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Chinook : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Chinook Ratings: Ease of Training: 5 /10 Intelligence: 7 /10 Shedding: 6 /10 Watchdog: 1 /10 Guard Dog: 2 /10 Popularity: 1 /10 Size: 6 /10 Agility: 9 /10 Good with Kids: 10 /10 Chinook Attributes: Life Expectancy: 10-15 years Litter Size: average of 5-9 puppies Group: Working Dogs Recognized ... Chinook




Chinook Ratings:

Ease of Training: 5/10
Intelligence: 7/10
Shedding: 6/10
Watchdog: 1/10
Guard Dog: 2/10
Popularity: 1/10
Size: 6/10
Agility: 9/10
Good with Kids: 10/10

Chinook Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years
Litter Size: average of 5-9 puppies
Group: Working Dogs
Color: Light brown to reddish gold.
Hair Length: Medium
Size: Large
Shedding: Moderate to Heavy Shed
Male Height: 23-27 inches (58-69 cm)
Male Weight: 55-90 pounds (25-41 kg)
Female Height: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm)
Female Weight: 55-90 pounds (25-41 kg)
Living Area:
The Chinook is not recommended for apartment living. They do best with a securely fenced yard, But they make fine apartment dogs so long as the owner makes a commitment to regular exercise and walking.

Complete information about Chinook Breed:

Overview :

The Chinook is a muscular dog with a compact frame. This sled dog has a body that is well balanced and a moderate bone structure. The Chinook has a deep chest that is prominent. The head has wrinkle free skin that has the appearance of being tight across the head. The Chinook has a powerful muzzle with enduring teeth. This breed has been described as having an entreating and curious glint. This is because of the appearance of its ears, which are bending and wind blown. The Chinook has a large nose with wide nostrils. The nose and lips are solid black. It has teeth that are best described as a scissors bite. The Chinook has almond shaped eyes that are moderately sized. It is preferred that this breed has dark brown eyes although lighter eyes are acceptable. The Chinook has oval feet that are compact with well arched toes and deeply cushioned pads. The feet of the Chinook are furry and moderately webbed. The tail of this breed is thick at the root and tends to taper at the tip. The tail of this dog hangs downward when it is standing, The tail hangs down when the dog is walking or running. The Chinook has a double coat. This breed has medium length hair. This breed has an undercoat that is thick and downy. The outer coat is more coarse and lies closer to the body. In climates that are very warm, less dense coats are more common

Chinook History :

The Chinook is a breed from the northern part of the USA. This breed came from a single ancestor. In 1917, the originator of the Chinook was born on a New Hampshire farm owned by author Arthur Walden. The father of the Chinook breed was one of three pups born to a Northern Husky female. The father was a large, mixed breed dog. The result of this union did not resemble either of its parents. The Chinook was an excellent sled dog. In 1927, it even went along with Admiral Byrd’s South Pole expedition. The offspring of the Chinook were bred to combine the most desirable characteristics of the small racing sled dogs, primarily their speed, with the strength of the larger freight dog. Around the time of the early 1900′s, this breed set records for running time, loads carried, and distance covered. Throughout the years, the Chinook has been bred by a small number of dedicated breeders. Most people are not aware of the Chinook. It is a very rare breed. They are so rare that the Guinness Book of World Records listed them as the rarest dog in the world in 1966. At that time, there were only 125 Chinook dogs in the world. By the time the 1980′s arrived, this breed was literally on the verge of extinction. At that time, there were only 12 breedable Chinook dogs remaining on the planet. In times past, the Chinook was an excellent sledding dog. Now they are more of a companion dog with the capability of doing various jobs. They still love carting and sledding.

Chinook Temperament and Character :

These are dedicated, hard-working and versatile sled dogs. Performing their given task is their primary concern in life. In addition to sled-pulling, the breed also can be used for carting, obedience, flyball, search & rescue, and packing. The build of the dog, coupled with their agile movement and drive, make them great agility dogs. One of the key breed characteristics is the Chinook's temperament: calm, non-aggressive, with a willing, friendly disposition. Chinooks are bred to work in teams and should not exhibit dog-aggression. Notwithstanding its gentle, even temperament, the Chinook is a dignified dog. Socialize well to prevent them from being reserved with strangers or unfamiliar surroundings. In action, the Chinook is graceful but purposeful, alert but calm. His expression reflects his intelligence; his proud carriage reflects his dignity. Most Chinooks make excellent pets for children, especially when the dog is raised with them, (even with rough & tumble children). Most Chinooks tolerate children even when they haven't had any contact with them. These dogs are incredibly loyal. They work totally reliable off-leash and really only want to be with you. Given acres and acres of land, the dogs are generally going to be wherever you are; so having a lot of space is not a requirement, but you do need to take them for daily walks where they are made to heel beside or behind you, never in front as the pack leader goes first. The Chinook needs to be close to its family and part of the family. They do not make good outdoor pets. The Chinook is generally good with non-canine pets. They need an owner who is confident and firm with them, but not harsh. If you are passive with them they will become strong willed. They need to be shown who is the "top dog". Chinooks are easily trained through positive reinforcement, but do not respond to heavy handed training tactics. A calm authority in a way dogs can understand is best. They are very smart, and only need to know what you want them to do.

Chinook Health Care :

Health problems associated with this breed include eye defects (cataracts), skin problems, hip dysplasia, seizures, and cryptorchidism.

Chinook Grooming :

The Chinook requires very little grooming. Its coat practically takes care of itself. This breed has a double coat. It consists of a undercoat that is downy and an overcoat that is coarse. It has been reported that some Chinook dogs shed for approximately a week, two times each year. Others have reported that their Chinook dog sheds heavily over the course of the entire year.

Chinook Training :

The Chinook breed is intelligent and eager to please.They need a firm handler for training. They tend to be head strong, making it difficult for the weak-willed to let them know who's boss. Chinooks do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods and also they do not respond well to negative training and have an intolerance for pain. They should be trained from puppyhood , early socialization and obedience training are recommended.

Chinook Activity and Exercise :

The Chinook requires only a moderate amount of exercise. These aren’t hyper dogs. This breed should be taken for a walk each day. After the necessary amount of exercise has been given tho this dog, they will usually either rest or entertain itself.

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