Chinook Dog

Chinook Dog


Chinook Dog At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States

Breed Group:

AKC (Working)


Medium. Weight: Male: 70; Female: 55 lbs. Height: Male: 23-27; Female: 21-25 inches


Double-coated. Dense, coarse, medium in length.


Tawny to Reddish Gold

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Admiral Richard Byrd went on his first expedition to Antarctica with 16 Chinooks!

Chinook Dog Overview

Developed in 1917 in New Hampshire by Arthur Treadwell Walden, the Chinook Dog was primarily used as a sled dog. The Chinook breed is powerful and capable of pulling heavy sleds over long distances. This extremely hard working breed nearly became extinct and today it is estimated that there are only 500 in existence. The breed is considered to be rare and is difficult to obtain.


Chinook Dog Characteristics

A distinctive American breed, the Chinook has a dignified demeanor, keen nature and athletic build. This dog breed has a smooth and graceful movement, and a gregarious character. The breed tends to be slow to mature.


Chinook Dog Temperament

This dog breed is loyal, clever, calm and friendly. The Chinook is excellent with children, other dogs and non-canine pets. This dog breed is somewhat cautious of unfamiliar surroundings and strangers, but is never aggressive or timid. The breed is reliable, versatile, devoted and tolerant. This dog breed is an excellent worker and family companion. The breed is not recommended for watchdog purposes as they are not prone to bark. This breed is sensitive and do not like to be left alone for extended periods.

Irish Terrier


Chinook Dog Care

The Chinook requires minimal grooming as the coat practically takes care of itself. Weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush will minimize loose and dead hair is recommended. Health problems associated with this breed include eye abnormalities, skin problems, hip dysplasia, seizures and cryptorchidism.


Chinook Dog Coat

This dog breed has a double coat. The outer coat of the Chinook is dense, coarse, of medium length, and lies close to the body. The under coat is soft and dense. The hair on the neck, chest and tail is more profuse. The breed is a heavy shedder.


Chinook Dog Training

This dog breed is intelligent and keen to please. Early socialization and obedience training are recommended for the Chinook. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training should be performed with respect, firmness, fairness and consistency.


Chinook Activity

This dog breed is not suited to city or apartment living. The Chinook does best with a securely fenced yard. They do not require an above average amount of exercise. The Chinook excels at carting, sled pulling, packing, search and rescue,agility and fly ball.

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