Male Height (typical): 58-69 cm. (23-27 inches)
Female Height (typical): 53-64 cm. (21-25 inches)
Size: Small – Medium
Male Weight (typical): 25-41 kg. (55-90 pounds)
Female Weight (typical): 25-41 kg. (55-90 pounds)
Country of Origin: United States
Exercise Required: Daily long walks.
Expected Life Span: 10 – 15 Years
Best suited as: Working Dog, Family Pet
Description – The Chinook is a moderately sized animal with a fairly muscular frame, which allows it to be a very strong and agile dog, well suited for outdoor work. The dog enjoys a two-layer coat that protects it from the elements and the cold. The inner coat is soft and furry in contrast to the more durable outer coat. In warmer climates this coat will be thinner to accommodate the heat and allow the dog to maintain a comfortable body temperature. The Chinook has almond shaped eyes that are typically brown in color and flexible ears that can be pricked when something has caught its attention.
Origin & History – The Chinook was originally bred to be a working dog that was primarily used to pull sleds in the northern climates of the United States. Because of this, the breed became very popular with owners assembling a sled team due to the dog’s stamina and strength. This specialization has also caused the dog some problems over the years since they were not originally viewed as pets and failed to gain popularity outside of the sled community. The breed had actually dwindled in numbers significantly over the years, almost to the point of extinction. In fact around 1980 there were less than 20 of these animals left to breed and the current population of dogs originated from these animals. Most modern Chinooks are less adapted to extreme cold and pulling sleds but make fine pets. They are very social animals that seek the companionship of a family and will thrive with a moderate amount of attention.
Temperament – This breed is a very gentle and dedicated animal with amazing stamina. Because of its tenacity and endurance it can be taught to help with a wide range of activities. In addition to being an excellent sled dog, it has also been used for search and rescue as well as other carting activities. It makes a great pet and is always willing to please. Its gentle disposition makes the Chinook a perfect family companion that is great around other dogs. It is also a communal animal that isn’t aggressive around other animals due to its pack temperament.
Exercise & Grooming – Because of its muscular frame and stamina, the Chinook requires a moderate amount of exercise. Typically a daily walk will be enough to keep the dog healthy with occasional outings that are longer in duration. The dog is very social and will enjoy spending time with the family but can also entertain itself when returning home from its walk. The Chinook is fine for most apartments as long as it gets adequate exercise and isn’t a barking dog that you’ll have to worry about upsetting the neighbors.
Health Concerns – In general, the Chinook is a healthy breed that can live a long life with the proper care. There are a few heath concerns that are specific to the breed but their incidence has been minimized over the years through breeding. These conditions may include hip dysplasia if the dog is made to pull too heavy a sled or worked too hard. There may also be certain genetic skin conditions and eye abnormalities that can occur in the breed in a very small percentage of the population. Most of these problems can be avoided if the dog is found through a reputable breeder and can also be treated successfully in the Chinook if they do eventually occur.
Chinook Organisations in Australia
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Chinook Organisations in the UK
Chinook Rodeo Association
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