Chinook Dog



Arthur Treadwell Walden bred breed called Chinook in 1917 in New Hampshire. The main purpose of these animals would serve as sled dogs. And this is their excellent work. Chinook Dog could pull heavily loaded sled over very long distances. Alas, unfortunately, to date, most of these wonderful dogs just died out, now it is known the existence of no more than 500 copies. Chinook Dog has become an extremely rare breed, and acquire such a puppy is now virtually impossible.

Height: 22-26 inches  Weight: 55-70 pounds  Lifespan: 12-15 years


The Chinook Dog is a true American breed of dog. He is well-balanced, with a prominent and flexible musculature. Moreover, Chinook Dogs are athletically build and are generally very attractive in appearance The Chinook is distinguished by his graceful carriage. Comparable Breeds: The Siberian Husky and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.


This is a very loyal, smart, relaxed and friendly breed of dog. Chinooks communicate well with children, other dog breeds and small pets. The Chinook Dog is slightly afraid of the new environment and strangers, but he never shows aggression nor timidity. He is reliable, patient and versatile. This dog breed makes an excellent working dog and a wonderful companion for the whole family. However, Chinooks are not very good watchmen, because they do not like to bark. These beautiful dogs have a very sensitive nature and therefore cannot be left alone for a long time.

Coat / Care:

Chinooks are covered with a woolen coat, consisting of two layers. The outer layer is thin, thick, medium in length and fairly tight to the dog’s body. The undercoat is very soft and thick. The neck, chest and tail are decorated with thicker, longer and richer hair. Since the Chinook Dog sheds intensely throughout the year, he requires brushing on a day-to-day basis. This will minimize the hair loss. On the other hand, this breed needs no more than a bath or two per year.

Health Problems:

The Chinook is a fairly healthy breed, but like any other breed, he is prone to several diseases. Hence, typical health issues seen in Chinooks include various eye problems (cataracts), canine hip dysplasia, epilepsy, gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea, constipation, vomiting) and itchy skin.


The Chinook Dog is a very intelligent dog breed, which always actively seeks to earn the praise and reward from its owner. It is highly recommended to follow a policy of early socialization and dog training obedience. Do avoid too harsh or heavy-handed training methods. As a matter of fact, respect, firmness, fairness and consistency are a must for Chinooks.


Do not keep this dog breed in a city apartment. Hence, the Chinook Dog requires a house with an enclosed, safe yard. Nevertheless, these dogs do not require a significant amount of physical exercise or mental stimulation. Chinook Dogs should not be kept outdoors. On the contrary, Chinooks are indoor pets. Representatives of this breed stand out in carrying heavy cargo, search and rescue, agility and flaybole.

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