The sweet, sporty Chinook has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Chinook is one of the only dog breeds native to the United States. A New Hampshire-based farmer by the name of Arthur Walden is credited with developing the breed. Walden owned a dog by the name of Chinook that was born in 1917 to a Northern Husky and Mastiff/Saint Bernard mix. Chinook was an outstanding sled dog with lots of energy and power, as well as a very friendly disposition. Walden decided to mix Chinook and his offspring with the German Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog, Canadian Eskimo dog and others to further refine the breed. The resulting dogs were eventually named the Chinook in honor of their original sire.
The Chinook weighs 50 to 90 pounds and measures 22 to 26 inches.
The Chinook is a moderate shedder but blows their coat twice a year in the spring and fall. The Chinook’s thick double coat should be brushed daily and bathed when necessary. Like all dogs, the Chinook also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Chinook is affable and dependable.
The Chinook sticks close to their family and is often been referred to as a “Velcro dog.” The Chinook is very loyal and loving. They want nothing more than to be included in their family’s activities. Without enough attention and interaction, the Chinook can become bored, lonely and destructive.
The Chinook is very gentle and docile, although they are known to whine and woo when excited. Chinooks are great with children. They are even-tempered and patient. They also get along well with other dogs and pets. Chinooks are aloof with strangers, although they are friendly and not at all aggressive with them.
The Chinook is a highly intelligent dog that learns quickly. The Chinook likes to work and wants to work. They are easily trained with kindness and positive reinforcement. With proper training, Chinooks can excel at rally, agility and weight pulling
Chinooks need early socialization to help them overcome any shyness. As part of their training, the Chinook should also be leash trained. Chinooks were bred to pull sleds and can pull when being walked.
The Chinook is a working dog that thrives on lots of exercise. The Chinook should have a long daily walk and plenty of time and room to run. They also make good jogging and hiking partners. As long as they have enough exercise, Chinooks are laid back and quiet in the home.