• SIZE: 6
  • GROOMING:: 6
  • BREED: Chinook
  • COLOR(S):Light brown to reddish gold.


 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. 


 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. 


 Chinooks require little grooming. Brushing every once in a while should suffice, as some naturally shed, while others only shed twice a year. 


Epilepsy, hip dysplasia, eye defects (cataracts). Other health concerns include: cryptorchidism (undescended testis), shyness, and skin problems. 


 Chinooks require little grooming. Brushing every once in a while should suffice, as some naturally shed, while others only shed twice a year. 


 Chinooks should have a firm handler when training. They tend to be head strong, making it difficult for the weak-willed to let them know who\'s boss. Although they need a firm hand, a heavy hand is not suggested. Chinooks do not respond well to negative training and have an intolerance for pain. They should be trained from puppyhood.