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  • The Chinook is AKC's 176th breed.
  • At the February 2012 Board Meeting the Chinook Club of America became the official parent club for the Chinook. The Chinook became eligible for AKC registration, December 1, 2012 and was eligible to competition in the Working Group, effective January 1, 2013. There will be an open registry for the breed until January 1, 2018.
  • At the November 2009 Board Meeting the Chinook Club of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Chinook and was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class this became effective June 30, 2010.
  • In December 2003 the AKC Board approved the eligibility of some Foundation Stock breeds, which meet certain criteria, for competition in AKC Companion Events (Obedience, Tracking, and Agility), effective January 1, 2004. The breeds must have a minimum of 150 dogs with three generation pedigrees recorded in the FSS®, a national breed club with members in at least 20 states, and an AKC approved breed standard. The Chinook was one of 20 breeds who met the requirements. Requests by breed clubs to have their breeds compete in the various Performance Events would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Chinook has been assigned the Working Group designation.
  • The Chinook has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2001.
  • Chinook is the Inuit word for warm winter winds.
  • The Chinook is one of a few dog breeds created in America.
  • The Chinook Breed was developed by Polar Explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900ýs on his farm in Wanalancet New Hampshire.
  • A Chinook sled dog team was the first team of dogs to the summit of Mt. Washington, NH in 1925.
  • In 1927 Arthur Walden, along with 16 of his male Chinooks, went with Admiral Richard Byrd's first expedition to Antarctica. The Chinook dogs were used to haul the expedition freighting sleds.
  • In 1941, Perry Greene and his team of Chinooks made a 502 mile journey in 90 hours, the longest sled dog trek made within the US at that the time.
  • In 1965, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the Chinook for the first of three times as the rarest dog, with only 125 dogs alive.
  • In 1966, Boeing Helicopters-Vetrol division obtained a Chinook named Charger as a mascot, and sent Charger to the 228th base at An Khe, South Viet Nam. Charger never made it back.
  • In 1981, only 28 Chinooks remained, and only 11 of these were used in breeding.




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