The Chinook was developed in the United States as a sled dog whose function was drafting and sled dog racing. Bred to combine the power of freighting breeds with the speed of the lighter racing sled dogs, he is an athletic, hard bodied dog showing good forward reach and rear extension in a seemingly tireless gait. The Chinook is an impressive dog, with an aquiline muzzle, dark almond eyes, black eye markings, a variety of ear carriages, and a tawny, close fitting coat. His saber tail is held in a graceful sickle curve. The male should appear unquestionably masculine; the female should have a distinctly feminine look and be judged equally with the male. A dignified and affectionate family dog, the Chinook is known for his love of children. The Chinook is to be presented in a natural condition with no trimming. The following is a description of the ideal Chinook.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease or patellar luxation, Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Chinooks are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Chinook can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.
Puppy socialization is a must for confidence building, which should include taking a puppy class. The breed was developed as a sled dog who function was both drafting and racing. Highly trainable, adaptable, and versatile, the breed thrives on regular exercise and activities such as backpacking, hiking, jogging, agility, and skijoring. Chinooks are not a protection breed and do not make good guard dogs. They prefer daily walks and a fenced in yard to play in, and they are always eager to engage with you in other activities.