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Chinook Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chinook so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Sled Dogs
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OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Chinook have? The dog breed also known as...
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group
Is Chinook recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2013 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Chinook recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chinook breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.North American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Rare Breed Association
How much does the Chinook puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Chinook price:
If you choose to purchase the Chinook, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chinook for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chinook gets to a happy place.

Chinook History

The Chinook’s origin story is can be traced back with absolute certainty. An experienced Arctic explorer, named Arthur Walden, cross-bred a Siberian Husky female specimen with a large Mastiff-type dog in 1917, in Wonalancelot, North Hampshire.

This mating produced multiple healthy puppies, one of which, a larger male, showed the characteristics and traits of power, and great stamina, that Walden initially hoped to achieve. Walden then named this male specimen ‘Chinook’, and he is the one who became the forefather of the entire breed that we know today. Later, Chinook was mixed with several other breeds, including the Canadian Eskimo Dog, the Belgian Shepherd, and the German Shepherd. Female specimens were added to the mix for refining and developing the sled-dog capabilities, and male specimens were added in order to further develop strength, courage, and stamina. These characteristics were required and demanded by the explorers of that time. Walden’s breeding program quickly got renowned and popular; thus, he was invited to join Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expedition of 1928. The original Chinook was part of the team during this expedition. Admiral Byrd’s travels were overall considered as a success, however, a terrible tragedy has happened; Chinook, who was 12 years old by that time, has wandered off into the wilderness, and was never found. Interestingly, the Chinook trail was named in honor of Chinook, which led to the dog’s original hometown in New Hampshire.

After Walden died, the Chinook breeding program’s control was passed on through a series of successions, through individual breeders. The most reputable breeders were Eva and Milton Seeley and Julia Lombard. Then, Honey and Perry Greene took over the breeding program, and eventually, they became the only people who bred the breed. However, over time, without a constant breeding program, the Chinook’s population numbers started to decrease. Consequently, their numbers dwindled too much, they became the world’s rarest breed, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Before the 1980s, it is believed that only 28 specimens remained from the Chinook breed, and only 11 of them were sexually intact and of breeding age, worldwide. Nevertheless, fortunately, in 1981, multiple breeders and breed enthusiasts started a program to revive and save the breed from the brink of extinction. Thankfully, the efforts they made were successful, yet the Chinook is still considered to be a rare breed. Today, there are only 800 registered specimens, with approximately 100 puppies being born each year. This means a great uncertainty about the breed’s future prospects.

Regarding their recognition, both the AKC (American Kennel Club) and the UKC (United Kennel Club) registered the Chinook.  Later, the Chinook was also named the Official State Dog of New Hampshire. Chinooks today are mostly kept as athletic, powerful, and active family companions. The breed is thought to be excellent around people, for the reason that it enjoys being a part of a pack or a family.

Chinook General Appearance

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Chinook size:
How much does the Chinook weigh? Chinook weight:
Male: 70 pounds (32 kg), Female: 55 pounds (25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Chinook? Chinook average weight:
Male: 70 pounds (32 kg), Female: 55 pounds (25 kg)
How tall is the Chinook? Chinook height:
Male: 23-27 inches (58-69 cm), Female: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Chinook average height:
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Chinook Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Chinook have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chinook's coat?
How to groom the Chinook and how often?
Average: The Chinook requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Chinook, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Chinook dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Shinook? Chinook shedding level:
Chinooks shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Chinook Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Chinook have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chinook? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Chinook obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are Chinook dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chinooks are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Chinook is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chinook sensitivity:
Chinooks don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Chinooks are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Shinook need? Chinook social needs:
Chinooks are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Chinook dogs bark a lot? Why does my Shinook bark?
Average: The Chinook barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Chinook good as a watchdog?
Chinooks are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Chinooks will alert you if they sense something different.
Do Chinook dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Chinooks can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Chinook bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Shinook? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chinook? Why do dog bites happen?
The Chinook has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chinook do?
Chinooks have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chinooks need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chinook to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chinook roam?
Chinooks tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chinook have high prey drive?
Chinooks have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chinook good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Chinooks are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Chinooks adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Chinooks do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Chinook dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chinook Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Chinooks are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Chinook dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chinook and children:
Chinooks are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chinook dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Chinooks are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Chinook good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chinook dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Chinooks are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Chinooks good office dogs? Do Chinooks make good office friendly dogs? Can Chinooks be office dogs?
Chinook is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chinook dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Shinook temperament with senior people? Are Chinook dogs good for elderly owners?
Chinooks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chinook dogs get along with other pets? Are Chinook dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chinooks are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chinook breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Chinooks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chinook be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Chinook is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chinook be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Chinook is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chinook be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Chinook is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chinook be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Chinook is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chinook be a boat dog?
Not really
Chinook breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chinook be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Chinook is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Chinook Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Chinook dogs have health problems?
The Chinook is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Chinook breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chinook breed? Health risks of Chinook:
BloatCataractsHip DysplasiaSeizuresSkin Irritation
Life Expectancy
How long do Chinook dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Chinook be?
12-15 years
Is the Chinook breed hypoallergenic?
Chinooks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chinook have?
Chinooks have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Chinook dogs require per day?
Chinooks need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Chinooks sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Chinook need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chinook risk for obesity:
Average. The Chinook has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chinook's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Chinook can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Chinook has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Chinook drool?
The Chinook is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Chinook could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Chinook. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chinook Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Chinook: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Chinook have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chinook have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Chinook Pros & Cons

  • Drooling tendency: The Chinook is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Chinooks are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Chinooks tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Chinooks adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Chinooks are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chinooks are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Chinooks don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Chinooks do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Chinook is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chinooks are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Chinook Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Rain Mountain Chinooks

    Jul 12, 2020, 10:21:49 PM:

    I've bred Chinooks for over 30 years. This website has no idea what Chinooks are actually like. For example, they are NOT good watchdogs. Go to chinook.org or rainmountain.net for the real info on the breed.

  • hudson

    Mar 19, 2020, 10:53:22 PM:

    Excellent with children and people that owner approves. Great watch dog . gets along with other dogs and cats. will defend itself but usually won't start fights