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The Chinook Breed was developed by Polar Explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900's on his farm in Wanalancet New Hampshire. Walden's farm was located along the same quiet country road, "The Chinook Trail", where Milton and Eva Seeley helped develop the AKC Siberian and Malamute breeds.

By blending a Mastiff type dog with Greenland Husky, German and Belgian Shepherds, Walden succeeded in creating an American breed of sled dog with power, endurance and trainability, with a friendly, gentle nature, and with a distinctive tawny color.

Walden and his Chinooks became famous in New England and beyond. In 1925, Arthur Walden's Chinook sled dog team was the first dog team to summit Mt. Washington, and in 1927 Walden, along with 16 of his male Chinooks, went with Admiral Richard's Byrd's first expedition to Antarctica where the Chinook dogs were used to haul the expedition freighting sleds.

In 1940, Perry and Honey Greene purchased the Chinooks and moved them to the Perry Greene Kennel in Warren, Maine, later to Waldoboro, Maine. The Greenes promoted the Chinooks for many years and they became the sole breeder of the Chinook, creating a great deal of mystique and legend about the Chinook breed and its history.

But in 1965, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the Chinook as the rarest dog in the world. With the love and dedication of Chinook fanciers, these American-bred tawny sled dogs have been saved from extinction, and there are now more than 600 Chinooks listed with the AKC's Foundation Stock Service.

Chinooks are affectionate family dogs, dependent on their owner, with a special bond to children. They are intelligent and easy to train, with a gentle and affectionate disposition and a calm and willing work ethic. As a working breed, the Chinook thrives on regular exercise: training and competing, along with activities such as backpacking, hiking, jogging, agility, and skijoring will keep a Chinook happy, fit, and healthy. Chinooks are not a protection breed and do not make good guard dogs.

Chinooks have been participating in AKC Companion Events since January of 2003. Chinooks are on track for acceptance into the AKC Miscellaneous Class in January of 2010.

Whether a Chinook is running in a team on a snowy trail, earning show titles in the ring, running an agility course, hiking on a desolate mountain trail, or snuggling on the couch with a beloved family member, the Chinook is the ideal all purpose canine companion.

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