecting in the goldfields of Alaska. He first bred a mastiff-type canine to a northern husky, and they produced three golden puppies. One of the puppies had all the qualities Walden sought, and he named the puppy Chinook.

Chinook was an excellent lead dog for Walden. Chinook, the dog, was later bred to a pair of German and Belgian shepherd working dogs, and the breed was founded. The United Kennel Club recognizes Chinooks.

Chinook was a team member of Admiral Byrd’s 1927 expedition to the South Pole. Chinooks have broken records in the distance, time, and load weights on Artic and Alaskan expeditions. Chinook was an awesome sled for Admiral Byrd, and he died on Admiral Byrd’s expedition.

Fortunately, a neighbor of Walden’s had three dogs who were sired by Chinook, and she began breeding these dogs. In 1940 20 Chinooks were sold to the Perrys who keep the breeding program alive. These dogs are still exceedingly rare, however, and very few breeders specialize in raising Chinooks.


The Chinook is classified as a large dog. He is usually yellowish-brown-colored and has floppy ears or maybe ears that stand up like a German Shepherd’s. Their coat is medium length and has a coarse outer coat and a thick, soft undercoat. Some Chinooks have light honey-colored coats to reddish-gold coats.

There are black markings on the inside corners of their eyes, and they may have black markings on their ears and muzzle. The long tail hangs down for the most part. They are incredibly good looking dogs, and owners are proud to have them.


Chinooks are pack dogs and consider a family to be their ‘pack’. They hate being left alone and will destroy your furniture if no one is watching them. When left alone outside, Chinooks dig under fences or dig vast and deep holes in the lawn.

Chinooks have a particular devotion for children, but they are willing to please and learn. The Chinook is trainable, adaptable, and versatile. Chinooks are gregarious with other dogs.

The dog breed is also a superior breed, which means they may be a bit reserved with strangers. Seldom are Chinooks aggressive toward people.

Chinooks are gentle and friendly but somewhat reserved around strangers. They tend to roam, so they need to be kept in a fenced yard. They love other dogs and children but are not watchdogs.

Chinooks are somewhat shy, and they do not bark much. The Chinook often communicates by making ‘woo-woo’ sounds, much like an Alaskan Malamute.

Keep your Chinook exercised. They are active dogs and long to go hiking, jogging, and running with their masters. Be aware that your Chinook is highly intelligent and needs professional training as soon as possible. They do respond well to training since they love to please.


The Chinook’s coat is a double coat and can get very think depending on where they live. They do shed quickly, and weekly brushing is necessary.

Do not bathe your Chinook often; they only need a bath every six months. Two times a year, your Chinook will go through a shedding period known as ‘a blowing coat’. This shedding lasts about three weeks, and you will need to brush your dog more as they shed.

Nails overgrow, so trim their nails every week. Although the Chinook is active, they will live quite happily in an apartment.


Chinooks are usually healthy, but like all dogs can have health issues. Some Chinooks may be excessively shy, have eye abnormalities, hip dysplasia, mono-bilateral cryptorchidism, and skin problems. These diseases occur in only a small percentage of the population.

Enjoy your Chinook for 10-15 years, and if you want puppies, the litter size can range from 6-10 puppies.

Working life

Chinooks are a working breed. Strong physically and mentally, these dogs were bred to be sled dogs, and they are still used for this purpose by some owners. Today Chinooks are family pets but can be used for dog-packing, search and rescue, and agility trials.

The Chinook is athletic and will be a great companion to go on a hike or a run through the park. The breed does not like to play fetch; this can be boring to the Chinook.

The Chinook is not a watchdog. If a burglar were to pet your Chinook, the dog would probably help the robber take away your valuables. Would a Chinook protect you? Their size might be a deterrent and they probably would not bite an intruder. They would be more apt just to sniff and turn away.


Chinooks are brilliant dogs and quick to learn. These dogs are a bit stubborn and pushy, so you do need to use consistent training. Chinooks are also known to be very smart and will expect many treats as they are trained.

They are excellent dogs in other sports that include obedience. Chinooks can be therapy and service dogs.

The Chinook is rare to find. Not many breeders are registered in the United States. Chinooks excel at pulling sleds, but they are excellent family dogs.

The Chinook is gorgeous with its thick, double coat, dark eyes, saber-shaped tail, and perky tall, or floppy ears or one of each.

They will be an excellent addition to your family and give you loyalty for many years.

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