Life span: 13-15 Years
Height: 58-69cm (Male); 53-64cm (Female)
Weight: 25-41kg (Male); 25-41kg (Female)
Chinook dog breed is the new Hampshire’s official state dog which can be easily adaptable to a family environment. They are alert, calm and dignified pets which can be intelligent too. They originated from the United States of America and shed a little bit. They are not hypoallergenic and can be adopted in all families.
This large dog has medium sized ears that can either flop down or remain erect, and a tail that is long and rests down. Its eyes can be brown or light brown with a black nose. Its double coat is made up of a dense and soft undercoat, and a rough outercoat. It is short and straight and can have black markings on its face. Coat colors include brown, light brown, white, black, and grey.
Originating in New Hampshire, this breed began in the farm of Arthur Walden, a writer and explorer, in 1917. Its name comes from the word for warm winter winds, Chinook, and it was the name given to the first puppy that began this breed. Chinook did not resemble any of its parents, apart from general characteristics. Its descendants were originally used for pulling sleds, but later on they became more popular as companion dogs. There were only 125 left in 1966, and in 1980 they neared extinction. They are still rare dogs, but were recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1991.
This friendly dog is loyal, loving and gentle with its family. They get along well with children and other household pets. Although wary towards strangers, they do not make good watchdogs, and they are not aggressive. They are not known for barking, but rather for making small howling or whining sounds. They are highly active and need physical and mental stimulation to prevent destructive behavior. Training must begin at an early age and the owner must establish dominance as the leader.
Chinooks usually suffer from stomach, skin, and coat issues, such as constipation or itchy skin. They can also suffer from:
Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.
Cataracts, in which the lens of the eye clouds, causing partial or complete loss of vision.
Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.
Brushing should be done once a week, except during shedding season, when it should be done daily. Their nails need to be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears cleaned. They are high energy dogs that need plenty of daily exercise, preferably alongside their families. Training is easy with this breed, and they respond best to positive reinforcement. Unlike most breeds, they can be trusted without a leash. Early socialization is a must for this breed.