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Chinook Dog Breed

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015


The Chinook is a working breed that was developed by an American explorer and dog enthusiast named Arthur Treadwell Walden. Originally from New Hampshire, Walden became a well-known dogsled driver and racer in Alaska. He acquired a Husky cross that he named “Chinook.” Chinook inspired Warner to create a new American sled dog breed, which he did. He returned to New Hampshire and located husky-type dogs with strength, speed and good temperaments. He bred his first litter in 1917, and named the best puppy after his former favorite. This second Chinook is the founding sire of the breed. Chinooks are powerful, large, well- balanced animals that can pull heavy loads while still maintaining speed. They have thick, close-fitting golden coats and are friendly, smart and loyal. Because they were bred to work in teams, Chinooks usually get along quite well with other dogs. They are particularly good around children. Today’s Chinook makes a wonderful pet for active owners who enjoy spending lots of time with their dog in the out-of-doors.

Chinook Dog Breed Quick Facts

  • Adaptability
  • Affection Level
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Barking Tendencies
  • Cat Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Exercise Need
  • Grooming Needs
  • Health Issues
  • Intelligence
  • Playfulness
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