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Chinook History

The Chinook is a dog originating in Siberia. The Siberian Husky and the Alaskan Malamute are its ancestors. It was used by the Chukchi people as a sled dog. It is believed to be the ancestor of many North American Arctic Sled Dogs, including the Inuit sled dogs. The name is from the native Athabaskan tribe of the Yukon, who crossed their dogs with wolf-dog hybrids.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Siberian Husky

Chinook Physical Characteristics

The Chinook is a mid-sized breed that typically stands between 18 and 22 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 35 and 50 pounds. They have a muscular, stocky, medium sized, and athletic build. They have a thick, double coat that is white, red, sable, or a blend of these colors and they have a large head with a broad, short muzzle. They have erect ears, large, round, dark, almond shaped eyes, and a black nose. The Chinook is a very intelligent, loving, protective, and devoted companion.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors


Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 27 inches

Female Height Range: 21 – 25 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 90 lbs

Female Weight Range: 55 – 90 lbs

Chinook Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Chinook Health Concerns

Usually A Very Healthy Breed, Excessive Shyness, Eye Abnormalities, Hip Dysplasia, Hormonal Skin Problems, Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism, Seizures And Spondylosis

Chinook Temperament and Behaviour

The Chinook is a very intelligent, independent, and hard-working dog. They are very playful and athletic, and love to be outdoors. They are willing to obey, but may sometimes be stubborn, which makes it difficult for them to train. They are great at working as assistance or guide dogs, and are also very protective of their owners.

Chinook Activity Requirements

Chinooks are a high-energy, intelligent, and sociable dog that was originally bred for sled pulling. Today, they are good companions that excel at a variety of outdoor sports. While Chinooks do require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, they also do well in homes with limited space. They are often content with a small backyard or a short walk. They also love to be on the go. They are a very intelligent and adaptable pooch. If you are considering a Chinook, be sure you are prepared to meet their exercise needs. While they may not be the best match for apartment living, they do adapt well to small spaces. A brisk daily walk or some indoor games can satisfy their need for physical and mental stimulation.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Chinook is part of the Working group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chinook is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Chinook is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chinook is part of the Unclassified group.

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