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The Chinook was developed in New Hampshire as a sled dog whose function was drafting and sled dog racing. Bred to combine the power of freighting breeds with the speed of the lighter racing sled dogs, he is an athletic, hard bodied dog. The Chinook, whose name means 'warm winter winds' in Inuit, was named New Hampshire's State Dog in 2009. The breed has a thick, tawny-colored (ranging from pale honey to a deep reddish-gold) double coat lying close to the body.

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A Look Back

The Chinook is one of the few American dog breeds. It was developed by Polar Explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900's by blending a Mastiff type dog with Greenland Husky as well as German and Belgian Shepherds. Walden created a sled dog with endurance, trainability, and a gentle nature. In 1940, Perry and Honey Greene purchased the Chinooks and promoted them for many years, becoming the sole producers of the breed. By 1965, the Guinness Book of World Records recorded the Chinook as the rarest dog in the world, but with the dedication of Chinook fanciers, there are now hundreds of Chinooks listed with the AKC.

Right Breed for You?

The Chinook is a playful, eager to please family companion that loves children. Highly trainable, adaptable, and versatile, the breed thrives on regular exercise and activities such as backpacking, hiking, jogging, agility, and skijoring. Chinooks are not a protection breed and do not make good guard dogs. His thick coat will shed seasonally and requires regular brushing and bathing.

If you are considering purchasing a Chinook puppy, learn more here.

  • Miscellaneous class; Working group designation.
  • Ranging in size from 22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Sled dog used for drafting and racing.

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