Thinking about purchasing an Chinook? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Chinook breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Chinook owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Chinook and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Chinook Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Chinook and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Chinook is a distinct American breed of sled dog, with the tremendous power and endurance of the larger Alaskan freighting husky combined with the speed of the smaller Siberian husky used on the tundra. Chinooks are medium to large sized dogs, with a tawny coat and often black on muzzle, around the eyes and ears. They have a medium length double coat that is dense, soft and light in color. An old line of Chinook produced drop ears, which still survives today, but the erect ears are becoming more common. The breed has a saber-like tail, with furry feet which are webbed. Chinooks are said to be extremely good in endurance, strength and speed. They were bred for sledding, and have proven their abilities in the past. In 1940, the breed was challenged to prove its worthiness over the Malamute, Eskimo and Husky sled dog breeds. The sled was to drive 502 miles in Maine, with 800 lbs. of equipment, as well as a 13-year old boy. In 90 hours, the seven-dog-team arrived at their goal without one dog limping, as well as all of the dogs in excellent shape - some had even gained weight! A large working dog capable of pulling light to heavy loads, the Chinook exemplifies a sound athlete.
Height: 21 - 27 in.
Color: Ideal coloration runs from light
honey color to reddish-gold, with some black markings but NO white markings.
Dark markings on the eyes are also preferred, as well as dark markings on the
ears and muzzle.
Temperament: Calm, non-aggressive, and
friendly. Sometimes Chinooks are reserved with strangers, but they are very
good with children. They are quite headstrong and do require firm training,
but not harsh, painful training. They do not respond well to negative training,
but do need to know who is in charge. They are among the best sled dogs, possessing
great strength and endurance. They are protective of their family, loyal, and
very versatile. Chinooks are very intelligent, alert and quite trainable. They
get along very well with children and other animals, but they mature slower
than other breeds. They were bred to be within a family or unit, and therefore
long to be around their owners. They are not good outdoor pets, as they like
to be with family.
Watch-dog: Medium. Chinooks will alert
you to new sounds and smells, but do not always bark.
Chinook Care and Exercise: Chinooks require
little grooming. Brushing every once in a while should suffice, as some naturally
shed, while others only shed twice a year. The
Chinook needs only moderate exercise. Walks or jogs will do just fine, and obedience
training will keep the attention and body fit the same as a walk.
Activity: Medium. Chinooks enjoy being
inside, but are unafraid of any kind of outside work.
They save their energy for when the time comes.
Chinook Health Issues: Epilepsy, hip dysplasia, eye defects (cataracts). Other health concerns include: cryptorchidism (undescended testis), shyness, and skin problems.
Life Span: 10 - 15 years.
Country of Origin: United States
First Registered by the AKC: FSS (Foundation
Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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Monday, August 19, 2013