AKC PuppyFinder: Chinook Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Patient, smart, willing to please; a devoted family dog
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not particularly busy dogs, but they need consistent exercise to stay in proper hard condition
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-90 pounds (male), 50-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Even if you don't happen to need a sled pulled, this American sled dog will find many ways into your heart. The Chinook is very trainable and eager to please. He's a playful family pet, especially fond of children. With his strength and speed, he excels at dog sports like obedience, agility, herding and of course, sledding. Your Chinook puppy needs socialization, training and exercise. He'll be happiest with a fenced yard where he can romp and play with the family.

History & Job
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Origin: United States

Year Recognized: 2013

Breed History & Job Description: The Chinook was founded by sled-driver and explorer Arthur Walden, of Wonalancet, New Hampshire, in the years before World War I. As his foundation stock, Walden used a mastiff-type dog and descendants of one of Admiral Peary’s Greenland huskies. The pups he bred were admired for their all-around sledding ability and a friendly, affectionate nature. Walden named the breed after Chinook, the lead dog of his sled team. This dog was the breed’s granddaddy and the one to which all Chinooks trace their lineage.

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Chinooks are generally a healthy breed. 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.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Hip Evaluation
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