Bred for the purpose of being a sled dog, Chinook dogs are people-oriented and gentle I’m sure you’ll adore. Learn more about this impressive four-legged pal as you read on.
Chinook: Some Facts You Should Know About This Pooch
One of the parent breeds of the Chinook, where it got its name from, was bred in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a sled dog, it loves hiking and competing in agility and engaging in other dog sports. In addition to being one of the best working dogs, they are also good with kids. For a fairly big dog, the Chinook is a highly trainable and adaptable pooch.
What does a Chinook look like?
Chinooks have an aquiline muzzle, dark almond eyes, and have a double-coat. The male has a masculine body built and the female has this distinct feminine look. Its coat is dense but is less dense if it’s from a warmer climate. The Chinook’s coat varies from light honey to reddish-gold. This pooch is a shedder and will shed heavily two times every year and in small amounts daily.
Male Chinooks can be as tall as 23 to 27 inches and weigh around 70 pounds. Female Chinooks, on the other hand, measure 21 to 25 inches tall and weigh about 55 pounds.
What is a Chinook like?
They can be expressive in the form of whining and “wooing”. This breed is recommended to be kept indoors and one of the reasons why is they are known to be diggers. The Chinook is a gentle dog and is seldom aggressive or shy.
Because of the Chinook’s intelligence, this fido is a fast-learner. However, you need to be consistent in training him. Otherwise, there’s a good chance this pooch will take advantage of you.
What is the origin of the Chinook?
The breed emerged when Arthur Walden crossed his dog whose name was Chinook with a Stock Husky in New Hampshire. His dog became a part of an expedition to Antarctica that made his sled dog well-known. In that very expedition, the dog wandered off and was never found which made them honor his memory by naming a portion of Route 113A in New Hampshire as Chinook Trail.
How are Chinooks around people?
Chinooks can be shy around people if they were not socialized at an early age. They tend to act dignified and reserved when around people they’re not familiar with. Both the male and female can be independent thinkers, but mostly the female. Because of the friendliness of this pooch, it may not be a suitable watch dog.
While Chinooks were originally bred as a sled dog, nowadays, this pooch is considered as a loving family companion. You can tag him along in your jogging or hiking activities as well since this dog is quite athletic.
What are the possible health concerns of Chinook dogs?
All breeds have health concerns to watch out for but it’s not always 100% sure they would have it. Depending on their genes and what they’ve inherited from their parents they could or could not acquire a specific disease. Some of the health issues a Chinook may have include cataracts, hip dysplasia, gastrointestinal issues, seizures, and skin problems. You can be prepared by knowing where your dog’s line originated from or by reviewing their parent’s medical history.
How much is the amount of food Chinook dogs need daily?
Chinook puppies need to be fed 3 to 4 times a day until they’re half-grown. As an adult, Chinooks are big dogs and would need around 3 and 1/8 to 4 and 5/8 cups of good quality dog food which would be divided into two meals daily.
See how adorable Chinook puppies are by watching this video:
The Chinook is an active dog and in need of vigorous exercise. They can be destructive when bored or if they aren’t able to exhaust much of its energy. If you don’t have the time or the required space it needs to be fit, then it may not be the best dog breed for you.
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Featured image via Aspencreek Chinooks