The Chinook was bred as a sled dog for drafting and sled dog racing in New Hampshire.
Chinooks are double coated and require regular bathing and brushing. They also shed seasonally.
Personality and Temperament
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.
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.
Chinooks require little to no grooming.
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.