Chinook Dog Breed

This breed is fond of children and gets along well with other dogs.
By: PawCulture Editors
Chinook dogs running outside

The Chinook was bred as a sled dog for drafting and sled dog racing in New Hampshire.

Physical Characteristics

COLOR(S)

Tawny

COAT

Chinooks are double coated and require regular bathing and brushing. They also shed seasonally.

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL

High

POSITIVES

They are especially fond of children and get along well with other dogs. They are playful, highly trainable, and adaptable.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

Chinooks do not make good outdoor pets and also require regular exercise, which can include activities such as backpacking, skijoring, sledding, jogging and hiking with their families.

Care

IDEAL LIVING SITUATION

With regular exercise and walking, a Chinook will live happily in anything from an apartment to a large house. Isolation from humans for too long, however, has been known to cause separation anxiety in this breed.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Chinooks require little to no grooming.

Health

The following conditions occur in small percentages in Chinooks:

  • Eye Abnormalities
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hormonal Skin Problems
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Seizures and Spondylosis

Generally, however, the breed tends to be hearty and healthy.

History and Background

The Chinook Breed was developed by Polar Explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900’s on his farm in Wanalancet New Hampshire.