The Chinook is a popular yet rare breed of muscular dog that originated in United States. It belongs to the miscellaneous class under the Working breed family which is remarkable for their guarding and hunting skills. Chinooks are sled dogs that have been bred for drafting and racing functions. Their medium-length double coat is thick and soft underneath, and tight and coarse in the outside. Its color is normally tawny or golden fawn.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Chinook breed commonly stand a height of 23 to 27 in at the withers, and weigh an average of 70 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, have a height of 21 to 25 in, and an average weight of 55 lbs.
Chinooks, in general, are hard-working, dedicated, and versatile sled dogs. They make excellent agility dogs which, aside from pulling sleds, are also capable in terms of carting, fly-ball, packing, search and rescue, and obedience activities. Chinooks are known to be calm and non-aggressive. They are dignified, and have a willing, friendly disposition. To keep them from becoming reserved with strangers and new surroundings, proper socialization must be done. Chinooks are graceful yet purposeful in action. They are alert but gentle, and very intelligent. The breed generally makes notable pets for children. They are loyal and can completely work even off-leash. Chinooks generally crave for human companionship; making them unsuitable for outdoor living. In addition, the breed needs a handler who is firm but calm, at the same time confident and consistent in disciplining them.
Chinooks are not demanding when it comes to coat care. Nonetheless, regular brushing and combing is still necessary. Bathing and dry shampooing sessions must be done only when necessary. Some Chinooks shed very minimally, while others tend to shed heavily.
Some of the common health complications associated with the Chinook breed include eye abnormalities, hormonal skin problems, hip dysplasia, cryptorchidism, spondylosis, and seizures. The breed is generally healthy with an average life span of 10 to 15 years.
Chinooks can thrive in living in an apartment as long as they get to receive regular exercise. They rarely bark, and can be left reliably right even after their puppyhood for some time. The breed is not suitable for outdoor living. Because they are very emotionally sensitive, isolation from humans can trigger their propensity to suffer from separation anxiety and other forms of emotional turmoil. Moderate exercise is necessary for Chinooks. Although they are not very active dogs, daily walks are still necessary.