The thick double coat, typical of cold-weather breeds, requires regular brushing to minimize shedding.
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.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Chinook is a large breed and has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
His thick double coat will shed seasonally and requires regular brushing and occasional bathing. A good slicker brush will help remove dead coat during shedding. Their fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their prick ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Puppy socialization is a must for confidence building, which should include taking a puppy class. The breed was developed as a sled dog who function was both drafting and racing. 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. They prefer daily walks and a fenced in yard to play in, and they are always eager to engage with you in other activities.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease or patellar luxation, Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Chinooks are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Chinook can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.